Hospital For Sick Children: Glitter Shanghai Gala (Sat. Mar. 4th, 2017)

By BK on the SCENE & Photos by AJ Lam

More than $325,000 was raised during the fourth annual Glitter event held on Saturday, March 4, 2017 to benefit The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). This year, guests experienced the glamour and gastronomy of the ‘Sleepless City’ through a Shanghai-inspired theme. More than 410 attendees from the Chinese-Canadian community gathered for a memorable evening in support of SickKids.

This one-of-a-kind event at the Arcadian Court offered casino games, food from Toronto top-chefs and entertainment from a former SickKids patient among others. Emily Hui, who had surgery at SickKids, entertained the crowd with a stunning vocal performance.

Emily was born in Hong Kong with a cleft lip and palate and came to Toronto at age five when she received surgery at SickKids. Throughout her childhood, Emily continued to visit the hospital, seeing language pathologists to ensure she could communicate effectively. Now she is an accomplished performer and vocalist.

Glitter supports a fundraising campaign that partners the Chinese-Canadian community with the redevelopment of operating suites at SickKids. The volunteer Chinese Cabinet and Event Committee is led by SickKids Foundation Board members Justin Poy and Frank Luk who were in attendance at the event.

Frank Luk has served on the Foundation Board of Directors since 2007 as the first Chinese member. This year he served as the Honorary Chair at Glitter. “Many of our sponsors return year after year as they have a vested interest in contributing to SickKids,” said Frank Luk. “We are grateful for their commitment and support in creating a truly one-of-a-kind event in Toronto’s social scene.”

Sponsors included ‘Diamond’ sponsors: Fallsview Casino Resort, the Justin Poy agency, Manulife, TD Bank Financial Group and ‘Jade’ sponsors: BMO Wealth Management, Cathay Pacific Synnex Canada and V-Line

Funds raised through Glitter support the redevelopment of an operating suite at SickKids, specific for transplant, trauma and general surgery. SickKids has 16 operating suites and 11 of them are outdated and decades old. It costs an average of $1.75 million each to make them state-of-the-art. For kids in Canada, this means less pain and few complications. For surgeons from China, this means a place to learn and train that will improve outcomes at home.

“The Chinese Cabinet members significantly contribute to the success of the event every year,” said Justin Poy, SickKids Foundation Board Member and Co-Chair, Chinese Cabinet. “As a result of their dedication, $3.8 million has been raised through events like Glitter and other initiatives in three years.”

The Chinese Initiative has recently committed to raising another $5 million in support of the SickKids Greater China Partnership, part of a SickKids mandate to ensure that where you live should not determine if you live. China has a shortage of 200,000 trained paediatricians and is estimated to have an approximate ratio of more than 4,000 children per doctor. Through partnerships with hospitals in China, SickKids can build capacity and share expertise that will improve paediatric care.

Chinese Cabinet:
Co-Chairs: Frank Luk and Justin Poy
Members: Alan Kwong, Ben Leung, Benny Cheung, Doris Chan, Pauline Cheung, Richard So, Susan Gong, Anita Un

Glitter Event Committee:
Honorary Chair: Frank Luk
Chair: Justin Poy
Members: Althea Nguyen, Anita Chen, Anita Un, Doris Chan, Elly L. Cairns, Hua Yu, Larry Lau, Lin Chen, Mabel Ho, Pauline Cheung, Rain Liu, Richard So, Rong Liu, Shelia Yan, Sylvia Tseng

About SickKids Foundation
Established in 1972, SickKids Foundation raises funds on behalf of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and is the largest charitable funder of child health research, learning and care in Canada. Philanthropy is a critical source of funding for SickKids – one of the world’s foremost paediatric health-care institutions. Thanks to the generosity of the community, and as a result of a record-breaking year in fundraising, SickKids Foundation generated an unprecedented $137 million for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016. For more information, please visit sickkidsfoundation.com.

Thanks to;
Dora Gu and Lynn Bessoudo for the invitation to this event.