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First Call Fundraising Gala and Evening of Honour for Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond
Fraserview Hall
Vancouver, BC
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Please see firstcallbc.org/gala for photos of First Call's 2017 fundraising gala, and stay tuned for details of our 2018 fundraiser!


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First Call Fundraising Gala and Evening of Honour for Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond
First Call Fundraising Gala and Evening of Honour for Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond

You are invited to join First Call for a night to celebrate Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond and her legacy of advocating for the rights of our young people during her ten years as BC's Representative for Children and Youth.

Our annual fundraising galas are an occasion to celebrate our child and youth advocacy as well as to raise much-needed funds to ensure we can continue to put BC's children and youth first.

We hope you can join us for an evening filled with good food, good company, and everlasting memories from a decade of Mary Ellen's groundbreaking work.

EVENT DETAILS

What to Expect: Our annual First Call gala features a delicious Indian buffet dinner, a silent auction full of amazing gifts, tickets to arts events, getaways and more, a raffle with exciting prizes, time to mingle with old and new friends, and a chance to celebrate Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond's work for the children and youth of our province.

Date/Time: Thursday, February 23rd, 5:30 pm to 9 pm (doors open and buffet dinner and silent auction begin at 5:30 pm; silent auction and buffet close and program begins at 7:15 pm).

Location: Fraserview Hall, 8240 Fraser St (at Marine Drive), Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories.

Tickets: $75 for individuals ($40 for those on fixed income) or a table of 8 for $575. Coalition member organizations that find the table cost prohibitive are encouraged to contact First Call at 604-709-6970.

TICKET DETAILS

Individual Tickets: You can purchase individual tickets by credit card for $75, or $40 for those on a fixed incomeplease contact First Call at 604-709-6970 or john@firstcallbc.org for more information. There is also an option to share a ticket if you can't make it, but would like to support someone else's participation.

Individual Tickets at Group Tables: If you want to purchase tickets individually to sit at a group table of 8, choose the "Individual (at a group table)" ticket option and let us know if you prefer to be seated at a particular table. Before you confirm your purchase, you will also be able to indicate the name of the group table in the "company/organization" field. Please ensure all 8 of your group table members purchase a ticket to confirm your group table reservation.

Group Table paid by Credit Card: Choose this option if you are purchasing a full table of 8 by credit card. You do not need to provide the names of your guests, they will check in at the event under your group/organization name, but make sure to put the name of your group in the "company/organization" field when you are checking out. Please contact the office at 604-709-6962 or info@firstcallbc.org if you require an invoice.

Group Table paid by Cheque: If you want to pay for a group table by cheque instead of credit card please choose the "Group Table of 8 (cheque)" ticket option for $0 to register for a table, and then send your cheque to us by mail or bring it with you to the event (made out to Vancity Community Foundation / First Call). You do not need to provide the names of your guests, who will check in at the event under your group/organization name, but make sure to put the name of your group in the "company/organization" field when you are checking out. Please contact the office at 604-709-6962 or info@firstcallbc.org if you require an invoice.

GALA EVENING DETAILS

Menu: A delicious (mild) Indian buffet with pop and chai is included with your ticket. There will also be a cash/credit card bar with wine and beer. Gluten-free and vegan/dairy-free dinner buffet options are available, however we cannot guarantee there will be no cross-contamination.

Accessibility: The Fraserview Banquet Hall is fully wheelchair accessible. Please let us know when purchasing your ticket if you will require an accessible seat by answering the questionnaire at checkout. If you have any questions or require further specifications on accessibility, please contact First Call at 604-709-6970.

Parking: There is ample free parking in the lot beside the Fraserview Hall.

Transit: Fraserview Hall is a quick bus ride from the Marine Drive SkyTrain station (at Cambie) on the Canada Line.

Tax receipts: We can issue tax receipts for donations made at the event (please address cheques to Vancity Community Foundation / First Call).  Unfortunately, due to the administrative cost we cannot issue tax receipts for a portion of event tickets.

Sponsorship: If you or your organization is interested in joining with our visionary sponsors to support this event, please contact John at 604-709-6970 or john@firstcallbc.org to see our sponsorship benefits package.

Social Media: Tweet us your gala photos and thoughts to @FirstCallBC!

For more information please call 604-709-6962 or email info@firstcallbc.org.

Learn more at firstcallbc.org/gala/

MARY ELLEN TURPEL-LAFOND

Known to many for her work as British Columbia's Representative for Children and Youth since 2006, Mary Ellen was appointed a judge in Saskatchewan at age 35 and has taught or lectured at a number of universities from University of Victoria to Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia.

Before establishing her legacy as a fierce advocate for BC's young people, Mary Ellen was named by TIME magazine as one of the 100 Global Leaders of Tomorrow in 1994 and one of the Top 20 Canadian Leaders for the 21st Century in 1999. Mary Ellen also holds advanced degrees from University of Cambridge and Harvard University, obtained following time at Carleton University and York University.

Appointed for a second term as BC's Representative for Children and Youth in 2011, during her tenure Mary Ellen released nearly 100 reports and 200 recommendations to help improve the lives of BC's most vulnerable young people.

"There is no resource more precious in BC than its children," she wrote in her final report. "Few would argue that and yet children have not been the focus of government in BC for many years. This government must work on its ability to own up to its shortcomings and address them. BC's children deserve that much."

"I hope," Mary Ellen said in an October 2016 interview with Global News, "they will say she held people's feet to the fire and she went to where the kids were."

Location

Fraserview Hall (View)
8240 Fraser Street
Vancouver, BC V5X 3X6
Canada


Categories

Other > Fundraisers

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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