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Canucks score ‘ugly’ win for kids 0

Sarah Rowland

By Sarah Rowland, 24 hours


If you are in the market for an “ugly” Christmas sweater, well, the Canucks have some doozies for you. The players rocked these knitted bad boys at the Vancouver Convention Centre as part of the 14th annual Dice & Ice benefit. That’s where the winning teammates pitched in to help raise money for the Canucks for Kids Fund.

In the foyer were Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Kevin Bieksa and Ryan Kesler posing for pics with fans in makeshift photo booths. Inside, meanwhile, the funny money casino was lined with games of chance — all manned by the players themselves, including hometown hero Mike Santorelli. And what a crowd they drew — the room was a veritable who’s who of Canucks alumni, VIPs and broadcasters.

After the reception, it was time for player introductions, a video presentation and a surprise rookie singalong led by Vancouver’s own songbird, Sarah McLachlan. They’re still tallying up the official numbers, but at this point it looks like the event raised more than $500,000 in net proceeds. As for those aforementioned sweaters, don’t worry if you missed the casino fundraising gala — you can still bid online for one of these holiday humdingers until Dec. 17 at 11:59 p.m. Each awesomely garish garment will be delivered to the winning bidders in time for Christmas, along with a pic of the player wearing his respective sweater. For more info, visit auction.nhl.com.


Horsing around

When it comes to throwing an opening night gala, the folks at Cavalia don’t mess around. Guests were treated to a lovely dinner and open bar in the Rendezvous VIP lounge before the first act of Odysseo, an absolutely stunning cirque-style horse show. Then, there was a dessert buffet waiting for us during intermission. Suffice to say, few journalists turned this invite down. In fact, the evening felt more like a really warm and inviting holiday party for almost every media outlet in the city. Nice! For more info and show times, visit cavalia.net/en.


Pageantry & patronage

The 2013 Miss Chinese Vancouver Pageant gala dinner kicked off with a dry reception at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Benefiting the Canadian Cancer Society, the guest list included 2012’s beauty queen finalists, who graced us with their presence in all their tiara glory. Overall, it was a fairly quiet, civilized affair.





Party On: Upcoming Vancouver events



  • Local musicians cover Rolling Stones songs Dec. 20 at the Electric Owl as part of the Keithmas IV — A Foodbank Fundrager. Doors at 8 p.m.
  • The 20th annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival is at Astorino’s Hall on Dec. 21 from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Kids welcome. Tickets are $10.
  • The black-tie Mistletoe Christmas is Dec. 20 at the Waterfall Building, and includes champagne and a reading of The Night Before Christmas.



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