2020 Virtual Inspiration Gala

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

Thank you for making the 2020 Virtual Inspiration Gala presented by BMO Bank of Montreal a success as we launch a vital campaign to Break Down Women’s Cancers.

With you, and the incredible support of our BC Cancer Foundation community, including an extraordinary $5 million donation from the Rix Family Foundation, we kicked off with an astounding $8.2 million toward our $20 million goal.

We invite you to continue the momentum for this life-changing campaign by clicking on the ‘Donate to Break Down Women’s Cancers’ button below:

DONATE TO BREAK DOWN WOMEN'S CANCERS 

 

The 2020 Inspiration Gala presented by BMO will raise funds to break down Women’s Cancers

BMO is proud to be a part of our community and support the BC Cancer Foundation’s 2020 Virtual Inspiration Gala. BMO and the BC Cancer Foundation are committed to changing the outcome for the over 5,500 British Columbians who will be diagnosed with a women’s cancer in 2020.

The BC Cancer Foundation is committed to changing the outcome for the over 5,500 British Columbians who will be diagnosed with a women’s cancer this year.

We believe BC CAN because we already are:

  • With donor support, BC Cancer was the first to sequence the DNA of breast cancer, leading to a new understanding of the disease and how to treat it.
  • BC Cancer researchers were the first to discover and implement a novel method to prevent ovarian cancer. This method has since been adopted by cancer centres around the world.

Today, BC Cancer is leading the charge to cure more women’s cancers through innovative therapies and precision medicine. We are on the cusp of more cures for women in B.C. and we invite you to join us and show your support through the 2020 Virtual Inspiration Gala presented by BMO.

Together, BC CAN change the story for women across the province, and we will.

 

2019 Inspiration Gala

 

 

Event Details

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

Thank you for making the 2020 Virtual Inspiration Gala presented by BMO Bank of Montreal a success as we launch a vital campaign to Break Down Women’s Cancers.

With you, and the incredible support of our BC Cancer Foundation community, including an extraordinary $5 million donation from the Rix Family Foundation, we kicked off with an astounding $8.2 million toward our $20 million goal.

We invite you to continue the momentum for this life-changing campaign by clicking on the ‘Donate to Break Down Women’s Cancers’ button below:

DONATE TO BREAK DOWN WOMEN'S CANCERS 

 

2020 Inspiration Gala Committee 

Patrick MacKenzie, CHAIR

Jane Hungerford, O.B.C., PAST CHAIR

Negar Adam

Ruth Burstein

Ana Fernandes

Karen Fleck

Carmen Hou

Janie Hungerford

Stephen Ing

Natalie Matko

Kelly May

Jenny Newell

Susan Nicol

Claudia Pavao

Rachel Thomas

Paula Thomson

Jas Uppal

Shanlee von Vegesack 

Over 15 years, the BC Cancer Foundation's Inspiration Gala has invested over $34 million to accelerate research in genomics, blood, lung, pancreatic, breast, ovarian, brain, colorectal, lymphoid cancers, personalized medicine and POG at BC Cancer. The Gala has enabled ground-breaking discoveries in each of these projects, enriching our understanding of cancer, informing new treatment protocols, and helping to save lives.

For more information, please contact Chantelle Dalton at 604.675.8191 or Chantelle.Dalton@bccancer.bc.ca.

How Your Gift Helps

WE WILL BREAK DOWN WOMEN’S CANCERS IN 2020

This is the year.

This is the year we will break down women’s cancers.

This year, 3,975 women in B.C. will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

This year, 1,570 women in B.C. will be diagnosed with gynecologic cancer, including ovarian, uterine and cervical.

While many breast cancers are curable, rare and hard-to-treat subtypes can be deadly, particularly for younger women.

Currently, there are no effective treatments for most gynecologic cancers.

BC CAN change this.

The BC Cancer Foundation is committed to changing the outcome for the 5,545 British Columbians who will be diagnosed with a women’s cancer in 2020.

We believe BC CAN because we already are:

  • With donor support, BC Cancer was the first to break down the DNA of breast cancer, leading to a new understanding of the disease and how to treat it.
  • BC Cancer researchers were the first to discover and implement a method to prevent ovarian cancer. This method has since been adopted by cancer centres around the world.

Today, BC Cancer is leading the charge to cure more women’s cancers through innovative therapies and precision medicine.

As cancer continues to evolve, now is our time to act.

A significant investment is needed right now to find solutions for women’s cancers.  
We are on the cusp of more cures for women in B.C. and we invite you to join us and show your support through the 2020 Inspiration Gala presented by BMO.

Together, BC CAN change the story for women across the province, and we will.

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Donate securities to Inspiration gala 

Download and complete the Securities Transfer Form (PDF). Follow the easy instructions on the form to complete the transfer. 

Live & Silent Auction

Silent Auction

Bid on over 130 exciting silent auction items generously donated from businesses and individuals who support our mission to break down women’s cancers. To bid visit www.inspirationgalaauction.ca


Live Auction

Getaway at Sonora Resort – Luxury in the Canadian Wilderness

Gateway at Sonora Resort
Gateway at Sonora Resort

Sonora Resort pampers you with exceptional personalized service and gourmet dining in the breathtakingly beautiful surroundings of British Columbia’s west coast. Take time to enjoy the many amenities this resort has to offer, including a swimming pool, hot tub, spa mineral pools, theatre, virtual golf course, fly fishing trout pond and tennis court.

During your stay at Sonora Resort, you will have an in-house professional chef 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, sealed and frozen, ready for your departure flight. Your stay on the Island will be long remembered for its incomparable, first class approach and down-to-earth hospitality.

You will enjoy a scenic flight by helicopter or seaplane from Richmond directly to Sonora Island, 50 minutes north of Vancouver. This trip is three nights and four days, includes four hours of ocean guided fishing, spa credit, all meals and beverages and accommodation.

Valid until October 15, 2021, subject to availability. Gratuities not included.

Generously donated by Sonora Resort

Value: $9,900


In-Home Cooking Demo and Dinner with Chef Angus An

Chef Angus An
Chef Angus An

Enjoy an exclusive in-home cooking demo and dinner for you and five guests with Chef Angus An, head chef and owner of Maenam. You will work with Chef An to create a delicious, multi-course, family style Thai meal with wine pairings. As we are all trying to keep our bubbles tight, we know it may not be the ideal times to have a chef enter your home which is why this package does not have an expiry date. Whether you feel comfortable in a year or two, you will have a memorable dinner with Chef An, whose beautiful dishes taste as good as they look! Maenam has won many awards including Restaurant of the Year and Best Thai Restaurant Award for eight years running. Included with this package are two copies of his cookbook, Maenam: A Fresh Approach to Thai Cooking.

In-home dinner cannot take place until spring 2021 and must take place on a mutually agreed upon date subject to government restrictions.

Generously donated by Chef Angus An

Value: Priceless


One-Hour Interview Session with an Edited Digital Story by Human Biography

Human Biography Session
Human Biography Session

Everyone’s story is iconic. You have the chance to share yours in an entertaining, engaging and educating way. Whether it is for public or private consumption, Sharad and Nisha Kharé, the founders of Human Biography, will work with you to document your legacy, work and achievements through a one-hour interview session. From this interview, they will produce a captivating and informative digital story. 

Human Biography has produced documentaries and digital stories with the world’s most sought after icons, leaders and super humans. These individuals include his Holiness the Dalai Lama, Meryl Streep, Jack & Suzy Welch, Peter Diamandis, Katy Perry and many more. Both organizations and individuals work with them to produce content that informs, entertains, and educates their audiences. Whether you want to share it with a global audience or preserve it as a family momentum, Human Biography will help you tell your story.

Generously donated by Human Biography

Value: $10,000


Please check back as additional items will be added over the next week.

Sponsorship

Thank you to our generous 2020 sponsors!

PRESENTING

INSPIRATION

DISCOVERY

Jarislowsky Fraser Limited

DREAM

Marcon   WholeBrand

COURAGE

AstraZeneca    Fasken

HOPE

        MD Financial       Merck    PI Financial    Wanson   

 

STRENGTH

    Brian Jessel BMW    John Tsai Group    Centre Court    SPIRA    Umi Sushi Express    ZLC Financial

WINE

Carmen

PRODUCTION

PEAK Technologies

IN KIND

Butter Studios    Cocktails and Canapes    Maximum Express    Novus    Richie Brothers    Simon Cooksley    Voluspa        

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
Associate Director, Corporate Relations
BC Cancer Foundation
Tel: 604.675.8015
Email: lindsay.abbott@bccancer.bc.ca

 

FAQ

2020 Virtual Inspiration Gala LIVE STREAM FAQS
 

It’s after 6:45 PM and I can’t see the live stream, what do I do?
Try refreshing your browser window or hovering over the live stream and click the play button.
 

I am watching the live stream but cannot hear anything. How do I get sound?

Hover your mouse over the live stream and on the bottom right there five bars beside the gear icon. Click on the tallest bar for maximum volume. If this does not work, there may be an issue with the sound on your computer.
 

Which browser do you recommend for viewing the live stream?
We recommend Google Chrome for the best viewing experience.
 

Can I make the screen larger?

Yes, hover over the live stream on the bottom right corner; you will see arrows pointing outwards. Click on the arrows and it will take you to full screen. We also recommend watching the live stream on your TV. This can be done by connecting your laptop to a TV with an HDMI cable, connecting through AirPlay or another casting device. If you have a Smart TV, you will be able to enter the URL into the web browser.
 

How do I watch the event and bid on auction items at the same time?

We recommend watching the live stream either on your TV or full screen on your laptop. Use another device, like your phone or a tablet, to bid on auction items and donate at www.inspirationgalaauction.ca
 

How do I bid on the live auction packages?

The bidding for the live auction will open around 8:00 PM on November 7th (ensure you are watching the live stream as the timing may change slightly). Once the auctioneer calls for bids, the live auction will be open. Please ensure you have registered on Givergy prior to the start of the live auction.

To place your bid:

  1. Visit www.inspirationgalaauction.ca  (sign in or register)
  2. Go to the Live Auction tab
  3. Click on the item you would like to bid on.
  4. Enter your bid amount into the field at the bottom of the page and click ‘Place Bid’
  5. Follow announced bidding levels during the auction or bid on any item until auction is officially closed.
     

I’m experiencing technical difficulties! Is there someone that can help?
Message us in the chat on the live stream website or call us at 604-707-5929 on November 7th.
 

Where can I donate?
We recommend using your phone or another device to bid on auction items and to donate. Visit www.inspirationgalaauction.ca to donate. If you would prefer to donate over the phone, please call us at 604-675-8191.
 

When I log on, I receive a message saying the site is not secure. What do I do?

This is likely because you have a firewall on your device restricting access to certain websites. This may happen if you are watching from a work device or network. Try logging on to watch from a different device or, if you can, use a different server.
 

The live stream is not clear, is there anything I can do?

Hover over the live stream and click on the gear icon in the bottom right corner. A list of quality options will pop up, click on the largest number. If this does not work, it may be your internet connection. We recommend connecting to your internet with an Ethernet cable. 
 

Is there a hashtag for the event? What are your social media handles so I can tag you?
Use the hashtag #InspirationGala on your social media channels to join in on the conversation. Tag us @BCCancerFDN on Instagram as we will be sharing some of our favourite posts throughout the night.