The Grand Gala included plenty of opportunity to celebrete the Great Gatsby era, in the Copper Room in Harrison Hot Springs. Funds raised will partly help with improvements in the Fraser Canyon Hospital. (Submitted photo)

The Grand Gala included plenty of opportunity to celebrete the Great Gatsby era, in the Copper Room in Harrison Hot Springs. Funds raised will partly help with improvements in the Fraser Canyon Hospital. (Submitted photo)

Great Gatsby event raises funds for Fraser Valley hospitals

Politicians, supporters and more gather in Harrison Hot Springs for fundraising bash

The Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation (FVHCF) held their inaugural Fraser Valley Grand Gala on Nov. 15.

Whilst basking in the glitz and glamour of the 1920s, 250 Fraser Valley gents and dames partied in Gatsby style in the Copper Room at Harrison Hot Springs Hotel as they raised approximately $110,000 in support of their local hospitals, including Fraser Canyon in Hope.

“As the Chair of the Board of Directors it is my pleasure to express our gratitude and show our appreciation,” said Mike Adkins, FVHCF board chair, to a sold-out crowd. Adkins went on to thank all the sponsors that made the night happen. This included the presenting sponsor Snowcrest Foods Ltd.

Abbotsford Mayor Harry Braun addressed the crowd as the Chair of the Fraser Valley Regional Hospital Board and light-heartedly noted that there were “a lot of politicians in the room” as there was great representation from Hope to Mission in attendance. Guest were also welcomed by the Hon. Adrian Dix, Minister of Health for B.C.

“We are delighted it all came together for a truly grand affair,” said Liz Harris, FVHCF executive director. “As a coundation, we are committed to the improvement of health care in all our communities in the eastern Fraser Valley. This is dependent on fundraising and what better way to do it than a night like this.”

For 2019/2020 the FVHCF has embarked on some ambitious goals for the communities they serve. Funds from the Grand Gala will help them to achieving their goal of to raise $3.5 million for better health care in several communities, including lab upgrades in Mission, Primary Care renovations in Chilliwack, stretchers for the Hope ER, and new equipment for the ER expansion in Abbotsford.

In addition to this event, they held their first Hope-based It’s a Wonderful Breakfast event, an expansion of the same event that’s been popular in Abbotsford and Chilliwack.

For more information, or to help your local hospital you can donate on line at fvhcf.ca or on by phone at 1-877-661-0314.

The Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation raises funds for vital equipment and programs funded or endorsed by the Fraser Health Authority. They serve the communities of Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack, Hope, Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs.

Just Posted

Jacqueline Pearce and Jean-Pierre Antonio received the BC Historical Federation Best Article Award on Saturday for their story about translating haiku written in the Tashme internment camp.
Article chronicling haiku in Japanese internment camp near Hope wins award

Tashme Haiku Club’s work was preserved and recently translated, authors write

Kindergarten kids from Evans elementary school in Chilliwack painted rocks with orange hearts and delivered them to Sto:lo Elders Lodge recently after learning about residential schools. (Laura Bridge photo)
Kindergarten class paints rocks with orange hearts in Chilliwack for local elders

‘Compassion and empathy’ being shown by kids learning about residential schools

Chilliwack potter Cathy Terepocki (left) and Indigenous enhancement teachers Val Tosoff (striped top) and Christine Seymour (fuchsia coat), along with students at Vedder middle school, look at some of the 500-plus pinch pots on Thursday, June 10 made by the kids to honour the 215 children found at Kamloops Indian Residential School. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Chilliwack students make hundreds of tiny clay pots in honour of 215 Indigenous children

‘I think the healing process has begun,’ says teacher about Vedder middle school project

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay
Webinar looks at sexual abuse prevention among adolescents

Vancouver/Fraser Valley CoSA hosts free online session on June 15

Emergency services were on the scene of an apparent stabbing Friday afternoon (June 11) in the 2400 block of Countess Street in Abbotsford. (Photo: Kaytlin Harrison)
Two suspects arrested after apparent stabbing in Abbotsford

Incident occurs Friday afternoon in 2400 block of Countess Street

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Premier John Horgan speaks as provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, right, and health minister Adrian Dix look on during a press conference to update on the province’s fall pandemic preparedness plan during a press conference from the press theatre at Legislature in Victoria, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. officials to provide details on Step 2 of COVID reopening plan Monday

Step 2 could allow for larger gatherings and a resumption of recreational travel

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Most Read