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S.U.C.C.E.S.S. gala to raise funds for seniors services

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Published 10:33 PST, Tue January 14, 2020

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

There’s no such thing as a bridge too far.

That’s the thinking behind S.U.C.C.E.S.S., a service that gives recent immigrants a helping hand.

Founded in 1973 as an immigrant settlement service organization, they’ve now expanded to provide more services to more clients. Their S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation, run by a volunteer board, aims to raise funds for S.U.C.C.E.S.S. to achieve their goal of community improvement.

The 2020 Bridge to S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Gala supports Seniors Services programs this year, working towards maintenance and enhancement of seniors’ quality of life as they grow older. The event has a fundraising target of $509,000.

"We aim to provide excellent and cultural appropriate services to seniors in their various stages of aging," said Brandon Hui, chair of the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation. "The 2020 Bridge to S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Gala will commemorate the positive work that S.U.C.C.E.S.S. performs on a daily basis. This year is a leap year, so our theme for the upcoming Gala is "One Small Step with S.U.C.C.E.S.S., One Giant Leap for the Community." The festivities at the gala (of which the Richmond Sentinel is a media sponsor) will include cocktail receptions, exciting silent and live auctions for glamorous and luxurious items, and West Coast-inspired cuisine. The evening will be capped off with outstanding Canadian talent as well as engaging Chinese performances."

This year’s gala, the 41st, will be held on Feb. 29 at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver. It promises an entertaining evening comprising fine dining and philanthropy.

Queenie Choo, CEO of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation, shares her thoughts. “The continued, overwhelming support and contributions from our generous sponsors and donors have consistently been the driving force in making the Gala a resounding success year after year. We are proud to host the Bridge to S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Gala once again and strive to provide essential services in our communities," Choo says.

Additionally, the sale of raffle tickets will help to raise funds for S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Raffle prize value totals over $26,000. 

Gala tickets are $268, $368, $568 and $868 per person, with 10 attendees per table. Tickets are on-sale now, and are moving quickly.

Buy raffle tickets at any S.U.C.C.E.S.S. service centre or Park Georgia Insurance office.

For more details, visit or call 604-408-7228.

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