VICTORIA, B.C.  December 8, 2011 – The BC Cancer Foundation’s swanky Jingle Mingle and brand new Jingle Soirée secure a staggering $510,000 for invaluable cancer research at the BC Cancer Agency’s Vancouver Island Centre. 

A generous crowd of 275 Vancouver Islanders gathered at the Fairmont Empress Hotel to enjoy delectable drinks and hor d’oeuvres while bidding on fabulous silent and live auction items. Beneath the shimmer and chic attire of the holiday event, guests were keenly aware of the evening’s goal to improve cancer outcomes for Vancouver Island patients through leading-edge immunotherapy research taking place in Victoria.

Local prostate cancer survivor Dean Clarke reinforced the evening’s mantra of research being key to achieving a world free from cancer. Clarke attributes his positive cancer outcome to the breakthrough cancer research that’s taken place over the past decade at the BC Cancer Agency and believes that further research will lead to better treatments and more stories of triumph like his.  

“What a magical evening!” says Jingle Mingle Chair, Bonnie Campbell. “I’m so humbled by the generosity of each Jingle Mingle and Jingle Soirée guest. Thank you to all of our donors and supporters for making this an outstanding evening.”

Jingle Mingle guests also raised their paddles high in philanthropic spirit for the event’s first Equip-a-Need—a way to raise funds for in-demand scientific equipment. Proceeds from this year’s Equip-a-Need are going toward a state-of-the-art robotic microscope as well as other high priority research equipment at the BC Cancer Agency’s Vancouver Island Centre. The microscope will help scientists find answers that will transform immunotherapy research on Vancouver Island—benefitting patients in the community first.

The sold-out Jingle Soirée was brand new for 2011 and an overwhelming success. The intimate four course dining experience at Prime Steakhouse & Lounge wowed guests’ taste-buds all while being serenaded by Carnegie Hall performer Ken Lavigne’s opera vocals. 

President and CEO of the BC Cancer Foundation, Douglas Nelson thanked guests for the overwhelming support of cancer research in their own community. Nelson says, “Over half a million dollars raised at last night’s Jingle Mingle and the Jingle Soirée  will benefit patients here on Vancouver Island and across B.C.”

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Event photos are available. For more information or to arrange an interview with Bonnie Campbell or a BC Cancer Agency Vancouver Island Centre scientist, please contact:

Danyael Weintraub
BC Cancer Foundation, Vancouver Island
e. dweintraub@bccancer.bc.ca
t. 250-519-5552
c. 250-896-9015

Allison Colina
BC Cancer Foundation, Communications
e. allison.colina@bccancer.bc.ca
t. 604-707-5934