2016 Hope Couture

The BC Cancer Foundation’s 2016 Hope Couture, presented by CDN Jade Mine Resources, raised an incredible $900,000 to support important research into personalized lymphoma care at the BC Cancer Agency’s Centre for Lymphoid Cancer.

Thanks to all donors and a generous gift of $500,000 from Samuel and Frances Belzberg by way of the Bel-Fran Charitable Foundation, funds raised will support a new Single Cell Genomics Suite at the Centre. The new suite will bring hope to more than1,200 British Columbians that will be diagnosed with a form of lymphoma this year alone by supporting researchers to study single cell populations to better pinpoint treatment resistance and identify potential therapies, enhancing the lymphoma standard of care in B.C.

Held at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver, the sold-out fashion show and luncheon was attended by more than 380 people, where Vancouver boutique retailers, Bacci's and Boboli, debuted fashions from the fall and winter collections of Chloé, Valentino, Stella McCartney, Giambattista Valli and more.

We look forward to seeing you at Hope Couture in 2017!  

Event Details

Date: September 14, 2016
Time: 11:00am to 2:00pm
Location: Fairmont Pacific Rim, Vancouver
Attire: Business

$195 per person
$1,560 (table of 8)
$1,960 (table of 10) - SOLD OUT

Your ticket includes a fashion show featuring 2016 Fall and Winter Fashions, a silent auction, a live auction, and luncheon. For more information on ticket sales, please contact Dana Whitburn at 604.675.8261.

Committee Members

David Zacks, Q.C., CHAIR
Marcella Cusano, PAST CHAIR
Susan Chow
Rosie Daykin
Ingrid Graves
Sharon Hayles
Janet Hiebert
Isabel Hsieh
Sharon Kennedy
Pao Yao Koo
Ju Lo
Margie Murphy
Anna Nyarady
Gurmeet Sengara
Jane Young

For more information about the event, please contact Sacha Lehto at sacha.lehto@bccancer.bc.ca or 604.675.8191

How Your Gift Helps

Thousands of British Columbians will be diagnosed with a lymphoid cancer this year. We have the opportunity to ensure more of these individuals fulfil a long and healthy life. These cancers arise in the immune system and include; non-Hodgkin lymphomas, Hodgkin lymphomas, myeloma, and lymphocytic leukemia. Taken together they are the fourth most common cancer type seen in Canadians and the incidence has been increasing faster than any other common cancer in North America. Given this, research is a priority.

The BC Cancer Foundation aims to raise $1.1 million to support the Single Cell Genomics Suite at the BC Cancer Agency’s Centre for Lymphoid Cancer. Funding will lead to more lives saved by enabling researchers to study single cell populations to better pinpoint treatment resistance and identify potential therapies. This is the hope and promise of 2016 Hope Couture.

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Under the leadership of Drs. Joseph Connors and Randy Gascoyne, of the Centre for Lymphoid Cancer, and in close collaboration with Dr. Marco Marra, of the Genome Sciences Centre, significant progress has been made. In the past ten years, the Centre for Lymphoid Cancer has become a world leader in the research of lymphoid cancers. While newly discovered therapies are improving the outlook for many patients diagnosed with lymphoid cancer, for others, treatment failure remains a reality. In the coming decade, the Centre will seek to identify, on a province-wide basis, the individual genomic factors that contribute to treatment failure and discover new therapeutic combinations that will ensure success. 

The brilliance and strength of the BC Cancer Agency team makes it possible for the Single Cell Genomics Suite to benefit patients not only in B.C., but worldwide. Funds raised at Hope Couture will ensure the sustainability of research and speed the translation of discoveries into better care, which means longer, healthier lives for those diagnosed with lymphoma. By tailoring treatment for all lymphoma cancer patients, we can bring hope and optimism to families across British Columbia.

We invite you to join us as a partner in discovery at the BC Cancer Foundation’s 2016 Hope Couture.


For ticket information, please contact Dana Whitburn at dana.whitburn@bccancer.bc.ca or 604.675.8261


Your ticket includes a fashion show featuring 2016 Fall and Winter Fashions, a silent auction, a live auction, and luncheon. 



Wednesday, September 14, 2014
11:00am to 2:00pm
$195 per person
$1,560 (8 seats)
$1,950 (10 seats) - Sold Out
Fairmont Pacific Rim
1038 Canada Place
Vancouver, British Columbia


We have the following two prizes for the raffle:

Chloe Handbag
Value $2,565
Generously donated by Bacci’s
Smythson 1887 Tote
Value $3,425
Generously donated by Boboli


$100 each (must be present to win, only 200 tickets available)
Gaming license #87625


Thank you to our generous sponsors!


Hope Couture 2016 Sponsor Canadian Jade Mine Resources


Hope Couture Sponsor Bacci'sHope Couture Sponsor Boboli


Hope Couture Sponsor Aaron Gordon Daykin Nordlinger LLPBC Cancer Foundation 2016 Hope Couture Sponsor LundbeckBC Cancer Foundation Hope Couture Sponsor


2016 Hope Couture Sponsor HSBCBC Cancer Foundation Hope Couture Sponsor ImparkBC Cancer Foundation Hope Couture SponsorBC Cancer Foundation 2016 Hope Couture SponsorBC Cancer Foundation Hope Couture Sponsor



2016 Hope Couture Sponsor Fairmont Pacific Rim


2016 Hope Couture Sponsor Simon Cooksley Design2016 Hope Couture Sponsor Greenscape Design


BC Cancer Foundation Hope Couture Sponsor


BC Cancer Foundation Hope Couture Sponsor Ampco Grafix


BC Cancer Foundation Hope Couture Sponsor


BC Cancer Foundation Hope Couture SponsorBC Cancer Foundation Hope Couture Sponsor


2016 Hope Couture Sponsor 365 Productions2016 Hope Couture Sponsor Butter Baked GoodsBC Cancer Foundation Hope Couture SponsorBC Cancer Foundation Hope Couture SponsorBC Cancer Foundation Hope Couture Sponsor FazioliBC Cancer Foundation Hope Couture Sponsor


The BC Cancer Foundation invites you to partner with us as a sponsor of Hope Couture. We offer monetary sponsorship involvement at a variety of levels. If you would like to discuss a sponsorship opportunity, please contact:

Lindsay Abbott
Senior Development Officer, Sponsorship
BC Cancer Foundation
Tel: 604.675.8015
Email: lindsay.abbott@bccancer.bc.ca

Live & Silent Auction

Here are the Live Auction items for 2016 Hope Couture:

BC Cancer Foundation 2016 Hope Couture Live Auction Item
1. Experience Italy in Vancouver
Can’t find the time to travel? Create your own Italian getaway without leaving the city! Experience the finest in Italian food, wine and hospitality as you enjoy dinner for six at Umberto Menghi’s acclaimed restaurant, Giardino. You and your guests will be accompanied for this unique meal by Mr. Jim Tobler, noted food and wine writer and editor of MONTECRISTO magazine and Maestro Menghi himself to guide you through the delectable dishes. With this unique dining experience comes a highly-sought after bottle of Gaja Sori San Lorenzo 2009, rated at 96 points. From the Wine Enthusiast “There’s always something magical about Gaja’s Sorì San Lorenzo. It’s the intensity and fullness of the wine that penetrates to the back of the palate and offers many long minutes of persistency on the finish. The bouquet is redolent of black fruit, leather, spice, tar, licorice and dried herb.” To round off your local Italian experience, enjoy a 3-day Maserati driving experience with unparalleled comfort, performance that few get to experience in an automobile. Driving a Maserati with impeccable Italian craftsmanship is an experience like nothing else in this world.

Restrictions: The Maserati cannot leave Canada, 500 kilometers allowed, valid until October 1, 2017.

Donors: MONTECRISTO Magazine, Giardino, and Anonymous

Value: $5100


BC Cancer Foundation 2016 Hope Couture Live Auction Item
2. Cocktail Party for you and 14 friends and Exclusive Film Screening Of The Power of The Heart
The book and movie have hit #1 in Europe and Asia. Gather your most inspirational friends for a once-in-a lifetime private film screening with the filmmaker, producer and author of “The Power of the Heart” Baptist de Pape. This unparalleled and life-changing film about the astonishing power and intelligence of your heart features some of the most inspiring and influential icons of our age including Paulo Coelho, Maya Angelou, Deepak Chopra, Isabel Allende, and Eckhart Tolle. The Power of the Heart is an experience that will lead you to uncover and rediscover your heart’s true purpose. You will also be joined by a special guest, Baptist’s brother Boas Schraven, a Sommelier from France who will guide you through a tasting of their Châteauneuf-du-Pape private family reserve wine. The Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the most famous of the Côtes du Rhône wine, where all the growers must harvest 100% by hand. This process results in textures that can be lush, lusty and luscious when young, and take on silky characteristics with age. Your party will be professionally catered by The Lazy Gourmet, who will create a completely custom menu of appetizers for you and 14 friends at the venue of your choice. Their award winning service and Oceanwise and sustainable food will wow your guests. Lastly, you will enjoy a private lunch for you and a friend with Baptist de Pape and his publicist, Janet Law, at Seasons in the Park, to have the experience to learn more about the author and his incredible journey through this book. You will also receive a signed copy of his movie and book.

Restrictions: This incredible experience can either take place November 1-9, 2016 or a mutually agreed upon date in the New Year; catering certificate must be redeemed by June 30, 2017.

Donors: Baptist de Pape, Producer, Writer, Author of The Power of the Heart, Janet Law, Publicist, Immediate Impressions, and The Lazy Gourmet

Value: Priceless
BC Cancer Foundation 2016 Hope Couture Live Auction Item
3. Escape to Italy
Experience one of the most romantic countries in the world as you and a guest enjoy the luxury of Executive Class travel with two Air Canada round-trip tickets to Rome. Once you arrive in Rome, enjoy amazing culture and sightseeing or make your way north to Florence to experience the beauty and hospitality of one of Italy’s major cities, which is home to Renaissance masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s "David" and Brunelleschi's Duomo. You will enjoy two nights stay in Florence, at the renowned, luxury hotel Villa Cora, a Relais & Châteaux property, where you will be greeted with prosecco in your Deluxe Double Room to toast your arrival! Let your worries disappear as you overlook the famous Boboli Gardens. Unwind and escape to the rooftop terrace to enjoy a breathtaking 360 degree view of the city Forbes ranks as one of the most beautiful in the world. You haven't been to Italy until you've experienced Villa Cora, the most prestigious, aristocratic residence of the Tuscan capital. The hotel’s Concierge will craft custom experiences for you to visit the famous Uffizi Gallery museum which hosts important collections by Botticelli & Caravaggio and Palazzo Pitti, the former residence of the Medici, followed by your choice of a winery tour to the Chianti Region or discover the secrets of authentic olive oil or truffle foraging. Before you leave for this incredible trip, sharpen up your Vespa skills with two rentals from Vespa Metro Vancouver. Your two one-day scooter rentals include insurance, fuel, lock, helmet, and unlimited kilometers - all you need to breeze through your favourite parts of the city and get ready for your Italian adventure!

Restrictions: Air Canada: Blackout December 20, 2016 to January 10, 2017, June 21, 2017 to September 5, 2017, expires September 14, 2017 Villa Cora inclusive of VAT. Certificate is subject to availability and is valid to June 30th, 2017. Blackout dates apply. Vespa: Valid up to 30 April, 2017.

Donors: Air Canada Foundation, David Zacks, Vespa Metro Vancouver, and Villa Cora

Value: $15,000



Enjoy a small preview of the 2016 Hope Couture's Silent Auction items:

1. Canucks Behind the Scenes This is a rare and coveted behind the scenes look at the Vancouver Canucks. Watch a practice, tour the locker room, gym, players’ lounge and coaches’ offices. Meet the Vancouver Canucks coaches, take some pictures in the locker room, learn about their daily routine and practice regime. The tour will be conducted by the Vancouver Canucks Video Coach, Ben Cooper, former Video Coach for the Gold Medal Winning 2010 Canadian Men’s Olympic hockey team. This experience is perfect for the two people in your life who would love to know more about the inner working of a professional coaching environment. The date of this event is to be determined for some point in the 2016/2017 Season.
Generously donated by The Vancouver Canucks Hockey Club
2. Sultry, Sexy, Stylish
Drape yourself in this beautiful silk tunic from popular Vancouver designer Christine Morton. This stunning floral and bird motif tunic is perfect for lounging or sleeping.
Generously donated by Diane’s Lingerie
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3. Stunning in Jade
Complete your perfect outfit with the perfect jade jewelry set. This exquisite necklace and bracelet set will have people stopping in their tracks. Jade has long been the most highly esteemed stone in China, and was valued for its beauty and powers of healing and protection.
Generously donated by CDN Jade Mine Resources
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4. Show Everyone Your Million Dollar Smile
Some say a great smile can be your best calling card - this is your chance to get that desired smile for yourself or someone you love. Let Dr. Charity Siu, a Board Certified Orthodontist, work with you to achieve that million dollar smile. This gift certificate allows you to get that orthodontic work for yourself or your child. Whether it be Invisalign, braces, hidden braces, or retainers, your smile will shine!
Generously donated by ClearView Orthodontics
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5. You Can Be a Pop Star
You can be a pop star! See what it's like to be a recording artist, and produce your very own tracks that all your friends will be talking about! Your Pop Star CD Party is for up to 8 guests and includes a photo shoot, a professional vocal coach, a recording session and three mastered tracks on CD to take away.
Generously donated by Susan Chow
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6. Ride Like the Royals
The quintessential country boot by Dubarry of Ireland. Constructed with DryFast-DrySoft breathable crushed leather on the outside and lined with Gore-Tex on the inside, these boots are durable, practical, and stylish. Perfect for cold, wet days in the city, or for walking in the countryside. The Royals wear Dubarry’s when riding, so why shouldn’t you? They are exclusive to The Carrington Shoppe in Vancouver.
Generously donated by The Carrington Shoppe
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7. Celebrate en Français
Immerse yourself in the enchantment of France right here in Vancouver. You and someone special can enjoy a decadent and exquisite dinner for two with this spectacular $200 gift certificate to the classic, Le Crocodile. Take the romance home and celebrate something wonderful with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot!
Generously donated by Ron and Gurmeet Sengara