Travel to Monte Carlo in Vancouver with the elegant 65 Roses Gala
How often do you get an opportunity to both donate funds and have fun? And all while stepping out for an elegant evening?
This Saturday (November 2) brings an opportunity to do just that when the Vancouver chapter of Cystic Fibrosis Canada puts on its 13th annual 65 Roses Gala at the Pan Pacific Hotel.
Guests this year will enjoy a stylish Night in Monte Carlo theme while indulging themselves with a cocktail reception, a sit-down dinner, live music (with hot house band Soulstream), dancing, and a jackpot of casino-related activities.
These include a special raffle, both live and silent auctions (featuring some amazing and exclusive prizes, items, and packages donated by more than 150 companies, agencies, and retail outlets), and a Rose Roulette. CBC News: Vancouver co-anchor Gloria Macarenko will emcee proceedings this year.
(Tickets are going quickly and are available for $225 each by phoning 604-436-1158 or going to www.65rosesgala.com/. The Pan Pacific has a special room rate Saturday evening for those attending the gala.)
And the beneficiary of all this philanthropy? Canadians who were born with the most common inherited fatal disease in this country: cystic fibrosis, an affliction that affects different parts of the body but eventually overwhelms the lungs.
The defective gene responsible for cystic fibrosis is carried by one in every 25 Canadians (carriers do not contract the disease). This means that out of a population of 35 million people in our country today, a staggering 1.3 million can, potentially, pass on CF to their kids.
The name of the gala, 65 Roses, came about because of a famous (and much easier) pronunciation of the disease’s name from the mouth of a four-year-old boy with CF.
Cystic fibrosis doesn’t have the recognition or high profile—and neither does it receive the funding for research into a cure—accorded ailments such as various cancers or heart disease, which are, obviously, very worthy recipients of funding and attention.
But CF has only a few major fundraisers per year in Canada to sustain research into a cure and implement investigations into new and very promising therapies for managing the ravaging effects of the disease.
Gala chair Caroline Chilvers (partner of B.C. Children’s Hospital CF clinic director Dr. Mark Chilvers) had this to say about her—and, hopefully, your—motivation to get involved with the CF families, medical personnel, researchers, and amazing volunteers by becoming part of this more than deserving benefit:
Cystic fibrosis is not a disease I was familiar with, even as a trained nurse in the U.K. How it affects a child and the impact it has on their life, future, and family remained elusive to me, and, tragically, I was not alone.
I married a young doctor who was beginning his career in pediatric respiratory medicine. He had an interest in cystic fibrosis and took a post as a cystic fibrosis fellow in England. After a year’s taster, we arrived in Vancouver five years ago and my education began. When I was a nurse, I met many patients, their families, supported them through tragedy and the most difficult of situations.
Whilst this was emotional, I always found words to say, a way to show that I cared. I cannot, however, put into words how I felt when I began to meet and get to know the families in our cystic-fibrosis community. I had no words to say when I saw and learned what each child and adult I met with CF has to endure on a daily basis; as a mother of three thriving children, talking with another mother of child with CF, I had no way to show how I cared.
Tonight, we all have the opportunity to show that we care. With your help, we will find the key to a cure and reach our goal of making CF stand for Cure Found.
So plan on having an exquisitely stylish and fun time this Saturday, and do so with the satisfaction that comes from knowing that your contribution to this worthy cause is going to fund some of the most promising research during some of the most hopeful times in the short history of CF scientific investigation.
And if you can't make it this weekend, think about making a tax-deductible donation to Cystic Fibrosis Canada anyway: there truly is not a more cost-effective way to directly fund research into a cure for a major disease in Canada today. Since 1960, CF Canada has invested $140 million into CF research and care, more than any other nongovernmental agency in the country.
Because of this, Canadians living with CF have one of the highest survival rates in the world. With your help, that could turm into a cure.