A Night To Remember: 2019 TWC Gala

A Night To Remember: 2019 TWC Gala

On Saturday, November 9th, Together We Can hosted their third annual gala at the Rocky Mountaineer. For half a year, the Marketing and Event teams have been pouring significant human capital into ensuring that the event was a success.

We hope that you enjoyed it as much as we did.

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Stacy Wilson, the Executive Director at TWC, delivered a wonderful key note speech.

Stacy Wilson, Executive Director

Fred Lee, a regular contributor to The CBC, The Province and Vancouver Magazine, and Director of Alumni Engagement at alumni UBC was our Master of Ceremonies. 

Fred Lee

He did not disappoint.

Colleen Kirk & Fred Lee

The Kirk Group played a large role in the lead-up.

We had over 500 individuals in attendance.

The Rocky Mountaineer

The entire evening was to raise money for a great cause; the work TWC does on a daily basis. Together We Can, as an organization, is simply in the business of saving and transforming lives.

Despite being a non-profit operating in a largely for-profit sector, over the last 5 years we have morphed into the largest addiction treatment organization in the country. The fact that we operate as a society means we are able to put all the money we raise, whether through fundraising or treatment fees, straight back into our core mission.

We were able to bring families together.

Don Davies, MP for Vancouver Kingsway and his family, including Jordan Davies, TWC intake Coordinator

We were able to raise issues that impact the entire community. Addiction is impacting more people than ever before.

Since 2016, Canada has seen over12,000 individuals lose their life because of overdose.

Jenny Kwan, MP for Vancouver East

We had politicians like Jenny Kwan, who represents Vancouver East, the riding that is perhaps hardest hit by addiction.

We gave awards.

Rebecca Legge accepting Peter Legge’s award

We recognized 12 Canadian Champions.

Lorrie Ward, award winner

Both a live and silent auction took place, and we also had a round of “Fund-a-Need”, where attendees were asked to bid on providing a certain element of treatment to someone in need.

Silent Auction

We invited the entire community out, not only to raise money, but to celebrate the amazing work that is taking place in the world of addiction treatment and research.

We incorporated legions of volunteers from our Volunteer Program, which offers a springboard back into school, employment, and adult life.

Sonaiya Wilson and her team of volunteers

We had a live art display, courtesy of Art Vancouver.

Live painting by Art Vancouver

And… vital to any event, we asked our partners and sponsors to get behind us. Once again this year, they all rose to the challenge.

Matt Dryfhout of Scout Technology Guides and Darian Kovacs of Jelly Marketing & PR

By the time the night had concluded, everyone knew that it would be a night to remember.

We are still in the process of finalizing the exact totals that have been raised, but we can say for certain that once again, this year just like last, we will have increased our fundraising totals.

Every dollar we raised will go towards the following programs: Addiction Treatment, Education Scholarships, Client Outings, Facility Improvements, Alumni Events, Clothing & Care, and the Family Program.

A special thank-you to all our sponsors:

Galaxy Sponsor:
Gordon Food Service
Teamsters 155

Shining Star Sponsor:
Daily Hive
Art Vancouver
Life Dental
BC Diabetes
Homewood Health
AllWest Insurance

Fallen Star Sponsor:
ILWU 502
Royal Oak Clinic

Silver Star Sponsor:
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Miss 604
Facilitating Changes
Wagner Hills
Jelly Marketing & PR Agency
Corbel Commercial Inc.
HeartQuest Addiction Wellness
Fraser PharmaChoice
Big Sky Golf
Rob Sinclair Construction
Canucks Alumni
Ranger West Financial
Lonsdale Event Rentals
Beefway Meats
Westminster House
Pacific Interventions

We feel fortunate to be leading the fight against addiction and providing a path forward for those who need it. Together We Can is on the front lines; on November 9th, 2019, over 500 guests joined us in making a difference.

Written for Together We Can by Tristan Elliott, a third-year BBA student who currently works as the Marketing & Communications Coordinator at TWC. He is passionate about issues affecting the local community, personal finance, the economy, and Canada as a whole.

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