On September 27th, AIDS Vancouver held our popular Celebrity Dim Sum fund-raiser – and it was a tremendous success. The seventh annual event garnered an unprecedented $21, 670, surpassing its 2013 goal by almost $3500.
“Celebrity Dim Sum is our signature fundraiser, and we’re honoured and extremely gratified by the generosity and support of our sponsors, donors, celebrities, staff, volunteers and guests who made this event such a rousing success,” said AIDS Vancouver executive director Dr. Brian Chittock. “Because of their ongoing commitment and contributions of time, gifts and money, we can continue to provide vital services to the people who need it most.”
Presented this year by Joytv, and sponsored by Be the Change Group, BT Breakfast Television/CityTV, Haywire Winery, Treasury Wine Estates, McMillian, OMNI, Vancity, WestJet, and WE Vancouver, the event was held at Floata Seafood Restaurant in the heart of Chinatown.
Co-hosts Fred Lee, contributor to The CBC, The Province and Vancouver Courier and Sophie Lui from Global TV News were joined by local Vancouver media and entertainment personalities who pushed the Dim Sum carts and served guests. Celebrities included Rick Cluff, Cecilia Walters and Gloria Macarenko from CBC, Ann Luu and Mi-Jung Lee from CTV, Kyle Donaldson and Michel McDermott from Breakfast Television/City TV, Leah Bolton and Dean Atwal from JoytvNEWS, Joytv’s and CarmenTV’s Carmen Ruiz y Laza, Shaw TV’s Fiona Forbes, OMNI News Anchor Bowen Zhang, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of 30 Day Adventures Marc Smith, Barb Snelgrove, Radio Host @QueerFMVan, ReporterOUTLooktv/OUTtv, and president of megamouthmedia, Ryan Steele, well-known Vancouver bartender, stand-up comic and Amazing Race Canada contestant, and His Worship, Mayor Gregor Robertson.
Once again, guests were treated to the hugely popular Annual Chicken Feet Eating Contest, won this year by Peter Fry, son of last year’s winner, Vancouver Centre MP Dr. Hedy Fry. Live and silent auctions rounded out the festivities, with Live Auction items from Marc Smith and the Gramercy Grill resulting in record-breaking bids. The wine basket donated by Treasury Wine was a very popular item in the silent auction bidding along with the Joe Average painting package.