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By all accounts, last night’s Forum for Women Entrepreneurs Gala was an overwhelming success. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the FWE holds the annual Gala in order to help local female entrepreneurs grow their businesses. This year’s theme was sparkle.

Christina Anthony with Premier Christy Clark
[FWE Chair and Founder Christina Anthony with Premier Christy Clark]

The event featured BC’s Premier, the Honourable Christy Clark, who gave opening remarks, as well as Eira Thomas (aka Queen of Diamonds), founder of Stornoway Diamonds. I was again invited to both the event’s pre-dinner VIP and guest receptions.

FWE Sparkle Gala silent auction

FWE Sparkle Gala silent auction
[Justine Brooks earrings for silent auction table]

FWE Sparkle Gala silent auction

FWE Sparkle Gala silent auction

FWE Sparkle Gala silent auction

A wealth of BC businesses stepped up to the plate, donating items for the silent auction. The FWE recognizes both community leaders who contribute to the organization’s success as well as its support of female entrepreneurs.

Held again at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, all 450 tickets were sold in a year that marks the non-profit organization’s decade in existence.

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[Heather White (Cupcakes), Jen Adams, Wendy Anthony (Flamingo Row Fashions), Lori Joyce (Cupcakes)]

According to FWE Chair and Founder, Christina Anthony, “We couldn’t be more excited for this year’s Gala. Celebrating 10 years of helping women entrepreneurs, as well as the community leaders who have supported them, is significant. It’s quite an honour to acknowledge the many female entrepreneurs in Vancouver who have been through our programs and grown successful businesses as a result.”

“98% of business in BC is small business and 36% of businesses are owned by women.” Says Jill Earthy, FWE’s CEO. “Female entrepreneurs are a driving force in this economy and FWE brings the best and brightest together, to enhance connections, education and ultimately business growth.”

My friends at Facebox Media were also on hand to photograph guests at their on site photo booth. Always fun!

The faces behind Facebox Media
[The faces behind Facebox Media]

At Facebox Media booth

Here’s a look at the evening in photos. Additional FWE Sparkle Gala photos can be found here. Congratulations to the event team, board, and members of this vital organization on providing 10 years of support to local women entrepreneurs!

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[blo dry bar services on site]

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Matthew Greenwood
[Matthew Greenwood of SNAP Downtown Vancouver]

L: George Moen of Blenz Coffee
[L: George Moen of Blenz Coffee]

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[50/50 raffle ticket sellers]

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R: Lunapad's Madeleine Shaw
[R: Lunapad’s Madeleine Shaw]

FWE Sparkle Gala gift bags
[FWE Gala’s Caya gift bags were filled with great goodies and services.]


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  • Comment by CarrotLines App — February 21, 2012 @ 11:48 pm

    Great shots!

  • Comment by The Fairmont Waterfront — February 22, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

    Beautiful images from a beautiful event!

  • Comment by Justine — February 23, 2012 @ 2:37 pm

    Beautiful shots. Thanks for featuring our JB Rocks pearl earrings!

  • Comment by arianec — February 23, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

    Thanks, everyone! @Justine, wish I’d have put in a bid on those earrings; am regretting that decision every time I look at the earrings! Will you have them again at the upcoming EPIC show?

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