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Starlight Gala raises over $1.3 million

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 11:51 PST, Tue November 14, 2023

The 2023 Starlight Gala, presented by the Greczmiel Family, at the River Rock Show Theatre on Nov. 4, brought together over 400 guests, including generous sponsors and donors for an inspirational and elegant evening.

The event's success was a testament to the community's commitment to health care excellence, with donors generously making donations in support of the "See Better, Heal Better, Feel Better Campaign", to equip Richmond Hospital with game-changing medical equipment that will improve access, enable faster recovery and enhance the patient experience. With a surprise announcement made by the Dan On Family Foundation during the gala offering matching donations during the Leadership Challenge, donors joined forces to help raise an astounding $1.3 million.

"The unwavering support of our community to health care is truly inspiring. The acquisition of game-changing surgical and diagnostic equipment will empower our health care professionals to provide patient centred and innovative care, making tangible differences in the lives of patients who rely on Richmond Hospital for their health care needs," says Natalie Meixner, president & chief executive officer of Richmond Hospital Foundation.

The Honourable Adrian Dix, minister of health, and Dr. Penny Ballem, Vancouver Coastal Health board chair attended the gala as speakers, passionately speaking about the importance of philanthropy in advancing health care, and expressed gratitude for the community's unwavering generosity. Dix also took the opportunity to highlight government's commitment in bringing the Yurkovich Family Pavilion into fruition, ensuring Richmond Hospital remains at the forefront of quality patient care.

The Richmond Hospital Foundation extends its heartfelt thanks to all attendees, donors, sponsors and partners who contributed to the success of this year's Starlight Gala. Together, we are making a significant and lasting impact on the health and well-being of our community.

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