Star-studded event featuring Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Phil and Steven Tyler raises $10.2 million

Over 1,000 VIPs and business leaders attended the David Foster Foundation Founders’ Dinner on October 20 at Parq Vancouver followed by a gala concert at Rogers Arena the following day. The gala raised more than $10.2 million dollars, including $1 million each from Jimmy Pattison and Jim Treliving. Friday night’s Founders’ Dinner was an intimate affair with surprise guest Reba McEntire appearing to the surprise of David Foster 16-time Grammy award winner. Ruben Studdard, Sheléa Frazier, Jordan McGraw and Pia Toscano also performed at the dinner. The London Essentials had guests on their feet as the band travelled from table to table serenading VIP’s.

Saturday night’s gala at Rogers Arena included Oprah Winfrey walking the red carpet, along with Jay Leno, Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf, Steven Tyler, Cee Lo Green, Carly Rae Jepsen, Dr. Phil and many others. Laura Bretan performed, as did Matteo Bocelli, The Tenors, Jay Leno, Reba McEntire, Cee Lo Green and Steven Tyler.

The David Foster Foundation 30th Anniversary Miracle Gala & Concert was presented by Parq Vancouver, a new hospitality and entertainment destination in the heart of downtown Vancouver’s entertainment district. Parq Vancouver is home to the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver and a first-to-market Autograph Collection Hotel, the Douglas.

For the past three decades, the David Foster Foundation has supported the non-medical expenses of more than 1,100 Canadian families undergoing life-saving pediatric organ transplants. When on this journey, many families have to split their time between their home and a city that has one of Canada’s eight pediatric organ transplant centres. Under these circumstances, the medical system does not support these non-medical costs. Expenses include everything from groceries and gas to rent and flights.

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Mila and Brian Mulroney, former prime minister of Canada, walk the gala red carpet

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Dr. Phil McGraw, TV talk show host; his wife, Robin McGraw; Katherine McPhee, singer/actress; and David Foster, Grammy award-winning producer

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Oprah Winfrey, American media proprietor; and David Foster, Grammy award-wining producer

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Michael Ravenhill, David Foster Foundation CEO; David Foster, Grammy award-winning producer; and Don Cleary, Marriott Hotels of Canada president

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Robin McGraw and her husband, Dr. Phil McGraw, TV talk show host

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Oprah Winfrey, American media proprietor

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Country music superstar Reba McEntire

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Peter Legge, Canada Wide Media Ltd. chairman and CEO; and Steven Tyler, Aerosmith lead singer

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Singers Ruben Studdard and Sheléa Frazier

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Bo Derek, actress; and her sister, Kerry Perez

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Don Cleary, Marriott Hotels of Canada president; Mitzi Gaskins, JW Marriott VP and global brand manager; Lee Banister, independent HR consultant; and Dan Sandroni, marketing and customer experience professional

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Pia Toscano, singer

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Melissa Peterman, actress

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Dr. Phil’s son Jordan McGraw and Drew Langan from the band Hundred Handed

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Vern Goldsbury, Midas Auto Service Experts CEO; Isabelle Hutton; Janine Swanson, Skinsational Laser Clinic owner; and Roger McKinnon, Old House Hotel & Spa owner/partner

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Global BC anchors Sophie Lui and Chris Gailus

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David Knight, Georgian Capital president; Jimmy Pattison, Jim Pattison Group chairman and CEO; Mel Cooper, David Foster Foundation honorary director and philanthropist; his wife, Carmela Cooper; and Sylvana Dearden, Georgian Capital marketing manager

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Jim Reger, David Foster Foundation past president; Joan Reger; Eric Bedard, magician who has performed at the gala for the past 20 years; and his wife, Linda Bedard

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Michael Ravenhill, David Foster Foundation CEO; and Ben Mulroney, eTalk TV host

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Carly Willis, RSA manager; and her husband, Jonathan Willis, PWC senior manager

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Judy Warwicker; and Scott Kotyk, entrepreneur

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Jean Milne; and her husband, Bryan Milne, OHM Partners Ltd. partner

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Mel Cooper, David Foster Foundation honorary director and philanthropist; Kay Legge; Peter Legge, Canada Wide Media Ltd. chairman and CEO; Carmela Cooper; and Ken Mariash, Focus Equities co-owner

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The Tenors pose with the staff from the Global BC News Hour

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Mitzi Gaskins, JW Marriott VP and global brand manager; Scott Menke, Paragon Gaming CEO; and Don Cleary, Marriott Hotels of Canada president

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Mitzi Gaskins, JW Marriott VP and global brand manager; Scott Menke, Paragon Gaming CEO; and Don Cleary, Marriott Hotels of Canada president

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Michael Ravenhill, David Foster Foundation CEO, takes the stage

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David Foster is interviewed by Michael Ravenhill

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David Foster takes the stage

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David Foster; Ruben Studdard; and Michael Ravenhill

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David Foster and Pia Toscano performing Celine Dion

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David Foster is grilled by actress Melissa Peterman

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Reba McEntire surprises David Foster on stage unannounced

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Reba McEntire surprises David Foster on stage unannounced

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Reba McEntire and Melissa Peterman

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Reba McEntire surprises David Foster on stage unannounced

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Reba McEntire and Melissa Peterman

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Reba McEntire and Melissa Peterman

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David Foster and Reba McEntire

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Wanda Hawkins; her husband, Ronnie Hawkins OC, American/Canadian rockabilly musician; and Linda Leatherdale, Cambria VP business and marketing

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Christie Darbyshire, Arts Umbrella Splash co-chair; and her fiancé, David Garofalo, Goldcorp CEO

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The London Essentials band performs for Steven Tyler and Brian Mulroney’s table

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Jimmy Pattison, Jim Pattison Group chairman and  CEO, chats with former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney

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Elizabeth Blau, Blau + Associates founder, who developed all the restaurants at Parq Vancouver; and Francesco Aquilini, Aquilini Investment Group managing director

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The London Essentials band performs for guests

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The London Essentials band performs for guests

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Dessert is ready to be served

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Ruben Studdard, American Idol winner and American R&B, pop and gospel singer; Carmen Educate, Ruben’s production manager; and Matt Ross, David Foster’s tour manager

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David Foster and Jordan McGraw from the band Hundred Handed 

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Jimmy Pattison, Jim Pattison Group chairman and CEO, walks the Saturday night gala red carpet

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Dr. Phil McGraw; his wife Robin; David Foster;and Steven Tyler

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David Foster and Steven Tyler

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Oprah Winfrey, American media proprietor

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Oprah Winfrey, American media proprietor

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Oprah Winfrey, American media proprietor

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Aimee Preston and Steven Tyler, Aerosmith lead singer

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Jay Leno, comedian

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Jay Leno, comedian

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Steffi Graf, professional tennis player; and her husband, Andre Agassi, professional tennis player

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Singer/songwriter Cee Lo Green

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Singer/songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen

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Actress Bo Derek

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Singer Sheléa Frazier

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Matteo Bocelli, opera singer and also Andreas Bocelli’s son

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Scott Menke, Paragon Gaming founder and CEO; and Elizabeth Blau, Blau + Associates principal

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Terry David Mulligan, media personality

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Christina Giusti; and her husband, Trevor Linden, Vancouver Canucks president

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Ben Mulroney and his wife, Jessica, on the gala red carpet

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Amanda and Rick Hansen, Canadian paralympian, activist and philanthropist

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Katharine McPhee, singer/actress; and David Foster, Grammy award-winning producer

 

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Russ Courtnall, former NHL player; and his wife, Paris Courtnall, actress

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Cheryl and Andy Szocs, philanthropist

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Vern Goldsbury, Midas Auto Service Experts CEO; and Isabelle Hutton

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Daryll Jones, Overwaitea Food Group president; and his wife, Elizabeth Jones

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LadyPants Productions co-founders Mary Zilba and Fiona Forbes

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Our City Tonight’s Leeta Liepins interviews Jay Leno, comedian

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Bagpipers lead in the head table

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Carly Rae Jepsen performs

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The David Foster Foundation Gala at Rogers Arena