Fred Lee’s Social Network: Toasting Hong Kong’s special region, AIDS/HIV research and golfing to help homeless

//Fred Lee’s Social Network: Toasting Hong Kong’s special region, AIDS/HIV research and golfing to help homeless

Fred Lee’s Social Network: Toasting Hong Kong’s special region, AIDS/HIV research and golfing to help homeless

Telus staffers Eliott Wilkes, Graham Lockie and Ryan Bazeley hosted CANFAR's inaugural cocktail party at its corporate headquarters in Vancouver. The debut-do netted more than $25,000 for HIV/AIDS research.Telus staffers Eliott Wilkes, Graham Lockie and Ryan Bazeley hosted CANFAR’s inaugural cocktail party at its corporate headquarters in Vancouver. The debut-do netted more than $25,000 for HIV/AIDS research. Fred Lee / Postmedia News

 

HONG KONG ANNIVERSARY

When Hong Kong was handed back by the British in 1997 to become a special administrative region (SAR) of Mainland China (for 50 years), many wondered how long this arrangement would last.

Prophecy of Hong Kong’s imminent demise circulated wildly. Yet, since reunification two decades later, the territory continues to enjoy a high degree of autonomy. Hong Kong still has its own currency, rules of law and taxation, and the ability to control its own borders.

Weathering SARS and the global economic crisis of 2008, Asia’s world city continues to thrive as an international financial hub and prosperous metropolis, serving as a gateway or docking point to China.

July 1 marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Not to get lost in the hoopla of Canada’s 150th, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office recently hosted a gala celebration to commemorate the one-country, two-systems rule at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel.

Led by HKETO directors Kathy Chan and Catherine Yuen, a capacity crowd of politicos, business and community leaders and expats filled the ballroom to commemorate the special occasion.

Under the theme of Together, Progress, Opportunity, attendees and a marathon of speakers took stock of what has been achieved, and what is still possible for a better and stronger Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office directors Catherine Yuen and Kathy Chan fronted The Gala to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

MP Alice Wong, Senator Yuen Pau Woo and Vancouver Consul General of the People’s Republic of China Liu Fei helped commemorate the anniversary of the Hong Kong handover two decades ago.

Liberal MLAs John Yap, Teresa Wat and Michael Lee were among a gaggle of politicos on hand to commemorate the one-country, two-systems rule.

Fairchild TV’s Eileen Fong and Anson Realty’s Grace Kwok took in the gala festivities at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel.

Nick Hays, Cathay Pacific vice-president, and Kenneth Tung, director of SUCCESS, were among business and community leaders who attended the special anniversary dinner to mark Hong Kong’s reunification with China.

Gala emcee Deborah Moore enjoyed the party with businessman and philanthropist David Choi, founder of Royal Pacific Realty.

GOLF HELPS HOMELESS

First United Church’s Golf for the Homeless Tournament marked a significant milestone.

Created by Bob Burrows, the church’s community minister, and David Kimpton, a social worker, the tourney celebrated its 10th year. Over the decade, the event has become a flagship of support for the work the organization provides to residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside — from legal advocacy to financial aid and emergency housing in a safe and inclusive environment.

Held at the University Golf Club, a roster of 124 golf enthusiasts came out swinging in support of First United.

Under sunny skies, golfers enjoyed a fun-filled day connecting with the ministry’s staff, clients and volunteers before meeting up with spouses and friends at the banquet reception and auction.

Greeting everyone at the clubhouse was newly appointed executive director Carmen Lansdowne and reverend Jim Hatherley.

Following a sumptuous dinner, guests heard from Mary Mootrey, a downtown resident who credited the church for helping her get off the streets. Mootrey’s remarkable story of hope and resilience ignited a wave of giving, resulting in $80,000 raised. The record haul would push the tournament’s 10-year tally beyond the $500,000 mark.

Golf for the Homeless founders Bob Burrows and David Kimpton marked the tourney’s 10th anniversary at the University Golf Course. Since its inception, the tournament has raised more than $500,000 for First United Church.

Committee member Elizabeth Kerklaan and Joanne Barker were all smiles following the $80,000 tallied at their Golf for the Homeless benefit.

Reverends Carmen Lansdowne and Jim Hatherley flank Mary Mootrey, a Downtown Eastside resident who credits the inner-city ministry for helping her get off the streets.

Responding to the challenge of homelessness, Robert Brown and Alek Arsenault hit the University Golf Course in support of First United Church and Vancouver’s most vulnerable.

 

TOASTING CANFAR

The Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) is the only national foundation that raises awareness to generate funds for research into all aspects of HIV infection and AIDS.

The Toronto-based charity, which funds leading-edge HIV/AIDS research conducted right here in Vancouver, launched its inaugural West Coast fundraiser with an elegant cocktail party.

Chaired by Vancity’s Ryan McKinley, TD’s Grant Minish and the Lazy Gourmet’s Kevin Mazzone, the young social conveners welcomed 100 guests to the posh event held on the rooftop of Telus Gardens.

While marvelling over the city, ocean and mountain views from the 24th floor, attendees — business and community leaders — heard from Dr. Helene Cote, a member of CANFAR’s Scientific Advisory Committee, to learn more about the firm’s work and research efforts to eradicate the disease.

After enjoying a variety of bites, drinks and live music, supporters would contribute more than $25,000 to the cause. B.C. has the third highest number of people living with HIV in the country — nearly 12,000 — with one-third of those comprised of people who inject drugs.

Vancity’s Ryan McKinley, The Lazy Gourmet’s Kevin Mazzone and TD’s Grant Minish chaired CANFAR’s inaugural West Coast fundraiser.

Kyle Winters, CANFAR president and Chief Operating Officer, and Dr. Helene Cote, a member of CANFAR’s Scientific Advisory Committee, shared research efforts to eradicate HIV/AIDS.<br />Since inception in 1987, CANFAR has invested more than $20 million in research initiatives across Canada.

Brendan Bailey accompanied his partner Gregg Baker to the $250-a-ticket CANFAR benefit at Telus Gardens.

Gourmet Warehouse’s Christina Valagao and realtor Deanna Lawrence were among a mighty group of guests who convened to support CANFAR, a Toronto-based charity funding leading edge HIV/AIDS research.

Sea Star Vineyards proprietor David Goudge and interior designer Robert Bailey were among the community leaders that made the ascent to the Telus Garden rooftop for the posh cocktail party.

Telus staffers Eliott Wilkes, Graham Lockie and Ryan Bazeley hosted CANFAR’s inaugural cocktail party at its corporate headquarters. The debut-do netted more than $25,000 for HIV/AIDS research.

Author: Fred Lee

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