Canadian Cancer Society Daffodil Balls in BC raise record $2.5 million
30 April 2013
The Canadian Cancer Society’s Daffodil Ball events in BC raised an unprecedented $2.5 million thanks to the generosity of private and corporate donors as well as the Province of British Columbia. The Balls were held in Vancouver and Kelowna on national Daffodil Day, Saturday April 27.
The galas in BC this year celebrated the Society’s contribution over the last 75 years in assisting families affected by cancer, and also recognized how the Society’s research, prevention and support programs have made a positive difference for cancer patients and their loved ones.
“The Daffodil Balls are always special but this year they were incredibly so, thanks to the generosity of everyone attending,” says Barbara Kaminsky, CEO, Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon. “I believe our guests wanted to do something precedent-setting to mark our 75th Anniversary and this courageous giving was the incredible result. We are so appreciative – thank you to everyone who gave so generously.”
Guests in Vancouver took on the challenge of building upon a $1-million one-time grant received from the Province of British Columbia, which was presented by BC Finance Minister Michael de Jong during the Ball.
The evening of philanthropic giving in two locations is a signature fundraising program for the Society in BC. Daffodil Balls also take place in Montreal, Quebec and Moncton, New Brunswick. Since their inceptions, the Balls have helped to raise millions for cancer research, support and prevention. They have also helped to instil feelings of camaraderie, commitment and hope in thousands of people across the country.
“The Daffodil Balls bring together donors, sponsors, guests and volunteers, all united by a common desire to make a major impact in the fight against cancer in one night,” says Heather Corsi, Manager of Galas, Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon. “While fighting cancer in their finest, they also get to enjoy world-class entertainment, delicious cuisine, fine wines and enviable live auction items such as a vacation in a three-storey penthouse overlooking the Dubai Marina or a Las Vegas show-studded experience complete with your own aircraft from Private Air.”
Other auction items that were available included a 7.8 carat diamond tennis bracelet donated by Minichiello Jewellers valued at $30,500 and a trip to Beijing valued at $25,000 complete with Executive First Class roundtrip airfare courtesy of Air Canada and five night stay in a Junior Gold suite at the Fairmont Beijing with full Butler service, breakfast for two each day and two 60-minute relaxation massages at the Willowstream Spa.
Silver Wheaton was the presenting sponsor for the Vancouver Daffodil Ball. The Thomas Alan Budd Foundation proudly sponsored the Kelowna Daffodil Ball. An estimated 500 guests attended Vancouver’s sold-out 17th annual black tie affair while Kelowna’s 9th annual gala drew approximately 180 attendees.
This year’s entertainment in Vancouver featured 19-year old musical prodigy, Nikki Yanofsky, who sang, among other selections, a heartfelt rendition of her song, I Believe, joined by Vancouver Bach Children’s Chorus, resulting in a standing ovation from Ball guests. Kelowna welcomed from Harrah’s Las Vegas, Mac King as their entertainer, hailed by many as the premiere comedic magician in the world today.
The Ball was particularly meaningful this year as it fell on Daffodil Day, April 27. Daffodil Day is a key part of the Society’s national Daffodil Month campaign as it marks a special day where individuals can reflect upon the thousands of Canadians who are on a cancer journey and also remember those who have not survived.
The 2013 Daffodil Balls are organized by committees of dedicated business and community leaders and prominent philanthropists. Vancouver’s committee was led by Alexa Ulinder Baughen and Sarah Wood while Kelowna’s committee was led by Maxine DeHart.
For 75 years the Canadian Cancer Society has been with Canadians in the fight for life. We have been relentless in our commitment to prevent cancer, fund research and support Canadians touched by cancer. From this foundation, we will work with Canadians to change cancer forever so fewer Canadians are diagnosed with the disease and more survive. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website at cancer.ca or call our toll-free bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333;TTY,1-866-786-3934.