Thank You for a Night of Wonders
The third annual gala to benefit the BC & Yukon Chapter of The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada - which took place on Thursday, March 31st - truly lived up to its name as a Night of Wonders.
This stunning evening, presented by Pacific Blue Cross, saw guests enjoy an unforgettable culinary experience from Edible Canada. Autoform Performance was transformed into a unique and magical gala space, which was filled with almost 200 of Vancouver’s most glamourous and generous business luminaries.
The audience was brought to its feet in a standing ovation when Wish Child Ida Yang performed “Nataliana” on the harp she received as her wish. Guests bid generously on 5 live auction lots, including an Edible Canada Yukon Whisky Dinner, which host Fred Lee auctioned off twice after a bidding frenzy inspired Edible Canada President & CEO Eric Pateman to donate a second package. They also gave from the heart after wish mom Natasha Prokosh shared her family’s story.
All told, the evening raised $250,000 for Children’s Wish, which will support their mission of granting wishes for Canadian children aged 3-17 who are facing a life threatening illness.
Photos courtesy of Martin Szabo Photography
Returning for the third year on March 31st, Children’s Wish’s most glamorous fundraising event – WISH Gala – will be reimagined to become a…
An extraordinary event in an unconventional space...
Similar to the care and love that goes into planning each child’s wish, The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, BC & Yukon Chapter’s signature fundraiser has always been infused with the same level of passion and attention to detail.
Autoform Performance Vancouver, 2nd & Clark
Thursday March 31st, 2016
6:00pm Red Carpet Arrival & Reception
$495 per person
Corporate Table $5,000
Night of Wonders is currently sold out - please contact Meghan.Bradner@childrenswish.ca to join our waitlist.
This stunning evening includes:
Starters by Fable
Three courses by Edible Canada
BC wine pairings by Le Vieux Pin & Liquidity
Portraits by The Collective You
Unforgettable music & entertainment by DJ Leanne-GirlOnWax, Shawn Hallgren & SideOne
Reception & after-party wines by Kendall-Jackson
A tax receipt for a significant portion of the ticket price
Big 3 Media
Can-West Display Services Ltd.
City of Vancouver
DJ Leanne - GirlOnWax
hot soup media
Love by Phoebe
All of our wonderful volunteers!
OUR LIVE AUCTION
Lot 1: Helicopter Escape to Nita Lake Lodge
It may seem strange to visit Whistler in the winter in order to heat things up, but a romantic weekend getaway for two to the beautiful mountain resort will do exactly that. Arrive at the picturesque Nita Lake Lodge in style courtesy of SKY Helicopters, where a three-course dinner with wine pairings at the lakeside Aura Restaurant and Lounge kicks off your two-night stay in a gorgeous studio suite. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon with a couple’s Swedish massage and on your second night, enjoy the Chef Tasting Menu at Araxi Restaurant & Oyster Bar (the ultimate aphrodisiac, of course) before returning home in comfort and class with Star Limousine.
Donated by: Araxi, Nita Lake Lodge, SKY Helicopters, Star Limousine
Restrictions: Sky Helicopter valid from Sept 12, 2016 to March 31st, 2017. Nita Lake Lodge valid until March 31st 2017, not valid CAD/US long weekends, Dec.20th- Jan 5th, June 22nd - August 31st. Booking dates subject to availability. Araxi dinner not valid during December, valid Sunday through Thursday, exclusive of beverages and gratuity.
Lot 2: Once In A Lifetime Weekend!
Liquidity Wines invites you to indulge in some Okanagan escapism. The stunning South Okanagan winery, nestled between Vaseux Lake and Skaha Lake, will host your party of four for two nights in their VIP suite. This suite is not available to the public! And VIP is the theme of the weekend, as a private limousine guides you through the valley for a tasting tour of B.C.’s best wines. Cap off a perfect day with a Chef’s Dinner in the award-winning Liquidity Bistro. The only down side to this package is that you won’t want to come home.
Donated by: Liquidity Wines
Restrictions: Liquidity Wines is closed mid-December to beginning of March. Booking dates subject to availability, expires June 30th, 2017. No cash value.
Lot 3: Gentlemen’s Night In
Gentlemen, this package is for you. Plan a guys night in with 7 of your friends including fine food, drinks and cigars! To start, locally renowned restaurant, Fable in Kitsilano will cater to you and your guests providing fresh locally produced bites (think hefty appetizers). Wash it down with exquisite liquors from Liberty Distillery such as Endeavour Old Tom Barrell Aged Gin & Rail Spur and White Wildflower Honey Unaged Grain Spirit. Then top it off with cigars from a Davidoff Royal Robusto Gift Set including an assortment of 10 of the world’s best cigars, complete with a Davidoff Macassar Office Humidor.
Lot 4: Ultimate Yukon Whisky Dinner
The Yukon is known as a must see destination. Experience the True North Strong and Free in all of its glory with a round trip for two to the Yukon courtesy of Air North and experience the Ultimate Canadian Whisky Dinner by Edible Canada. Dinner consists of five courses, each served in a different iconic Northern location, including a Trappers Hut, a luxurious Northern lodge, and beneath the world-famous Northern Lights. To top off this distinctly Canadian experience, each course will be accompanied with uniquely Canadian whisky pairings. An exclusive experience curated and guided by Executive Chef Eric Pateman of Edible Canada. Guests will stay for 2 nights at the renowned Inn on The Lake, a rustic yet luxurious lodge ranked among National Geographic Traveller’s ‘Top 150 Places to Stay’.
Donated by: Air North, Edible Canada
Restrictions: Exact date determined by Edible Canada, plan for month of April 2017.
Lot 5: Dinner at Holt Renfrew
No one knows luxury quite like Holt Renfrew. The iconic specialty retailer will host a one of a kind private dinner party for you and your guests. This unique evening is in partnership with Vancouver’s premier catering company, The Lazy Gourmet, who will prepare an exquisite meal with wine pairings for you and nine guests. The recipient of this highbrow package will also receive a $1000 Holt Renfrew gift card.
Donated by: Holt Renfrew, The Lazy Gourmet
Restrictions: Valid on select Monday or Tuesday nights before July 31st 2016, subject to store’s availability, non-transferable, no cash value.
The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada works with communities across the country to provide children with life threatening illnesses the opportunity to realize their most heartfelt wish. By creating unique, meaningful experiences, Children’s Wish enhances quality of life for these courageous children and their families.
- We have granted more than 23,000 wishes across Canada over the past 31 years.
- We are a Canadian charity with Chapters in every province & territory.
- The B.C. & Yukon Chapter approved over 150 Wishes in 2015 alone.
- We receive no government support and are entirely funded by the generosity of individuals, corporations, community groups and foundations.
- We have never denied a wish to an eligible child and have no waiting list.
The 2nd Annual WISH Gala was a truly inspiring evening and a huge success raising over $170,000, $60,000 more than its inaugural year in 2014. Held at Vancouver’s historic Vogue Theatre, nearly 200 glamorous guests dressed in gowns and bow ties gathered in support of wish granting and The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada.
Jessica Hollander (CHAIR)
Dr. Shannon Humphrey
Cristina Samper Pearl