by Martin van den Hemel - Richmond Review
posted Oct 22, 2013 at 4:00 PM
On Friday, singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk took the time to meet, chat and pose for photos with patients at Richmond Hospital’s cancer clinic, putting smiles on their faces as they were hooked up to medical machines, undergoing treatment.
“Take care, Louie...Beat it, beat it,” she said to one patient and his son, referring to their battle with cancer.
Then on Saturday night, she helped the Richmond Hospital Foundation raise a record $460,000 to help change the lives of patients in Richmond during the 15th annual Starlight Gala.
“To know that so many people in our community stand behind our health care professionals to support their work is truly inspiring,” said foundation president Natalie Meixner. “The funds we raised tonight will make a real difference for patients and their families.”
The sold-out gala was attended by 470 people and featured live entertainment from Kreviazuk, as well as performances by the Richmond Orchestra.
For their community leadership efforts and continuous commitment to giving back to Richmond’s health care system, developer Paramjit Sandhu and his family were honoured during the gala with the Richmond Hospital Foundation Leadership Award.
Gala fundraising included an effort to buy a new C-Arm, a diagnostic tool used in the operating room to help surgeons see clearly the areas they are operating on.
“The new C-Arm will deliver crisp, clear images with less radiation for patients and hospital staff,” said Dr. Gordon Houston, vascular surgeon at Richmond Hospital. “This modern technology will enhance our ability to perform complex minimally invasive surgeries.”
The Starlight Gala has raised more than $3 million since 1999.