Fred Lee’s Social Network: Feb. 14 – The Province
MONKEY BUSINESS: Tapestry Foundation for Health Care ushered in the Year of the Monkey by hosting its annual Scotiabank Feast of Fortune charity dinner. Held at the Westin Bayshore Hotel ballroom, chairs Margaret Chiu, Paul Oei and Heather Pei Huang, together with honorary chair Sing Lim Yeo, fronted the gala in support of Mount Saint Joseph Hospital, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary. Five Chinese master chefs who recently won gongs at the Chinese Restaurant Awards kicked off the marathon evening of food, fun and philanthropy, serving their signatures dishes to some 800 guests at the event.
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Fundraising to purchase vital equipment for the hospital’s emergency department was the focus of the foundation’s signature Chinese New Year event, now in its ninth year. Media personalities William Ho and Lisa Wu served as masters of ceremonies, while John MacDonald and yours truly orchestrated the live auction of one-of-a-kind trips, experiences and luxury sports cars supplied by Luxury & Supercar Weekend founder Craig Stowe. The 15-lot sale, along with ticket sales, sponsorships and personal pledges from party guests that ranged from $250 to $20,000, helped generate a record-setting $845,000, up 15 per cent from the previous year.
Notables lending their support included Dianne Doyle, CEO of Providence Health Care; Tapestry Foundation CEO Ann Adams; Winnie Leong, Scotiabank senior vice-president, B.C. and Yukon region