2016 Inspiration Gala

The BC Cancer Foundation’s 2016 Inspiration Gala raised a spectacular $3.05 million to support the launch of NETRACER: Compounds to Conquer Cancer at the BC Cancer Agency. The elegant evening for 500 guests included a cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, entertainment, silent auction and live auction.

Last year’s event raised $1.9 million for Immunotherapy research and cumulatively over the past eleven years, Inspiration Galas have raised $22 million for breakthrough lung, pancreatic, brain, ovarian, breast, lymphoid and colorectal cancer research, as well as the Personalized Medicine Project and Personalized Onco-Genomics Program (POG) at the BC Cancer Agency. Through the Inspiration Gala, BC Cancer Foundation donors make contributions to leading-edge research that has a direct impact in improving cancer care for patients in B.C. The 2012 Inspiration Gala won “Best Fund Raising Event” in Canada at the Canadian Event Industry Awards. The BC Cancer Foundation is the largest charitable funder of cancer research in this province.

NETRACER is a world-class radionuclide therapy program that benefits patients with neuroendocrine cancers (NETs) and will be developed to benefit other cancer types. Remarkable progress has been made in improving cancer care and treatment. Yet, the fact remains some rare and hard to treat cancers are stubborn and demand more of our attention. The time is now to find solutions for these cancers and bring hope and optimism to families across British Columbia. Funds raised at the 2016 Inspiration Gala will ensure better detection and treatment for these types of cancers.

Read more about the 2016 event here.

Event Details

As one of British Columbia's premiere events, the Inspiration Gala has become one of the most important dates in Vancouver's social calendar.

Date: Saturday, October 29, 2016
New Location: The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900 W Georgia St
Parking: Valet Parking complimentary for guests; please quote Inspiration Gala
Hotel Rooms: For preferred room rates, please visit the BC Cancer Foundation booking page​



Individual tickets are $600 and a table of ten is $6,000. Partial tax receipt issued after the event. To purchase tickets, please contact Dana Whitburn at dana.whitburn@bccancer.bc.ca or 604.675.8261.

Event Details
6:00 pm Cocktail Reception + Silent Auction
7:00 pm Dinner + Live Auction Raffle Draw
10:00 pm After Party Dancing with Dr. Strangelove

2016 Inspiration Gala Committee
Tamara Taggart, O.B.C., CHAIR
Jane Hungerford, O.B.C., PAST CHAIR
Deborah Roitberg, PAST CHAIR

Stephanie Bonn
Celeste Burgoyne
Genieve Burley
Ana Fernandes
Karen Fleck
Janie Hungerford
Kellie Johnston 
Azim Lalani
Patrick MacKenzie
Nancy McCrea
Hannah McDonald
Stéphane Mouttet
Jenny Newell
Annabel St. John
Rachel Thomas
Jas Uppal
Kathy Zandbergen

Over ten years, the BC Cancer Foundation's Inspiration Gala has invested $20 million to accelerate research in lung, pancreatic, breast, ovarian, brain, colorectal, lymphoid cancers personalized medicine and POG at the BC Cancer Agency. The Gala has enabled groundbreaking discoveries in each of these projects, enriching our understanding of cancer, informing new treatment protocols, and helping to save lives.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Dana Whitburn at dana.whitburn@bccancer.bc.ca or 604.675.8261.

How Your Gift Helps

The 2016 Inspiration Gala’s goal is to raise $3 million to support NETRACER: Compounds to Conquer Cancer at the BC Cancer Agency. Funds raised at the 2016 Inspiration Gala will dramatically improve diagnosis and treatment for hundreds of patients diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumors (NETs)—a cancer on the rise in British Columbia. By supporting the creation of NETRACER, a world-class radionuclide therapy program the Gala will benefit British Columbians diagnosed with NETs and develop targeted treatments for other cancers, including prostate, pancreatic, breast, and melanoma.

Live Auction

Take a look at a few of our Live Auction items!

Inspiration Gala Live Auction Item 1
Fun, Sun and Championship Golf at the Waste Management Open in Phoenix

A unique opportunity for you and a guest to attend the “The Greatest Show on Grass” at the Waste Management Phoenix Open at the TPC Scottsdale in early 2017. This event plays host to the greatest players in the game, and as one of the first events on the PGA TOUR calendar, it kicks off the year with a bang. Your package includes 2 tickets to Skybox 16 – home of the 16th hole and the “Coliseum”. The Par 3, hole 16 is the most exciting and loudest hole on the PGA Tour. From the comfort of the Skybox, you will enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the action from tee to green while enjoying a buffet and cocktails. Watch greats like Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson, Ricky Fowler and Graham DeLaet in action.  In addition, you will get two additional tickets for general admission for a second day to follow your favorite golfer around the course. During your stay in Arizona, catch the Phoenix Coyotes take on the LA Kings with a pair of NHL tickets. Phoenix is known for its year-round sun and warm temperatures and a great location for shopping, restaurants and outdoor activities. A great getaway from the rain soaked winters of Vancouver. Your adventure will begin with a flight for two from Vancouver to Phoenix and will include 3 nights’ accommodation at an upscale hotel. The golf tournament takes place January 30 to February 5, 2017 and the NHL game is January 31, 2017.

Value: Priceless
Generously donated by Snell & Wilmer
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Chef’s Dinner for 10 plus Special Guests

Bon Vivant Catering and Select Wines have teamed up for an exclusive dinner party for you and nine guests at the venue of your choice. Joining you at this Chef’s Dinner will be Special Guests Dr. Malcolm Moore, President of the BC Cancer Agency, Sarah Roth, President & CEO of the BC Cancer Foundation and Tamara Taggart, Chair of the 2016 Inspiration Gala and CTV News Anchor. Chef Dino Renaerts, who studied at the Dubrulle French Culinary School, has cooked for celebrities and royalty alike.  Chef Renaerts was the first chef in Canada to be a certified sommelier which explains why his cuisine is often inspired by his love of wine.  You will work with Chef Renaerts to create a delicious four-course meal to be paired with wines donated by Select Wines. An evening of this kind would not be complete without your own personal sommelier. Nessa van Bergen, Partner and Sommelier of Bon Vivant, will be on hand to talk to you and your guests about the wines and how the food and wines can pair together. You will delight in an evening of stimulating conversation, exquisite food and delectable wines. A&B Partytime Rentals will provide all the rentals you need to create a fabulous event. This Chef’s Dinner can take place at your home or another venue of your choice – the possibilities are endless!

Value: Priceless
Generously donated by Bon Vivant Catering, Select Wines, A&B Partytime Rentals, BC Cancer Agency, BC Cancer Foundation and Tamara Taggart
Inspiration Gala Live Auction Item 3
Once in a Lifetime Stay on River Halladale, Scotland
This is your once in a lifetime chance to experience seven days of adventure, fishing and exploration for you and up to 11 guests at The Bighouse Estate on the River Halladale in northern Scotland. Built in 1765 and located two-and-a-half hours north of Inverness, this former home of the Chief of the Clan Mackay offers all the warmth, comfort and charm expected of a traditional Scottish Highland house. Situated on the mouth of the River Halladale, a well known spate salmon river, your activities will include fishing, shooting, hiking, golfing and scenic sightseeing. For fishing enthusiasts, you will have the services of the Lodge’s top ghillie, Reuben Sweeting, to demonstrate the best techniques and areas to fish. Included are two beats on the Halladale, loch fishing with boats and guide, sea trout fishing with boats on Loch Hope, and sea fishing with guide on the Estate’s own boat.  
Taking place in the fall of 2017, this is a great time of year to experience the unique landscape while stalking for both Red and Roe deer. The wild Sutherland landscape provides the perfect setting for scenic exploration, wildlife and photographic safaris, nature trails, bird watching and guided tours.
Also included is the arrangement for a day trip to the many sights nearby, including the Castle of Mey, the late Queen Mother’s Scottish home; the archipelago of nearby Orkney Islands; or the famous village of John o’ Groats. For golfing enthusiasts, play on the northern most 18-hole course on the British mainland, a ten-minute drive away. Through a separate negotiation, you may arrange for partridge shooting. Your 7 day excursion includes all sporting equipment, accommodation, meals, beverages and transfers to and from Inverness airport. This will take place September 24 to October 1, 2017.
Value: Priceless
Generously donated by Patrick Hungerford and The Bighouse Estate
Inspiration Gala 2016 Live Auction Item 4
Fund A Need

During the live auction, the BC Cancer Foundation invites you to become our partner in discovery by raising funds in support of NETRACER: Compounds to Conquer Cancer. NETRACER is a world-class radionuclide therapy program for neuroendocrine cancers (NETs), that with our collective support, will be running within a year. 
NETRACER is a personalized treatment program that offers hope to greatly improve outcomes and reduce treatment side effects by using a highly specialized PET/CT scan and nuclear medicine compound to treat NETs. Only a handful of countries around the world offer this imaging and treatment approach that the B.C. team will quickly expand to patients with other types of cancers such as breast, prostate and melanoma.
The time is now to find solutions for these cancers and to bring hope and optimism to families across British Columbia. Together, we will establish this state-of-the-art program in B.C. meaning patients will no longer have to travel far to access life-saving treatment. We will bring a highly personalized program to patients in need, and ensure better detection and treatment. We invite you to join us in bringing cancer care closer to home.

Donations to A World Free From Cancer will receive a full charitable tax receipt.
Inspiration Gala Live Auction 5
Time to kick up your shoes with a Party for 40 at Casa Mia

This is your chance to throw a spectacular party at the historic Casa Mia – Vancouver’s legendary mansion! You and up to 39 guests will experience the magic of Casa Mia, designed by renowned Vancouver architect, Ross A. Lort for George C. Reifel, who was very influential in Vancouver’s music scene. Completed in 1932, the house was famous for its parties, with well-known musicians of the day performing late into the night after their shows. Featured in many Hollywood movies, this gorgeous mansion was designed with fabulous paties in mind. You find a lower level ballroom with sprung dance floor, gold-leaf walls, and other unique details of its Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. Your guests will experience the VIP touch as you arrive and are greeted by Park & Fifth Avenue Valets. Exquisite hors d’oeuvres will be crafted by The Lazy Gourmet, one of Vancouver’s premier catering and event companies. You will work with an event planner and chef to create a custom menu to highlight The Lazy Gourmet’s west coast flair and sustainability. Incredible wines from Francesco Aquilini’s personal collection will compliment your menu. Beer will be provided by award winning local brewery Red Truck Beer. A&B Partytime Rentals will be providing all the rentals you need for your party. This package has everything you need for a truly unforgettable event!

Value: Priceless
Generously donated by: Francesco Aquilini, Roy and Maureen McIntosh, The Lazy Gourmet, Red Truck Beer, Park & Fifth Avenue Valets Ltd. and A&B Partytime Rentals
Inspiration Gala Live Auction 6
Breakfast at Tiffany’s in New York with Cathay Pacific Business Class flights
Experience a scene right out of a movie! 

The star quality treatment begins with an invitation to the elegant and contemporary Cathay Pacific YVR lounge, before you settle in to enjoy the luxury and comfort of their Business Class service to New York City and the legendary Asian hospitality that is the hallmark of Cathay Pacific. Recognized as one of the world's best airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways flies non-stop daily from Vancouver to the Big Apple.

The next morning you and a guest will enjoy Breakfast at Tiffany in the jeweler’s famous Fifth Avenue store in New York City. Following this gracious start to the day, you will tour Tiffany’s jeweler workshop, where master designers hand craft the world’s most exquisite diamond and gemstone jewels. It’s a unique experience, designed with the allure of glamour that inspired Holly Golightly to famously say of Tiffany & Co., “Nothing bad can ever happen here.”

Your experience includes two nights’ accommodation in a luxury 5 star Manhattan hotel compliments of Tiffany & Co. and a dazzling diamond wire bracelet from our iconic Tiffany T collection. This experience is rarely offered and cannot be purchased!

Value: Priceless
Generously donated by Cathay Pacific Airways and Tiffany & Co.
Inspiration Gala Live Auction Item 7
Rare Opportunity to Stay at Warm Springs Resort

You and three guests will experience a first class fishing trip at the exclusive Warm Springs Resort on Stuart Island, a private fishing lodge available only to invited guests. Take time to enjoy the many amenities this resort has to offer, including a swimming pool, hot tub, tennis court or sitting back and relaxing in the “upside-down boat.” For the adventurer, there are also miles of hiking trails waiting to be explored! The Warm Springs’ “barge” is fully self-contained, with accommodations that are truly first-class.  

During your stay at Warm Springs Resort, you will have an in-house professional chef at your service, catering delicious meals. The expert fishing guides will show you all the techniques and hot spots needed to help you catch the big one. Your prize catches will be cleaned, frozen and sealed, ready for your departure flight. Your stay on the Barge will be long remembered for its incomparable, first class approach and down-to-earth hospitality.

You will enjoy a scenic flight by float plane from Richmond directly to Stuart Island, one hour north of Vancouver. This trip is 2 nights and 3 days, includes 16 hours of guided salmon fishing, all meals and beverages, and accommodation.

Value: Priceless
Generously donated by D.E.R. Resorts




Silent Auction



Preview a selection of our amazing silent auction items below:

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1. Elby Pedal Power with Service
Elby is the world's first one-size-fits-most pedal assist hybrid bicycle that's attractive, intuitive, versatile and confidence inspiring from the very first pedal stroke. Simple, elegant and fun to ride. Elby—you charge it—it charges you. Along with your fab new bike, you will receive one year worth of service from Velofix.

Generously donated by Velofix
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2. KA Davidson Photography, ''The Dude''
Shot in Iceland in 2015, ''The Dude'' is part of KA Davidson's ongoing series of horses. This gallery wrapped canvas photo print is sure to be a conversation piece in your home.

Generously donated by KA Davidson Photography
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3. Tour Vancouver by Helicopter
Gain a new perspective on this great city with this 20 minute aerial tour by Talon Helicopters for five passengers. Departing base at Vancouver International Airport and continuing over downtown, Stanley Park, English Bay and a close look at the north shore mountains, you and your guests are sure to fall in love with Vancouver all over again.

Generously donated by Talon Helicopters
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4. Lovely Lattice Cuff
While hiking toward the Himalayan Mountains, Ona Chan stayed in Lijiang, China—a UNESCO site. Here buildings date back to the Song Dynasty and retain the traditional lattice windows. These classical windows inspired her to visualize a contemporary collection. The Lattice cuff is the perfect blend of history and current.

Generously donated by Ona Chan Jewelry
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5. Plenty of Fish in the Sea
Enjoy a half day salmon fishing charter for up to five people with Bon Chovy. They have access to salmon fisheries and the Fraser River, which produces an abundance of salmon. Along with local stocks, there are waves of feeding and migrating salmon throughout the year. Bon Chovy fish effectively for all five species of salmon in local waters.

Bon Chovy Fishing Charters
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6. Sciacallo Pink Bicycle
This 50cm 2017 Sciacallo Alato is an ultralight, carbon fibre dream. At just 3lbs (frame and forks) this responsive, agile and aggressive frame is vertically compliant and comfortable to ride for any distance. A carbon fibre wheelset and Shimano 105 components round out this amazing bike.

Generously donated by Sciacallo Bikes
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7. Glam Girl’s Beauty Party at Holts for 6
Gather five girlfriends for a fun night of beauty at Charlotte Tilbury ! You’ll be welcomed with refreshments, each of you will be presented with a $50 Holt Renfrew gift card and escorted to the Charlotte Tilbury beauty counter where you’ll enjoy two hours of pampering and a complimentary makeup application featuring one of the 10 Charlotte Tilbury signature looks. Plus, you’ll each receive a stylish gift bag loaded with some of our favorite beauty products. Then it’s off to the new Holts Café for a fun girl’s dinner!  Enjoy a sumptuous set menu for six.

Generously donated by Holt Renfrew




Enjoy a three night trip to Chicago, the Windy City! Prize includes Business Class airfare for two, three nights in Suite at Swissôtel Chicago, and dinner at Michelin star restaurant Naha.

Value: $8,897 

Tickets: $100 each 
(must be present to win) 

Generously donated by:

Fasken MartineauFairmont Hotel Vancouver


Thank you to our generous sponsors!


2016 Inspiration Gala Sponsor Encana


BC Cancer Foundation Inspiration Gala Sponsor Ipsen


2016 Inspiration Gala Sponsor Cressey


BC Cancer Foundation 2016 Inspiration Gala Sponsor BMO


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The BC Cancer Foundation invites you to partner with us as a sponsor of the Inspiration Gala. 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