Le Cirque du Soirée raises $480,000 for Peace Arch Hospital

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It was a spectacular evening under the big top on Saturday, May 6 when the sold-out Peace Arch Hospital Gala brought a dazzling night circus to White Rock, complete with wine fairies, acrobats, Cirque performances, a fortune teller, strolling tables of Champagne, candy girls and a grand finale that featured fire dancers.

“Each year Peace Arch Hospital Foundation puts on this event as a way for our community to come together to support health care close to home,” said Stephanie Beck, Peace Arch Hospital Foundation’s Executive Director. “We set a record this year by raising nearly half a million dollars for a new hospice residence at Peace Arch. We are overwhelmed with gratitude for our generous donors and sponsors, guests and volunteers for supporting their hospital.”

CBC’s Man About Town, Fred Lee, lent his talents as the auctioneer while a ringmaster kept the crowd of 475 guests entertained as Master of Ceremonies.

“We raised the bar of this event last year, and I believe we’ve done it again,” said Siobhan Philips, board chair of the Foundation. “Our goal is always to inspire philanthropy, to celebrate with those who share our passion for quality health care, and to throw the best party in town!”

The evening was presented by CIBC Wood Gundy – The Yarmoshuk Financial Group, with support provided by Digital Sponsor, Zenterra Developments, and Diamond Sponsors, Isle of Mann and Westland Insurance, along with long-standing media sponsor, Peace Arch News, and many other generous local businesses.

A 21-person steering committee, led by co-chairs Joelle Paleologou and Ritu Khanna, worked for more than six months to prepare for the event and 100 volunteers lent their support event-night.