On December 6th, Variety – the Children’s Charity hosted their 47th annual Red Heart Awards Celebration, recognizing individuals and organizations who have gone above and beyond in supporting Variety and Children with special needs.
The event, held at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown, was emceed by Global BC on-air personality Sonia Deol.
In total, 19 recipients were honoured in twelve award categories, including the Barbara Stewart Heart Award for an outstanding individual who over the years has devoted his or her time to making a truly exceptional impact. This year’s honouree was Buy Low Foods president Dan Bregg, under whose direction Buy Low has raised millions of dollars in support of children with special needs.
In addition to the award presentations, another highlight of the night included a sneak peek look at the recording of Follow Your Heart, performed by Todd Richard and an impressive ensemble of special guest artists, in support of Variety – the Children’s Charity. The song will be available on iTunes later this month, with all proceeds going to support the charity.
“Once again our community of supporters, donors, volunteers and friends has made us exceptionally proud over the past year,” said Variety BC Chief Executive Officer, Kristy Gill. “The Red Heart Awards are always a big night on our event calendar, and the single greatest opportunity for us to really acknowledge and celebrate the wonderful people who work so hard to make sure families all across BC and the Yukon know that we’re there standing with them. As always, this year we had an almost impossibly strong field of truly deserving recipients in each award category, not to mention everyone who came out tonight just to support their peers.”
Full list of 2016 Red Heart recipients:
Barbara Stewart Heart Award
Barker of the Year
Colleen Wood Award
The Manji Family
Hey Rube Award
Teamsters Joint Council 36
Darts for Kids
Angel Kid Champion
Community with a Heart
City of Kelowna
Parent Champion Award
Corporate Hero Award
Stuart McLaughlin (Grouse Mountain)
The Hellenic Centre
Angel Youth Champions