Cat's Eye: KidSport Dinner in the Park gala fundraiser
Last week, I had the honour of returning from Europe aboard the same flight as our Canadian Paralympians fresh from their London 2012 experience. Little did I know that later that same week I would have the chance to dine with them and their Olympic compatriots at the first KidSport Dinner in the Park gala fundraiser. Gold, silver and bronze medals were everywhere as guests got a chance to mingle with our country’s athletes as they shared their stories from the Games. With the belief that “no kid should be left on the sidelines,” this KidSport charitable event also included an elegant and delicious four-course meal prepared by the Sequoia Company of Restaurants’ expert chefs. A silent auction, live auction and live entertainment helped round out an inspiring night of giving that will go a long way to ensuring “All Kids Can Play.” For more info, visit: kidsportcanada.ca
1) Olympic wrestler Carol Huynh netted Canada’s first gold medal at the 2008 Games in Beijing. This year, it was a dazzling bronze medal in London 2012 which she proudly shows off with KidSport’s dynamic leading duo – brothers Brent and David Nichols. 2) Dripping in medals from both Beijing and London, gold medal wheelchair sprinter and former Paralympic basketball champ Michelle Stilwell is the only female Paralympic athlete to have ever won gold in two separate summer sport events. 3) BC Lions 2011 Grey Cup champ Paul McCallum sits atop his custom painted team motorcycle which he hopes will net a grand sum when he puts it up for auction later this year for KidSport. 4) Providing the yummiest part of the night, Sequoia Company of Restaurants chefs dished up the goods. From left: Seasons in the Park’s Dennis Peckham, Teahouse’s Annabelle Leslie, Cardero’s Jason Kleinfeld and Sandbar’s William Tse. 5) Rebecca Khoury, left, president of Karate Canada joins West Vancouver’s favourite Olympian Charmaine Crooks to support this great organization. 6) Pretty PR gals Axelle D’Anglemont, left, and Nessa van Bergen ensure all the athletes are properly introduced to guests as they arrive. 7) It was a super silver on what the press dubbed “Super Saturday” at London 2012 when swimmer Ryan Cochrane touched the wall to win in the gruelling 1,500m freestyle.