Night of Wonders
Our annual Night of Wonders gala took place on March 8, 2018 at London Aviation Centre. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, donors, and guests, $550,000 was raised to grant the heartfelt wishes of BC & Yukon children.
In 2018, wishes took flight. Thank you for celebrating the magic and power of a wish with us. We look forward to granting even more wishes with you in 2019.
Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada is the largest and only all-Canadian wish granting charity dedicated to granting wishes to Canadian children between the ages of 3 and 17 who are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. For more than 30 years, Children’s Wish has worked tirelessly to grant heartfelt wishes to nearly 25,000 children and their families – that’s three wishes each and every day, all year long!
The annual Night of Wonders gala is the premier event of Children’s Wish, BC & Yukon Chapter, bringing together 350 of Vancouver’s business and cultural luminaries to help grant wishes for dozens of seriously ill children. Night of Wonders encapsulates the essence of wishes – creating joy, awe, and wonder. We are confident you too, will be inspired by the profound joy and transformation a wish can bring to a child with a life-threatening illness.
The 2018 Night of Wonders gala granted wishes for dozens of B.C. & Yukon children. Here are just six who benefitted from your support.
Diagnosed with Sickle Cell Anemia and associated complications
Currently imagining her most heartfelt wish
Diagnosed with Nodular Lymphocyte Predominant Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
Currently imagining his most heartfelt wish
Diagnosed with Long QT Syndrome
Travelling somewhere with nice beaches and good shopping
Diagnosed with QARS
Wishes to travel to Los Angeles for family vacation
Diagnosed Wilms Tumor
Received her wish of a Disney Caribbean Cruise in December 2017
Diagnosed with Osteogenesis Imperfecta Type 2
Wishes to meet Doctor Who
Experience the wonder of a wish at an unforgettable event in an unconventional space.
Night of Wonders re-imagines the traditional charity gala, embodying the excitement, joy, and power of a child’s most heartfelt wish.
This year’s gala was held at London Aviation Centre at Vancouver International Airport. With its vast space and high ceilings, the exquisite airplane hanger transformed into the beauty of the night sky, making it the perfect location to showcase the expanse and magnitude of a child’s wish.
Night of Wonders’ vision was realized by the dynamic and innovative event production company CountDown Events. Soha Lavin and Jenny De Jong transformed the London Aviation Centre’s airplane hangar into a magical, aerial and wondrous space where wishes took flight.
CountDown Events joined us for the 2017 gala, creating a lush and classical decor for our 250 guests.
“You help heal wounds that no one can see – the emotional toll that is placed upon a family when their child is diagnosed with a life-threatening condition. Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts. We will never forget this.”Lisa, Wish Mom
2018 Organizing Committee
Night of Wonders Committee Co-Chair
Night of Wonders Committee Co-Chair
Loveena Chera • Kimberly Desmarais • Robin Gill • Caroline Haselden
Shannon Heth • Dr. Shannon Humphrey • Soha Lavin • Kate Rassekh
Join Us in creating a spectacular evening
Thank you to all our 2018 sponsors and auction donors. If you’re eager to join us in 2019, please contact Hannah Smith at hannah.smith[at]childrenswish.ca.
Thank you to our sponsors
Pacific Blue Cross and the Canadian Association of Blue Cross Plans have a long history with Children’s Wish. For 28 years, they have provided the wish travel insurance for every child at no cost, also waiving pre-existing conditions. And now, for the 4th year Pacific Blue Cross will continue to support Night of Wonders as the presenting sponsor. Pacific Blue Cross makes it possible for our wishes to take flight.
PRODUCTION & CULINARY
Art of the Party • Joshua Blasman • Bold Event Creative • Matthew Boroditsky • Burrard Hotel • DJ Chloé • Sage Saress & Lynn-Anne Graham • Jaimey Hamilton • Jessica Hollander • Night of Wonders Gala Committee • Hotel Georgia • Free Lee • Joshua Litton • London Aviation Services Staff • Sophie Lui • Siegel Entertainment • Bikki Singh • Star Limousine • Stephanie Van Dyck • All of our amazing volunteers