Vancouver cops scare the crime out of kids 0
The boys in blue were out in full force at the Vancouver Convention Centre on Thursday.
The sold-out gala was a fundraiser for Odd Squad Productions, a non-profit society that takes a preventive approach to fighting crime by showing youth the grim realities of drug addiction and gang violence through documentary films and interactive educational programs.
So instead of teaching through preaching, volunteer cops gave kids a no-holds-barred, unfiltered look at some of the more tragic cautionary tales they come across in the line of duty.
Before VIP guest speakers took to the stage and the sit-down dinner was served, Vancouver's finest mingled around the Centre's ballroom, enjoying the Coal Harbour view as well as the complimentary drinks.
Among some of the notable guests were legendary blues musician Jim Byrnes, Winnipeg Jet Evander Kane and the Mayor himself, who made a short, but sweet, thank-you speech to OSP for all its hard work.
Entertainment was provided by the appropriately titled Odds, an indie power-pop band, who some may remember as the Dawn Patrol - a Roxy Nightclub cover band in the '80s. "Ballroom Blitz" anyone?
Makeup artist and Karmaface Cosmetics CEO, Brandi Leifso, knows firsthand the importance of helping out a sister in need. That's why she's donating one dollar to YWCA Canada from every Karmaface product she sells. To launch this line of ethical, luxury makeup, Leifso enlisted Justin Voitic from FIVE Agency to throw a fundraising party at the Shangri-la Hotel. Good call. The place was packed with fashionistas and local TV personalities.
As for the fashion show, it wasn't your average catwalk spectacle. Models rocked their favourite white outfits from home. And instead of giving attitude on the runway, they held up signs with words of inspiration about the importance of instilling hope in all those who need it.