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Richmond Centre White Spot advances spirit of giving

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 10:17 PDT, Fri April 9, 2021

Last Updated: 2:13 PDT, Wed May 12, 2021

Despite the pandemic, Richmond Centre White Spot was able to support the Richmond Hospital for the 19th consecutive year.

Due to current COVID-19 government health restrictions, the team at White Spot Richmond Centre took a different approach to their annual Christmas luncheon on Dec. 25 and was still able to raise $10,288.

Planning started in October with the team implementing a limited take-out menu which highlighted their most popular item on Christmas Day—the turkey dinner —and timed pickup windows for their customers. With support from the community, the team filled 73 orders three days prior to Christmas Day, showing that even during these challenging times, the community of Richmond was dedicated to support health care in their community.

“Our take-out menu on Christmas Day was amazing and the execution was great,” says Leo Canapi, general manager of White Spot Richmond Centre. “By streamlining our menu, we were able to reduce food waste and provide our customers with their orders on time. Our staff volunteer their time for our Christmas Day event and they definitely enjoyed the day. It was amazing for us to continue our tradition and see the community come together to help support local health care.”

Owner Veena Ganatra and the dedicated team donated their time, 100 per cent of the restaurant proceeds, and their gratuities from this event to again benefit the Richmond Hospital Foundation. The initiative has now raised more than $140,000 since its inception in 2001.

“White Spot Richmond Centre has been a long standing partner of Richmond Hospital Foundation,” says Natalie Meixner, president and CEO of the Richmond Hospital Foundation. “The team has been committed to impacting and transforming health care in Richmond and we are grateful for their ongoing dedication to the community of Richmond.”

Over the past 34 years, Richmond Hospital Foundation has raised over $110 million to help fund vital medical equipment, improvements in patient care services and upgraded facilities. Its goal remains to inspire joyful giving within our community to build a better and healthier future for Richmond.

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