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Danika Gallaher, Ledcor Group corporate communications manager; Taylor Gallaher, Beedie Development Group senior property manager; Cindy Beedie and her husband, Ryan Beedie, Beedie Development Group president and gala sponsor

31st annual gala raises more than $2.8 million in support of pediatric mental health

Over 400 guests attended the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation’s 31st annual Crystal Ball presented by Beedie Development on November 24 at the Four Seasons Hotel. More than $2.8 million was raised in support of pediatric mental health. The evening began with a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by welcoming remarks by emcee Chris Gailus, Global BC news anchor. The Crystal Ball committee chair was Jennifer Johnston. The ball conclude with a raffle draw and after-party.

Funds raised will allow the launch of a hospital-wide program that addresses the impact of pain on mental health, expanding current mental health programs and bringing hospital expertise to underserved communities.

As the province’s only full-service, pediatric acute care hospital, BC Children’s Hospital serves one million children living in B.C. and the Yukon. Since its inception, the Crystal Ball has raised close to $28 million.

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Susan Wannamaker, BC Children’s and Women’s Health president and Provincial Health Services Authority VP; and Teri Nicholas, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation president and CEO

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Kyle Washington, Seaspan Corporation executive chairman; and his wife, Janelle Washington

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Jana Maclagan, Bacchanalia past chair; and her husband, Bill Maclaglan, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP managing partner

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Howard Blank, Victory Square Technologies director; Mirela Resetar, Valmonte marketing and trade manager; Shachi Kurl, Angus Reid Institute executive director; and gala emcee Chris Gailus, Global BC News Hour anchor

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Judy Howard; and Hussein Shivji, Shivji Financial president

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Keith Brown, Financial Confidence Advisors founder and president; and his wife, Victoria Brown, business coach

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Rita Horozian, Rodeo Jewellers owner; Arya Eshghi, Crystal Ball committee member and past chair; and Di Horozian, Rodeo Jewellers

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Sarah Bell, BC Children’s Hospital provincial executive director of mental health; and Manny Trinca, Trinca Architecture principal

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Richard Prokopanko, P. Richards Canada Inc. principal; his wife, Jacquie Prokopanko; and Philip Myer, Rosewood Hotel Georgia managing director

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Tara Hawes, CIBC Banking Centre leader; and her husband, Jack Hawes, City of Nanaimo emergency vehicle technician

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Tori Sinclair and her husband, Martin Sinclair, Four Seasons Hotel GM

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Pat Duggan, Balfour Beatty GM; and Peter Pannell, Stuart Olson director of operations

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Ken Botterill; and Diane Botterill, Anderson Air executive assistant to Ryan Anderson

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Ron Emerson, Emerson Real Estate president; Dr. Darrell Rea, dentist; and Sue Rea, marketing manager

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David Eyre, Vermont Property Group principal; and Paige Leggat

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Jill Donaldson, IWJ Law partner; and Mike Brankston, Deloitte partner

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Lorne Segal, Kingswood Properties Ltd. president; and his, wife Melita Segal

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Gary Segal, Kingswood Venture Capital Corp. president; and Joy Metcalfe, entertainment journalist and B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame member

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Crystal Ball emcee Chris Gailus, Global BC News Hour anchor

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered a taped message to the audience