About Last Night with Fred Lee: Night of a Thousand Stars and Chinatown Foundation Gala

Patrons came out in spades to preserve Chinatown and support the future of surgery.

January 9, 2018

By Fred Lee, @FredAboutTown

Night of a Thousand Stars

The Event
Vancouver General Hospital and UBC Hospital Foundation’s Night of a Thousand Stars, presented by Telus, is an opportunity to raise a glass to visionaries and health-care professionals working to improve the health and well-being of British Columbians. The gala-do was Vanhattan’s biggest party of 2017.

The Cause
The 22nd staging saw more than 900 business, community and health-care leaders convene at the Vancouver Convention Centre to raise over $5.95 million—a record-breaking haul—to support cancer care and innovation, bringing the next generation of surgical robotics to VGH.

The Champion
Philanthropist Darlene Poole led the way, sparkplugging the extraordinary night with a $1.97 million gift to realize the technical upgrade needed by VGH. Poole and her late husband, Jack, who succumbed to pancreatic cancer, were instrumental in bringing the first robot, named Jack, to the city.

Leadership Award recipients Maggie and Ben Yeung.
Telus’s David Beck, Jill Schnarr and Kenn Hamlin.
UBC VGH Foundation CEO Barbara Grantham and health-care visionary Darlene Poole.
Society darlings Melita Segal and Arya Eshghi.
VGH doctors Mark Fitzgerald and Celine Bergeron.
Former VJ Monika Deol and her husband, Avtar Bains from Colliers.

Chinatown Gala

The Party
Fast becoming a leading date on the social circuit, the Chinatown Foundation Gala packed 750 guests into the Hotel Vancouver ballroom for its sophomore running of an event created to help preserve the district’s cultural heritage.

The Ringleader
Carol Lee, daughter of developer and philanthropist Bob Lee, is the force behind Chinatown’s revitalization. In addition to purchasing key buildings and businesses in the historic part of town, the UBC and Harvard grad created the Chinatown Foundation to revitalize the once-bustling area.

The Players
Lee, the CEO of Linacare, enlisted powerhouses Carole Taylor and Leslie Diamond to lead the charge, and Wallace Chung, Jacqui Cohen, Sam Feldman, Robert Ho, Paul Lee, Phil Lind, Brandt Louie, Joy MacPhail and Paul Wong to support the cause. The red-hot night raised $1 million.

Singer Ty Waters headlined Carol Lee’s Chinatown Gala.
Former B.C. Finance Minister Carole Taylor and Pacific Blue Cross CEO Jan Grude.
Talent agent Sam Feldman and his daughter Aiya.
Artist Paul Wong and Joy MacPhail.


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