A ‘welcome’ return to in-person fundraising for the Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation gala – Aldergrove Star
For a fifth year, Mike and Leanne Laurin were the presenting sponsor of the Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation’s annual fundraising gala on Saturday, May 14 – and this year they were able to do it in person, the easing of the restriction pandemic permitting event. to return to the Coast Langley City Hotel and Convention Centre.
They told the Langley Advance Times they were moved by the quality of care Leann’s mother, Sandra Dayton, received in hospital when she died in 2015.
“After that, we kind of sat down and decided as a family that the care was so good that we wanted to give back to the community,” Mike explained.
“It’s very personal,” Leanne remarked.
“A lot of people think the government funds everything in the medical system, and they don’t. There are a lot of gaps and we thought we had to fill those gaps,” she added.
Both were happy to take over the in-person version of the event, with Mike describing it as a “welcome change”.
Last year, a virtual version of the gala raised $311,000 to purchase a much-needed new ventilator for the hospital.
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This year’s event, titled ‘Monet’s Garden’, included a French-inspired dinner and an opportunity for guests to take part in a ‘Grow a Garden of Hope’ art installation.
Created by local artist and Langley Councilor Rosemary Wallace, donors were encouraged to purchase handmade flowers at the gala to apply to her painting, done in tribute to the legendary Monet.
Made by seniors at the Chartwell Gardens residence in Langley, the flowers were created from used, repurposed and colored coffee filters, a touch Wallace was delighted with.
“I love the idea of involving older people,” enthused Wallace.
This year’s event also includes a silent and live auction, live entertainment and a wine raffle.
Auctioneer Marc Bergevin of Adesa oversaw the live auction, with the top item, a Whistler getaway package, priced at $4,200.
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About 280 people attended the event
Music was provided by Ben Dunnill, a 23-year-old musician from White Rock, who has performed over 1,000 live shows as a professional vocalist and jazz pianist.
Guests purchased over $10,000 worth of medical equipment for the hospital and for Foundry Langley, the new facility that will provide health and wellness services, support and resources for youth aged 12-24 as well as their families and caregivers.
Ticket sales and the online raffle were still counted on Sunday.
More photos from the evening can be viewed on the Langley Advance Times Facebook page.
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