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Vancouver firefighters heat up the Looking Glass Foundation’s 10th annual benefit gala

Sarah Rowland

By Sarah Rowland, 24 hours


Lamb chops. Chicken satay. Men in uniform. Yep, there were plenty of savoury delights at the Looking Glass Foundation’s 10th annual benefit gala last weekend at the Rocky Mountaineer Station. No wonder the mood was so celebratory throughout cocktail hour, as guests filed into the beautifully decorated railway hub. But they weren’t just there to indulge their senses — they were there to help support LGF, a Vancouver-based charitable organization dedicated to treating and raising awareness for eating disorders.

After the champagne reception, the relatively posh crowd was ushered into the main dining area for an elegant sit-down dinner, several guest speakers and a live auction that included some seriously hot packages — most notably, perhaps, was an eight-person dinner party to be prepared in the comfort of the highest bidder’s home by some generous Vancouver firefighters.

For more info on the amazing work that LGF does, visit lookingglassbc.com.

Grape and goodwill

There was something for every palate at this year’s Taste the World – a fundraising event benefitting the Angkor Hospital for Children in Siem Reap, Cambodia, and the Medical Action Myanmar health-care clinics in rural Yangon, Myanmar. With sample booths representing wine regions from near and far, the Four Seasons Hotel ballroom was transformed into a wine connoisseur's paradise. In addition to sipping and swirling to their hearts’ content, guests were encouraged to bid on silent and live auction items, including a beautiful painting donated by local artist Athena Bax. For more info on Taste the World’s beneficiaries, visit ttwvan.com.

Art therapy

Leave it to the cutting-edge Gallery Gachet to host a refreshingly grassroots art opening – no high-brow, invite-only attitude here! The artist-run centre celebrated Evan Sabourin’s 365 Days exhibition in true Downtown Eastside fashion – complete with dedicated anti-gentrification activists. The gritty exhibit is a first-hand chronicle of Sabourin's recovery from addiction. For more info on the show, which runs until March 2, visit gachet.org.

Party On

The best of local chefs and winemakers is at Vancouver Magazine’s Big Night on Feb. 7 at Jewel Ballroom. Tix: $99. Info: vanmag.com/BigNight.

Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival starts with a screening of several shorts Feb. 7 at the Centennial Theatre. Info: vimff.org.

Rendez-Vous French Film Festival opens with a screening of La Maison du Pêcheur on Feb. 7. Info: rendez-vousvancouver.com

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