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Gala raises $120,000 for Canucks Autism Network

By Lorraine Graves

Published 4:23 PDT, Tue April 30, 2019

In a tasteful evening of elegance and generosity, 200 dignitaries and philanthropists gathered for the inaugural ICONNBC Shine A Light Gala at the River Rock Casino Resort on Friday, April 26.

“All children have a gift to share with the world, and organizations like the Canucks Autism Network are helping children with autism in B.C. to share theirs by providing them with sports and recreation programs,” said Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan, MP for Vancouver South. “Thanks to ICONNBC, and everyone who came out tonight, to support this important work.”

In addition to the federal minister, the guests mingled at the opening reception with MLAs Linda Reid, John Yap and Teresa Wat and were joined by Richmond city councillors Linda McPhail and Alexa Loo as well as MP Alice Wong.

To the strains of a string quartet, the guests mingled and bid generously on the large selection of silent auction donations. Later, the bidding heated up at the live auction which featured selected gifts to tempt all those in attendance to open up to competitive bidding and a whole lot of fun.

By the end of the night, more than $100,000 had been raised.

According to Canuck’s Autism Network marketing director Lindsay Petrie, the funds raised at the gala support the network’s many activities.

“We’re all about programming for families living with autism in B.C. so we do a lot of sports and recreation programming and we’re also committed to delivering training initiatives across the province,” Petrie said.

“We work with various sectors including schools, first responders, businesses, community spaces such as YVR, Science World, Rogers Arena, really to make the environment more accepting, supportive, and inclusive for all individuals living with autism,” she said.

“Our founders Paolo and Clara Aquilini, and members of our office team, were on hand to show our immense gratitude to guests.”

Petrie added: “Thank you to ICONNBC Business Association for showcasing Canucks Autism Network programs. The gala was a truly meaningful and elegant evening to raise vital funding.”

“The inaugural Shine a Light Gala will mean so much to our over 4,000 families who benefit from our activities every year,” she said.

ICONNBC, a not-for-profit business organization, has a mandate to promote traditional Canadian values by building a platform where knowledge and experience are shared.

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