Our first ever One Night in Monte Carlo Gala was a fabulous evening of fun, fashion, whimsy and fundraising! $200,000 was raised for the Variety Mobility Program, helping kids move with freedom.
The latest production by The Social Concierge was a singular night to remember at the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront, as entertainment and classic casino favourites amounted to more than just another casino night fundraiser.
Commencing with a red carpet arrival, and featuring notable performances by the Manipulation Man, Enfuse dancers, and the always vivacious jazz vocalist, Amanda Wood, the evening felt truly glamorous and authentically meaningful. In the end, thousands was raised for Variety BC’s Mobility Program, which covers a range of equipment from wheelchairs and custom orthotics, right up to fully adapted vans and coaches.
“Mobility has always been a core pillar of Variety’s grant funding,” noted Variety BC CEO, Kristy Gill. “I think the freedom of mobility is easy to take for granted, but for families that have children with special needs, this equipment can be absolutely life-changing. Our mobility program allows kids to stand, walk, and play – to be part of the community, or even just have that vital sense of independence.”
A highlight of the evening – beyond the abundance of glitz and glamour – was an extremely touching appeal by Jamie Jongbloets, whose son Johannes lives with severe hemophilia, and has been a Variety grant recipient on numerous occasions.
“It’s a very tough thing, emotionally, to see your child in pain, or having to struggle to enjoy a decent quality of life. It’s a raw deal, and there are thousands of families across BC who have to live it every day,” said Jongbloets. “But there is always hope, and that is a reason to be positive. That is what Variety – the Children’s Charity provides to families like mine every day.”
Throughout the evening attendees stepped up in a big way, contributing enthusiastically in the live and silent auctions with items provided by many generous sponsors. An additional $200,000 was raised during the always popular Fund A Need appeal, thanks to a generous matching donation by the Vancouver Foundation.
To learn more about the Variety Mobility Program, or to make a contribution, visit variety.bc.ca or call 1-800-381-2040.