The 5th Annual GLITTER NIGHT OF ICONS, in support of SickKids@The Carlu -Saturday, April 16, 2018
By A.J.Lam & BK on the SCENE
More than $375,000 was raised during the fifth annual Glitter event held on Saturday, April 14, 2018 to benefit The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). This event took place at The Carlu and offered casino games, food from Toronto’s top chefs and entertainment from SickKids patient ambassadors, Emily Hui and Olivia Khieu. Over 400 attendees from the Chinese-Canadian community gathered for a memorable evening in support of the hospital.
A truly one-of-a-kind event in Toronto’s social scene, the volunteer Chinese Cabinet and Event Committee is led by SickKids Foundation Board members Justin Poy and Frank Luk.
Frank Luk has served on the Foundation Board of Directors since 2007 as the first Chinese member.
Emily and Olivia kicked-off the evening with great vocas and an amazing dance performances. Emily was born in Hong Kong with a cleft lip and palate and came to Toronto at age five, where she later 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. Olivia came to SickKids at five-days-old by ambulance for life-saving open-heart surgery. She is now a healthy five-year-old with a passion for dance.
Glitter supports a fundraising campaign that partners the Chinese-Canadian community with the redevelopment of operating suites at SickKids.
“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, over $4.1 million has been raised through events like Glitter and other initiatives in the last five years.”
Glitter co-chairs Benny Cheung and Albert Wang expressed their gratitude to guests and committee members during the event.
“As a working mom and dedicated philanthropist, SickKids is close to my heart. I am honoured to have attended and supported this event,” said Benny.
“I feel proud to have participated as Glitter co-chair and honoured to be the first representative from the mainland Chinese community to serve on the SickKids Board of Directors,” added Albert.
Sponsors included ‘Diamond’ sponsors: Great Mountain Ginseng, V Line Cosmetic Clinic, Fallsview Casino Resort, Palettera Custom Correspondents, and ‘Ruby’ sponsors: Cathay Pacific, Ivy Financial, Pantheon, RBC Wealth Management and The Justin Poy Agency.
Funds raised through this year’s event support the redevelopment of operating suites at SickKids. This support contributes to Project Horizon, a campus redevelopment plan that will allow SickKids to deliver high-quality specialized care by investing in new facilities and technology. Project Horizon provides the opportunity to build an inspired, re-imagined hospital of the future that will transform the experience of patients and their families, enable the delivery of state-of-the-art care and ensure sufficient service capacity. For kids in Canada, this means less pain and fewer complications and for surgeons from China, this means a place to learn and train that will improve outcomes back at home.
The Chinese community and SickKids share a common vision: to give children hope, afford them the best opportunities and help build a better future for all. 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.
Glitter Event Committee:
Founding Chair: Frank Luk
Co-Chairs: Justin Poy, Benny Cheung, Albert Wang
Members: Doris Chan, Anita Chen, Pauline Cheung, Emily Gao, Cherry Gu, Mabel Ho, Elton Lau, Larry Lau, Deborah Lau-Yu, Elly Li Dong, Althea Nguyen, Sue Tang, Closs Tong, Sylvia Tseng, Cynthia Wong, Jessie Wu, Sheila Yan, Hua Yu
Co-Chairs: Frank Luk and Justin Poy
Members: Doris Chan, Benny Cheung, Pauline Cheung, Susan Gong, Alan Kwong, Ben Leung, Richard So, Anita Un
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 $140 million for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017. For more information, please visit fundthefight.ca.
We would like to thank Lynn Bessoudo Of SickKids Foundation for the invitation to this event.