One Night in Monte Carlo Gala raises $200,000

Our first ever One Night in Monte Carlo Gala was a fabulous evening of fun, fashion, whimsy and fundraising! $200,000 was raised for the Variety Mobility Program, helping kids move with freedom.

The latest production by The Social Concierge was a singular night to remember at the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront, as entertainment and classic casino favourites amounted to more than just another casino night fundraiser.

Commencing with a red carpet arrival, and featuring notable performances by the Manipulation Man, Enfuse dancers, and the always vivacious jazz vocalist, Amanda Wood, the evening felt truly glamorous and authentically meaningful. In the end, thousands was raised for Variety BC’s Mobility Program, which covers a range of equipment from wheelchairs and custom orthotics, right up to fully adapted vans and coaches.  

“Mobility has always been a core pillar of Variety’s grant funding,” noted Variety BC CEO, Kristy Gill. “I think the freedom of mobility is easy to take for granted, but for families that have children with special needs, this equipment can be absolutely life-changing. Our mobility program allows kids to stand, walk, and play – to be part of the community, or even just have that vital sense of independence.”

A highlight of the evening – beyond the abundance of glitz and glamour – was an extremely touching appeal by Jamie Jongbloets, whose son Johannes lives with severe hemophilia, and has been a Variety grant recipient on numerous occasions.

“It’s a very tough thing, emotionally, to see your child in pain, or having to struggle to enjoy a decent quality of life. It’s a raw deal, and there are thousands of families across BC who have to live it every day,” said Jongbloets. “But there is always hope, and that is a reason to be positive. That is what Variety – the Children’s Charity provides to families like mine every day.”

Throughout the evening attendees stepped up in a big way, contributing enthusiastically in the live and silent auctions with items provided by many generous sponsors. An additional $200,000 was raised during the always popular Fund A Need appeal, thanks to a generous matching donation by the Vancouver Foundation.

 

To learn more about the Variety Mobility Program, or to make a contribution, visit variety.bc.ca or call 1-800-381-2040. 

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Dear Variety Family,

During the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) global situation, our highest priority is the health, safety and well-being of our Variety donors, families, members, supporters, volunteers and all British Columbians.

Variety BC has been here for more than 50 years ensuring kids with special needs thrive. I would like to assure you that during this uncertain time, we will continue to be here for BC’s kids with special needs.

I also would like to provide you with an update on our response to date and our commitment to you moving forward:

  • In keeping with the BC Centre for Disease Control’s recommendations, we will be postponing all Variety events between March 16th and April 30th including our One Night in the Valley Gala on Saturday, April 4th at the Glass House Estate Winery
  • We have closed the Variety Office as a precautionary measure and are having employees set up to work-from-home. All in-person meetings will be moved to teleconference. We will evaluate working “virtually” on a week-to-week basis while actively monitoring the evolution of this global pandemic and returning to regular operating procedures once health authorities deem it safe for our staff to do so.
  • Due to our office closure, we have postponed the shipping of Robert Bateman’s Woodworkers – Pilated Woodpeckers posters and our Variety water bottles. Anyone looking for tax receipts will receive them via email
  • With the closure of BC’s schools, the need to ensure our kids are supported has never been so great. As such, our Heart of Variety Fund will continue to accept grant accept applications by e-mail.
    Like all of you, we will monitor the COVID-19 situation and communicate with you on important health and safety measures and decisions regarding events regularly.

We encourage you to stay informed by visiting BC Centre for Disease Control’s website at www.bccdc.ca and the Government of Canada’s website at www.canada.ca/en/publichealth/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19

We are grateful for your support as we navigate through this uncertain time.

Thank you,


Cally Wesson
CEO – Variety BC