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A Night to Remember: Our Annual Heart to Heart Fundraiser!

Written By Brooke TakharDate 23 Oct. 2016

With a busy staging schedule, it’s important for our work-life balance that we take a night off every now and then. On October 20th we had an amazing reason to hang up our staging hats for the evening – our West Coast Business Networking Group’s Annual Heart to Heart Fundraiser!

We joined the WCBNG at it’s inception a few years ago when a wonderful realtor client of ours, Ana Domingos, asked if we would like to join a group of professionals to network our companies and skills. We believe it’s so important to be a part of a community so we immediately said “yes!”

Since then, our numbers have grown to include a wonderful and talented group of individuals that meet together once a month to explore how we can assist one another as our businesses grow.

The annual Heart to Heart Fundraiser was started by our founding members, Ana, Reema Alevras and Kelly Arthur after our own Cindy Stocker had a heart attack a few years ago.

We wanted to spread the word about detecting and preventing heart attacks, how we could empower others, and also raise money for the Heart and Stroke foundation.

The event was such a huge success that we had to turn it into an annual event.

This year friends, family and colleagues joined us for en evening filled with a fantastic fashion show, gourmet food, killer door prizes, a spectacular jazz trio and a beautifully inspiring keynote speaker.

All our proceeds this year went to Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon, so it was fitting that our keynote speaker, Sara LaBelle, has been a recipient of Make-A-Wish. We were awed as she told us about her lifelong battle with malignant tutors. As they’ve grown and spread up her right leg, she has had progressive amputations at 6 months, 1 year of age, 6 years and again at 10.  The amputations have not stopped the spread of her cancer; to date only chemotherapy has made any significant progress.

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A devastating situation for a young woman for sure, but she was so eloquent, funny and poignant; calling her tumours “little beggars” and joking about how she has used her foot, leg and prosthetic as an excuse for a myriad of kid issues including homework not done, and reasons why she can’t pick something up across the room: “I lost my toes” or “I need a new foot.”

We all have struggles, but nothing puts some of our smaller issues into perspective as much as a beautiful young woman and her family fighting a courageous battle against the “little beggars.” Sara hasn’t let them effect her future goals as she is currently in her second year of studying Sciences at UBC, and working at an intern position with the War Amps, another one of Sarah’s favourite charities.

Sara brought so much light and grace to the evening and we hope that our donation to Make-A-Wish can help bring some joy to families in crisis. For them, a granted wish is something that provides a light – and sometimes just a little light can drive out the darkness of illness, both literally and figuratively!

You can find out more about the WCBNG on their Facebook Page and take a peek at some highlights of the night in the pictures below. Thank you to all the amazing sponsors and everyone who had a hand in making this night such a wonderful success.

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