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Over $1.35 Million Raised at Surrey Hospital Foundation Gala

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Surrey Hospital Foundation’s 5th Annual Gala Raises Over $1.35 Million in Support of Surgery at Surrey Memorial Hospital

On Saturday, February 22, 2020, 680 local business, community, medical, and philanthropic leaders attended the 5th Annual Celebration of Care Gala at Aria Banquet Centre in Surrey. $1,352,000 was raised for innovative equipment purchases for the region’s largest and busiest surgical centre at Surrey Memorial Hospital.

Surrey Hospital Foundation hosted the sold-out event, themed after a glamorous, Hollywood-style after party. The gala began with an exciting red carpet experience where guests were fawned over by actors portraying Hollywood paparazzi. Emcees Keri Adams and Jason Pires of CTV led guests through the evening featuring dinner by Peake of Catering, and impressive entertainment with Vancouver’s pre-eminent DJs, DJ Chloe and DJ Pri. The live auction, led by beloved showman, Fred Lee, was a highlight of the event. After dinner, guests indulged in a dynamic dance party with Vancouver’s legendary Dr. Strangelove Band, with special guest Keri Adams.

“Our fifth annual gala was a great success,” says Jane Adams, President & CEO of Surrey Hospital Foundation. “In the past five years, our gala guests have raised over $10 million for Surrey Memorial Hospital. This year’s gala was about excellence. It was about supporting the excellent surgeons we have in Surrey and attracting more. In the race for exceptional medical talent, Surrey must win. Our residents deserve the very best.”

This year’s Gala Committee was led by Gala Committee Chair, Sonia Virk of Virk Viyas and Associate Lawyers. It was generously supported by over 40 sponsors, including Berezan Group and EllisDon who returned as Presenting Sponsors. Starline Windows, Qualico, and Blackwood Partners returned as the Dinner, Reception and Entertainment Sponsors. Surrey Honda generously donated a hybrid vehicle to the event raffle, and RBC enlisted the help of their Youth Ambassadors to help welcome guests to the event.

Westland Insurance joined the gala as Valet Sponsor, Newway and RBI were Diamond Sponsors this year, and Leith Wheeler returned as Silent Auction Sponsor. Heritage Office Furnishings and MNP joined the gala as Décor Sponsor and Wine Sponsor, respectively. Marathon Homes returned as Photo Booth Sponsor. Gold Sponsors included: BMO, Coast Capital Savings, Deloitte, Envision Financial, Guildford Town Centre, Hayer Builders Group, Murray Latta, Nanak Foods, Second Cup (Surrey Memorial), TD, Virk Viyas and Associate Lawyers.

Silver Sponsors included: Basran Wealth Management, Century Group, K-Bro Linens, KDS Construction, Manning Elliott, PearTree, Pitt Meadows Plumbing and Searay Foods. In-kind sponsors included 99 Nursery & Florist, Print Advantage, Aria Banquet & Convention Centre, BC Event Management, Bell Media, Black Press Media, Darpan Magazine, Drishti Magazine, Post Media, RedFM.

For more information, please visit surreyhospitalfoundation.com/gala.

Surrey604 is an online magazine and media outlet based in Surrey, BC. Through writing, video, photography, and social media, we secure an intimate reach to the public. We promote local events and causes.

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The 50 Women of Options: Laura Ballance

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On February 17th, Options Community Services launched its first capital fundraising campaign to raise $1.5 million for affordable housing units. The money is currently being raised through a partnership with 50 local women, all of who have pledged to raise $25,000 each in support of this project. Surrey 604 is encouraging public support of this project by featuring each of the 50 Women of options. Today we introduce Laura Ballance, president of Laura Ballance Media Group (LBMG).

Tell us your name, a bit about who you are, and your background? *

My name is Laura Ballance. I’m the President of Laura Ballance Media Group. We are a local PR, media, and advertising agency that works with great local businesses, national and international businesses. We are most known for our event work, and we are proud of our deep relationships with some of the best not-for-profit and charitable organizations in the province and country. 

What is your job title/what company or organization are you with? *

I am the President of Laura Ballance Media Group (LBMG).

What achievements in your life are you most proud of? *

Professionally, our work on the 2010 Winter Olympics, the UN World Urban Forum, TOIFA, the PNE. I was honoured to receive the 40 under 40 awards as well as being a finalist for the Women of Distinction Award. I’m also very proud to donate $100,000 in time and money annually to not for profits and charities across our region and country.

Why did the Women of Options affordable housing campaign resonate with you? Why are you supporting this initiative? *

I believe in giving back in the community where you have a direct connection, where you can use your time to advocate for change where required and have a more hands-on approach to gifting. I believe this campaign will move the bar in our region within the space.

What are your social media handles? *

Twitter 

Instagram

What is your website:

https://lbmg.ca/

Learn more about the Women of Options and make a donation to this important cause by visiting the website: Women Of Options

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The 50 Women of Options: Mary Martin

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On February 17th, Options Community Services launched its first capital fundraising campaign to raise $1.5 million for affordable housing units. The money is currently being raised through a partnership with 50 local women, all of who have pledged to raise $25,000 each in support of this project. Surrey 604 is encouraging public support of this project by featuring each of the 50 Women of options. Today we introduce Mary Martin, former Surrey City Councillor.

Tell us your name, a bit about who you are, and your background? *

My name is Mary Martin. I have been a wife for 40 years and I am a mother of three. I am also a proud Nana to four little ones!

What is your job title/what company or organization are you with? *

I am a retired City Councillor for the City of Surrey.

What achievements in your life are you most proud of? *

My first pride is my family. My other is my 13 years as a city councillor, helping to make the right decisions in developing our city so that people can live, work and play where they reside.

Why did the Women of Options affordable housing campaign resonate with you? Why are you supporting this initiative? *

My father was a great social activist, always doing for others to make their lives easier. Whether that be developing plans to fundraise to build better schools in our community, organizing food and toy baskets for families in need at Christmas time and taking me with him to deliver them on Christmas Eve, or developing a start-up fund that he called “Pennies From Heaven,” where he collected pennies to send to Africa to build schools there. He also was the first to start Meals on Wheels in our city where I was born. He instilled in me the importance of giving back. And the importance of community. The project of Options will bring safe, affordable housing to women and families, which also creates a community of wellness in their lives. 

What are your social media handles? *

Twitter 

Facebook

Learn more about the Women of Options and make a donation to this important cause by visiting the website: Women Of Options

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The 50 Women of Options: Anita Huberman

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On February 17th, Options Community Services launched its first capital fundraising campaign to raise $1.5 million for affordable housing units. The money is currently being raised through a partnership with 50 local women, all of who have pledged to raise $25,000 each in support of this project. Surrey 604 is encouraging public support of this project by featuring each of the 50 Women of options. Today we introduce Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade.

Tell us your name, a bit about who you are, and your background? *

My name is Anita Huberman and I have been the CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade for the past 15 years. In this role, I work with my team to serve more than 6,000 member contacts, providing businesses and organizations with economic opportunities, connections, and more. I am also an Honorary Captain of the Royal Canadian Navy.

What is your job title/what company or organization are you with? *

I am the CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade.

What achievements in your life are you most proud of? *

Being the CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade, where I can make a difference to businesses and to our economy.

Why did the Women of Options affordable housing campaign resonate with you? Why are you supporting this initiative? *

Affordable housing is an economic foundation. I believe that affordable housing should be called workforce housing, and Surrey needs to have housing options available to all income segments, offering quality workforce housing solutions. This building project will give individuals opportunities for productive pathways to give back to their communities and make a difference in their professional lives. 

What are your social media handles? *

Twitter 

Facebook

LinkedIn

Instagram

SBoT Twitter

SBoT Facebook

What is your web address?

www.businessinsurrey.com

Learn more about the Women of Options and make a donation to this important cause by visiting the website: Women Of Options

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The 50 Women of Options: Joan Forge

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On February 17th, Options Community Services launched its first capital fundraising campaign to raise $1.5 million for affordable housing units. The money is currently being raised through a partnership with 50 local women, all of who have pledged to raise $25,000 each in support of this project. Surrey 604 is encouraging public support of this project by featuring each of the 50 Women of options. Today we introduce Joan Forge, Retired Government Relations and Communications Professional.

Tell us your name, a bit about who you are, and your background? *

My name is Joan Forge and I am a Retired Government Relations and Communications Professional. My professional career was spent in Alberta. My husband and I moved to BC in 2018 when he became President of the BC Lions. Since retiring, and with Covid-19 restricting travel, I am enjoying the time to develop a home-based handcrafting business called One Day Mercantile.

What is your job title/what company or organization are you with? *

I am a retired Government Relations and Communications Professional.

What achievements in your life are you most proud of? *

First and foremost, our blended family and my daughter and grandchildren. Outside of the home, I loved the consulting business I built – helping companies develop and implement government relation strategies. Some of my most gratifying moments were the advocacy work I did with non-profit groups, along with a group of women in Edmonton, spearheading a fundraising dinner that has raised over a million dollars for ovarian cancer research.

Why did the Women of Options affordable housing campaign resonate with you? Why are you supporting this initiative? *

I recognize the need for affordable housing in B.C. While thankfully I never required affordable housing, as a former single parent I do have a passion for helping others in that situation. My affiliation with the BC Lions and their Be More than a Bystander program in partnership with Ending Violence Against Women BC has increased my awareness of domestic violence and my desire to help people in that situation. The Women of Options affordable housing campaign will directly benefit the people in both these situations.

What are your social media handles? *

Twitter

Instagram

 Facebook

Learn more about the Women of Options and make a donation to this important cause by visiting the website: Women Of Options

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The 50 Women of Options: Rebecca Bollwitt

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On February 17th, Options Community Services launched its first capital fundraising campaign to raise $1.5 million for affordable housing units. The money is currently being raised through a partnership with 50 local women, all of who have pledged to raise $25,000 each in support of this project. Surrey 604 is encouraging public support of this project by featuring each of the 50 Women of options. Today we introduce Rebecca Bollwitt, Digital Media Publisher (Miss 604/Sixty4Media)

Tell us your name, a bit about who you are, and your background? *

I am Rebecca Bollwitt, I was born and raised in Surrey, BC, and I have lived in Vancouver for the last sixteen years. I have been working in the digital media space for the last 21 years and in 2008 I co-founded my own consulting firm. I am also the founder and publisher of Western Canada’s most award-winning blog, Miss604.com.

What is your job title/what company or organization are you with? *

I am the co-founder of sixty4media and digital media publisher of Miss604.com.

What achievements in your life are you most proud of? *

I am proud that I have used my online publishing skills to support my community over the last two decades, through fundraisers, sponsorships, and campaigns I have helped local organizations big and small raise millions of dollars to support the extraordinary work they do. It was a very proud moment when I joined my first Board of Directors in 2016, working with Variety – the Children’s Charity of BC.

Why did the Women of Options affordable housing campaign resonate with you? Why are you supporting this initiative? *

I grew up in Whalley and I want to see others who live, work, and play in the community have access to resources and most importantly – a place to call home. 

What are your social media handles? *

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

What is your web address?

miss604.com

Learn more about the Women of Options and make a donation to this important cause by visiting the website: Women Of Options

 

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