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ACT NOW advances hospital campaign

By The Canadian Press

Published 11:44 PDT, Tue October 29, 2019

Inspiration and joy abounded as donors, sponsors, and community leaders, helped to raise funds towards innovation and health care in Richmond at the 21st annual Richmond Hospital Foundation Starlight Gala Oct. 19.

As the main focus of the Starlight Gala, a new acute care tower for Richmond was generously supported through the “leadership challenge” segment of the evening. The night was a celebration of the many generous acute care tower donors who had already stepped forward while inspiring others to join, helping Richmond Hospital Foundation reach $43,680,000 towards the ACT NOW campaign, representing 87 per cent of the campaign’s $50 million goal.

“Thanks to the incredible generosity of all of our donors and including those at the Starlight Gala, we are that much closer to our goal of $50 million for the ACT NOW fundraising campaign. We are deeply grateful for the leadership of donors, sponsors and community champions who have rallied together to ensure Richmond gets a new Acute Tower,” said Nelson Kwan, board chair of the Richmond Hospital Foundation.

The joyful tone for giving that evening was set by Jason and Emily Ko of Viva Pharmaceuticals who inspired others to give with their personal leadership and generous $1 million donation towards the acute care tower. 

“Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this event and to all of the donors who have truly made an impact. To give joyfully is to know that you are part of the solution. There is true joy in coming together to build a better and healthier future in Richmond,” said Natalie Meixner, president and CEO of the Richmond Hospital Foundation.

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