Anti-bullying programs get boost from Pink Shirt Day Ladies Luncheon
Imagine a Bubble Yum bomb blasting through one of Yaletown’s most prestigious restaurants and you get a pretty good idea of what the Blue Water Cafe looked like on Friday afternoon. That’s where Coast Capital Savings and the CKNW Orphans’ Fund hosted the third annual Pink Shirt Day Ladies Luncheon. And true to dress code requirements, this anti-bullying fundraiser was a veritable sea of blushing pastels, Barbie neons and fired-up fuchsias.
With Shaw TV’s Fiona Forbes and CFOX’s Karen K doing the MC duties, this candied feast for the eyes kicked off with a mini-mingler, in which partygoers were treated to sparkling rose and Pink Lady cocktails. Then this packed room of mighty rose-tinted guests — which, if I’m not mistaken included every woman in B.C. broadcasting — sat down for an amazing lunch prepared by executive chef Frank Pabst and his team (a.k.a. the “Masters of the Arctic Char”). Aside from having a fab time, the purpose of this festive function was to raise money for anti-bullying programs, as well as promote the official Pink Shirt Day – which is on Feb. 26. So mark your calendars and if you don’t have your pink T yet and would like to help give anti-bullying programs in your community a boost, visit pinkshirtday.ca for more info.
Some of the top bartenders in the city brought their A-game to the Calvados Cocktail Competition at Uva Wine Bar last week. Their challenge was to make an original drink with the title sponsor’s apple-based brandy from northern France. Ticketholders grazed on hot appies in the cozy bar, as they sampled each contestant’s boozy concoction. While it was a tight race, there could only be one winner and that was Sean McGuigan from Clough Club for what he calls The Augeron. So congrats to him!
The Talking Stick Festival, which runs until March 2, launched with the Wax hoks en Shqulawin (Open Your Hearts) gala opening at Roundhouse Community Centre. Attendees were entertained with an eclectic mix of music, dance and poetry — and that’s just the tip of the iceberg for this aboriginal arts and culture festival. There’s plenty more to check out. For a complete list of upcoming events, visit fullcircle.ca.
Party On: Events in and around Vancouver
- The Vancouver Police Foundation Night Patrol Gala is on Feb 25 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Vist vancouverpolicefoundation.org.
- Vancouver International Wine Festival, which benefits Bard on the Beach, runs Feb. 24-March 2. For more info, visit playhousewinefest.com.
- Little Mountain Gallery presents the “Ring-A-Ding-Dong-Dandy” wrestling/comedy show on Feb. 25. Info: littlemountaingallery.com.