Stars pack Rogers Arena for David Foster fundraiser gala
Steven Tyler with David Foster on the red carpet at the David Foster Foundation 30th Anniversary Miracle Gale and Concert, at Rogers Arena on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. (Jason Payne/POSTMEDIA)
Rogers Arena was packed with stars Saturday night when the David Foster Foundation hosted its 30th Anniversary Miracle Gala & Concert, raising a record-breaking $10.2 million.
Over the past three decades, Foster, a Victoria native and Grammy-winning music producer, has used the annual gala to raise money to support non-medical expenses of more than 1,100 families whose children are undergoing pediatric organ transplants, covering such costs as food, rent payments and flights.
On Sunday, the organization announced the event had raised a record-breaking $10.2 million.
The event drew entertainers, athletes and philanthropists from across North America, including Oprah Winfrey, Steven Tyler, Goldie Hawn, Dr. Phil McGraw and Jay Leno.
Foundation CEO Michael Ravenhill said the gala was a celebration of 30 years of passion and commitment from volunteers, board members and all those who helped along the way.
He acknowledged how some big names have helped the event thrive, too.
“Raising money is not easy and creating awareness is not easy, so with David, we’re pretty blessed because was a have a voice that can actually help,” he said.
Vancouver Canucks president Trevor Linden was pleased to have the event on the team’s home ice at Rogers Arena.
Linden called Foster a “local hero” for his work supporting families in their time of need, and spoke to the importance of becoming a registered organ donor for the sake of saving lives.
“I don’t know if there’s any greater gift (than) the opportunity to donate an organ,” he said. “I think it’s something we should all think about and think about registering.”