I had a great time MC’ing Stella Price’s Customer Appreciation Gala last night! Stella is the Realtor’s Realtor in North America, and threw a party for 400 clients, customers and friends. There were prizes that included a Fiat 500, and a trip for 2 to Rome Italy! ABRA-CADABRA, the ABBA Tribute Band entertained, and brought down the house. We dined on a beautiful buffet at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in downtown Vancouver, learned more about the Vancouver House project, and heard about an exciting project from Peter Dupuis about World Housing. A great evening…Stella..She’s Simply the Best!
I’ll be mc’ing a reception on Tuesday June 10th at the new Ronald McDonald House. The reception will be an opportunity to show off the new facility, and to say thank you to McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada, and the B.C. Owner Operators who have contributed more than 6 Million dollars to the 31 Million dollar project. The brand new facility will welcome families of seriously ill children from across B.C. and the Yukon. 73 rooms and amenities will be able to serve more than 2500 families a year.
I’m very excited to have been invited back to be part of the Miracle Weekend Telethon for B.C. Children’s Hospital this weekend. I’m looking forward to working with all my old friends from Global TV. The Telethon runs on Global from 6:55pm Saturday May 31 to Sunday June 1 at 5:30pm. This will be the 27th year for the major fundraiser for the only Children’s Hospital in the province. Last year more than 85,000 children throughout B.C. and the Yukon made over 230,000 visits to the hospital.
Well, after searching for a year, we’ve finally found a house to buy! Downsizing seems to be the thing to do these days, and that’s what we’re doing. The month of April was a busy one for house hunting, and June will be the moving month. Quite a relief to be able to get back to normal, and start to concentrate on the freelance life again.
Linda Annis, the Executive Director of CRIME STOPPERS has invited me to be a Member of the Board of Directors with the Crime Stoppers Foundation.
I happily accepted her invitation, and look forward to helping the Foundation with the upcoming fundraising campaigns.
I also look forward to working with old friends Steve Halliday who is also a board member, and Foundation Vice President John Ashbridge.
We had a Celebration of Life get together yesterday for Vancouver Radio Personality, Jack Kyle. It was a wonderful afternoon hosted by Jack’s family. Friends, neighbours and family shared photos and stories about Jack. A number of people who worked with Jack at CKNW were there, remembering what a true professional he was. He’ll be missed. Condolences to the family.
As Jack would say at the end of each broadcast, “Cheers Customers”
Wow, what a great turnout. Semiahmoo Shopping Centre hosted the first annual “Ignite a Dream” fundraiser for the Surrey Firefighters Charitable Society tonight. Close to 300 people attended the fancy affair that featured 46 VQA vintners, and food samples from 15 restaurants! Money was raised through ticket sales, silent auction, and live auction. Mostly it was a great time for people to graze and schmooze and help out the cause. I was the mc and auctioneer for the night, and we’ll have to wait and see how much money was raised for the cause. I’m here with the President of the Surrey Firefighters Union Local 1271, Mike McNamara. The cause is a program that is designed to help remove barriers and ignite the dreams of school children in surrey, by providing educational opportunities that wouldn’t exist without the financial support of Ignite the dream. Thanks to all who attended, and the many sponsors for their support, and Semiahmoo Shopping Centre for opening its doors for such a great cause, and successful event.
Had a great time working a CKNW AM AM980 radio remote broadcast today with Grace Pickell of Fortis B.C. We let the listeners know all the good reasons to switch to Natural Gas, and also threw in some energy saving tips. The NW crew was fun to work with, and we got to meet and talk to lots of listeners/viewers. It was a big crowd today, on a snowy, rainy Saturday.
Last night I mc’d the Georgie Awards, a black tie banquet at the Vancouver Convention Centre West. The Georgie Award celebrates the excellence in home building, by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association of British Columbia. It’s the premier event of the year for the CHBA B.C. and this year was the 22nd year, attended by over 500 people.
The venue was stunning, overlooking the inner harbour of Vancouver and the North Shore mountains. Singer songwriter Andrew Johns provided the entertainment all night long.
It was a first class show! Congratulations to all the winners, and to the event organizers, Scott Whitemarsh of Whitemarsh Enterprises, and Darrin Buchanan of Noteable Entertainment and Events.
I had the great privilege to MC the Vancouver Police Pipe Band’s Robbie Burns Supper on Saturday night. Not only was it the celebration of Scottish Poet Robbie Burns, but it was the first official event of the year for the band that is celebrating its 100th Anniversary. It was a sold out crowd that was treated to Scottish dance and music, and an amazing concert by the Pipe Band. Jim Chu, the Vancouver Police Department’s Chief Constable and his wife were on hand to join in the celebration. It was a great night, and as a bonus I got to catch up with an old school friend, Bruce Eburne, who has been the band’s Drum Major for over 30 years! If you get a chance to see and hear the band perform….do it.