Gold Heart Gala

Join us for an evening of elegance at Variety’s Gold Heart Gala

Variety – the Children’s Charity has a tradition of honouring a philanthropist each year for their work in the community and for Variety. This year at the Gold Heart Gala we are proud to be honouring two people who are philanthropic leaders in the community: Bob and Barbara Stewart. The gala, chaired by Mary Zilba, promises to be an evening of elegance, live entertainment and indulgent auctions, all to benefit kids with special needs in our community.

Our Auction Website is Live!

Including priceless artwork “Hollyburn Ferry” created by Benjamin Lumb, our silent auction boasts a selection of experiences and packages to indulge in. Don’t wait until the Gala to start bidding, make a bid no matter where you are by visiting our silent auction website. Even if you aren’t attending the event, you can support Variety and win some great experiences and packages!

About Bob & Barbara

Photo of Bob and Barbara Stewart

A former Chief of the Vancouver Police Department, Bob served as Variety’s Chief Barker in 1994, 1995, 1996, 2007 and 2008. Barbara was Variety’s first woman Chief Barker and pioneered Variety’s hugely successful Gold Pin program that was launched in 1991. They have both contributed to Variety in many ways through time, talent and treasure. Their passion for improving the lives of children is a global inspiration.

Join us as we present Bob and Barbara with the 2018 Gold Heart Award.

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  • Thursday, September 27, 2018
  • Fairmont Pacific Rim Fairmont Pacific Rim, 1038 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC, Canada View on Google Maps

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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 and the Government of Canada’s website at

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

Thank you,

Cally Wesson
CEO – Variety BC