Rare Finds Gala, Vancouver

Rare Finds is an annual fundraising cocktail party to benefit the Rare Disease Foundation. This year, the gala benefit returns for the seventh time, to be held at Sheraton Wall Centre’s Pavilion Ballroom.

Rare Finds Gala, Vancouver

A rare disease is classified as a condition affecting fewer than 1 in 2,000 people. There are over 7,000 diagnosed rare diseases, many more are undiagnosed. About 1 in 12 people (nearly three million Canadians) have a rare disease; half are manifested in childhood with a third of those children not living to their fifth birthday.

Most known rare disorders are severe and chronic; many are considered degenerative and life threatening. Rare diseases are poorly categorized — many conditions remain unnamed. Those without a specific diagnosis may be denied access to necessary medical support services.

Rare Finds Gala, Vancouver

The Rare Disease Foundation is committed to growing and developing a community that provides a new approach for rare disease research and care. The organization provides funding to inspired clinicians and scientists for their patient-focused projects.

All proceeds are distributed within three weeks of the event for immediate impact. This annual event helps support both research and parent support groups coast to coast. Help transform the world of rare disease care by attending one of Vancouver’s most delicious events of the year.

Rare Finds Gala, Vancouver

The popular event includes both a silent and live auction (featuring many rare items), delicious bites and live entertainment. The lovely Coleen Christie from CTV News returns as event emcee. I’m once again proud to serve as the event’s social media sponsor.

Coleen Christie
[L: Coleen Christie]

Featured Chefs

David Jorge | S+L Kitchen & Bar, Winner of MasterChef Canada, Season 2
Starri Chow | Sheraton Wall Centre
Alessandro Vianello | Fairmont Waterfront
Adam Pegg | La Quercia
Faizal Kassam | Cibo Trattoria
Dan Olson | Railtown Catering
Karen McAthy | Vegetarian chef
Eleanor Chow Waterfall | Cadeaux Bakery
Steve Fecho | Match
Max Stack | Fable Kitchen
Jon McCartney | Personas Tapas Restaurant & Lounge
Jaroslaw Faryna | Copper Chimney
Greg Hook | Chocolate Arts
Mark Pennington | Cacao Barry

Rare Finds Gala, Vancouver

Craft Breweries

Steamworks Brewing Company
Bomber Brewing
Driftwood Brewery


Jacob Sweetapple | Absolut Brand Ambassador, Canada
Amber Bruce | The Keefer Bar
Julia Diakow | Tacofino
Eric Scot | Sheraton Wall Centre

Rare Finds Gala, Vancouver

More restaurants, craft brewers, and mixologists will be added closer to event date.

Rare Finds Gala, Vancouver

Rare Finds 2016 – A Feast for the Senses

Date: Saturday, April 23, 7 pm to 11 pm
Dress: Cocktail/Smart Business
Venue: Sheraton Wall Centre, Pavilion Ball Room, 1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $150, VIP $200; available online
Note: No paper tickets will be issued. Ticket purchases will be recorded on the event guest list; PayPal will provide a receipt after purchase.

In addition to the regular ticket admission with drinks, food and entertainment, VIP tickets include valet parking, chef meet-and-greet and photo op from 6 to 7 pm.

Photos by Josh Bowie Photography.

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