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.
Stacy Wilson, the Executive Director at TWC, delivered a wonderful key note speech.
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.
He did not disappoint.
The Kirk Group played a large role in the lead-up.
We had over 500 individuals in attendance.
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.
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.
We had politicians like Jenny Kwan, who represents Vancouver East, the riding that is perhaps hardest hit by addiction.
We gave awards.
We recognized 12 Canadian Champions.
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.
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.
We had a live art display, courtesy of 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.
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:
Silver Star Sponsor:
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Jelly Marketing & PR Agency
Corbel Commercial Inc.
HeartQuest Addiction Wellness
Big Sky Golf
Rob Sinclair Construction
CMPA – BC
Ranger West Financial
Lonsdale Event Rentals
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.