Vegas Night, Baby! A Night to Remember!
The tickets for the 10th Annual Athletics for Kids Fundraising Gala: Vegas Night Baby! promised all the glitz and glamour of the strip, and the evening definitely delivered. Any semblance of Vancouver was left at the door as guests handed their keys over to Vancouver Valet and stepped right into fabulous Las Vegas for a night of escape.
The buzzing cocktail area was filled with an array of silent auction items from weekend getaways to sports memorabilia, complimentary Skyy Vodka martinis and Granville Island Beer all served by stunning showgirls, courtesy of PMA Canada. Casino style games such as the Wheel of Wine, Canucks Crapshoot and 50/50 kept the room alive while Tall Music laid out the soundtrack before mingling and gambling guests were treated to a gourmet steak dinner cooked to perfection by West Van’s Hollyburn Country Club’s finest staff.
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It wouldn’t be Las Vegas without a little boxing. After dinner, four bouts of sanctioned amateur boxing brought the crowd to the edge of their seats. “Mr. O Canada”, Mark Donnelly of Vancouver Canucks fame, showed off his vocal styling and newly trimmed waistline to an appreciative crowd with the national anthem and our dazzling ring girl, Sara Miller, counted off the rounds as A4K funded brothers, Cody and Jesse Brown, squared off in the main event.
In between bouts, large donations to A4K were collected through the fast-paced live auction that included a trip for two to L.A. for a live taping of Dancing with the Stars. Later, Patricia Greenlay of Surrey won the A4K Westjet Dream Getaway Contest. She won a trip for two anywhere that Westjet flies, plus a seven night resort vacation at one of over 2000 resorts in 30 countries.
A special addition to the 2012 event was the TEAM 1040’s Barry Macdonald as Master of Ceremonies. B-Mac brought his unique brand of brash humour with a healthy dose of heartfelt story-telling to remind us what we were really all there for…to put kids into sports who can’t afford it.
Through ticket purchases, auction items and gaming, the Gala raised over $53,000 to enroll underprivileged children and youth into the sports they love. We can’t stress enough how important this is to these children’s lives today and in the future, and we thank you. You helped make this event a can’t miss event on the Vancouver social calendar and changed hundreds of lives at the same time.
Tickets for the 2013 Athletics for Kids Fundraising Gala go on sale this fall and we hope to see you there!