Thank you Vancouver! RARE FINDS 2012, a feast for the senses, was a smashing success with delightful rare creations by our wonderful chefs, a great venue and a fun cocktail party gala. We are so thankful to all who gave of their time and talents to raise over $115K and especially to all of our guests who made this 3rd annual event so special.
This year’s RARE FINDS, signature fundraising event, was a Feast for the Senses! The third annual event was held at the Ferrari Maserati of Vancouver Showroom on Saturday, April 21st and sold out to welcome 250 guests and sponsors! Ten celebrated Executive and Pastry Chefs from Vancouver and environs competed to please and tease the palates of our guests, while cooking for them “in the round”.
The Top Chef Award went to Pastry Chef, Stephanie Greenslade from the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel for her pyrotechnics and oh so tasty Honey Caramel Torched Smores and special runner up went to Executive Sous Chef, Louis Simard from the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver for his Pulled Yak Mini Taco – Organic Tibetan Yak Raised in Merritt, BC, Braised in Chocolate Porter.
Rare diseases affect our most vulnerable population – our children. Nearly one third of children with a rare disease won’t live to celebrate their 10th birthday; the Rare Disease Foundation wants to change this. We bring together parents, doctors, researchers and volunteers who are united in their desire to transform care for children with rare diseases. No other health care or research agency in Canada currently focuses on improving the lives of children with rare and undiagnosed conditions.
All proceeds from the event will directly benefit the Rare Disease Foundation, allowing us to foster vital rare disease research at BC Children’s Hospital and beyond, expand our parent support groups and raise awareness. Our inaugural 2010 event raised $57,000 and our 2011 event raised over $75,000. This year our goal was to welcome 200 guests and raise $100,000!
Rare Finds was able to surpass its target to raise over $115,000 this year! Most of these funds will be distributed within three weeks of the event to awardees in our current microgrant competition and immediately begin giving hope and help to children suffering with rare diseases.
Thank you to all of the sponsors, volunteers, supporters and guests who helped to make this year’s event such a success!
For photos from this great event please go to http://www.ctsquared.com/devdir/rarefinds2012/