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Peace Arch Hospital Foundation raises more than $1 million at record-setting gala!

Monday, May 14, 2018

It was a British invasion in White Rock last Saturday when A Hard Day’s Night, Peace Arch Hospital Foundation’s 2018 gala, broke fundraising records when a staggering $1,016,709 was raised to support a new 73-bed mental health unit for our community.

“All of us at the Foundation are overwhelmed with the absolute incredible generosity that flowed throughout our event last Saturday,” said Stephanie Beck, Peace Arch Hospital Foundation’s Executive Director. “This is a record beyond our wildest dreams and we are so thankful to our philanthropic community for their commitment to health care and Peace Arch Hospital.”

The fundraising was kicked off with the announcement of a whopping $500,000 matching gift by an anonymous donor who was in the room. Guests stepped up to the challenge, including Past Foundation Board Chair, Art Reitmayer and his wife Marj, and local philanthropists Vern and Helga Höing, who each donated $100,000 towards the match. CBC’s Man About Town, Fred Lee, lent his talents as the auctioneer while Austin Powers kept the crowd of 500+ guests entertained as Master of Ceremonies.

Entertainment included Beatles tribute-artists, The Fab Fourever, go-go dancers, British guards, John Lennon and Yoko Ono in their honeymoon Bed-In for Peace and the Queen of England, herself.

“This was a spectacular night for philanthropy,” said Siobhan Philips, board chair of the Foundation. “Not only did we celebrate the best of Britain, but we also celebrated our wonderful community of health care champions. Special thanks go to our amazing volunteers who put their hearts into planning this event, year after year.”

The evening was presented by CIBC Wood Gundy – The Yarmoshuk Financial Group, with support provided by Digital Sponsor, Zenterra Developments, Diamond Sponsors, Isle of Mann, Marketing 604 Group and Westland Insurance, Platinum Sponsor, Kim Karras of BKS Law, long-standing media sponsor, Peace Arch News, along with many other generous local businesses.

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

Links to event photos and the video for mental health care that premiered at the event will be posted on Facebook.