CARING PRIDE PARTY
Breathtaking views, fine wines, tasty morsels, a compassionate cause and charming company — all the elements of a winning party recently staged at The Loden Hotel.
It was the Pride Cocktail Party, an annual coming together of socially minded business and community leaders to raise money for the Dr. Peter Centre.
After successfully orchestrating Vanhattan’s first CANFAR Gala benefiting AIDS research, young philanthropists Kevin Mazzone and Ryan McKinley, joined by realtor Gary Serra, reprised their chair roles to front the yearly fundraiser, a leading date on the Pride social calendar.
Held at the boutique hotel’s penthouse suite, attendees partied with a purpose, enjoying the views and food and drink while supporting innovative health care at the Dr. Peter Centre located in Vancouver’s West End.
Tempting items in a silent auction and raffle orchestrated by a gaggle of shirtless men helped raise even more money for the Centre, dedicated to caring for HIV–positive British Columbians who are at risk of poverty, homelessness, mental illness, addiction or social isolation. Before sunset McKinley, a mortgage specialist, reported nearly $50,000 was collected.
Executive director Maxine Davis, and Shirley Jepson-Young, Dr. Peter’s mom, were on hand to thank le beau monde that convened to imbibe and celebrate the work of the Dr. Peter Centre.
Among the services the facility provides: a day health program, a 24-hour specialized nursing care residence, and a supportive housing program. Since its inception, the summer soirée with generous support from the Loden Hotel and the Lazy Gourmet has raised more than $175,000 for the registered charity.
STYLISH HORSE PLAY
Polo was played in Vancouver as early as 1913 with the establishment of the Vancouver Polo Club. During the 1950s and 1960s matches were held every Sunday afternoon to help raise money for the maintenance of the field.
In 1957, the pitch became part of the Southlands Riding Club. Today, the annual Pacific Polo Cup tourney and fundraiser — played on the same grass — is an opportunity for Vancouverites to be part of the sport’s storied past, style and glamour.
The Southlands Riding Club, a non-profit society that serves roughly 400 riding and non-riding members of all ages and interests, once again played host to the fourth staging of the charity event created to further the interest and profile of the sport and riding club.
Under sunny skies, attendees young and old repurposed their Deighton Cup ensembles from the week before — fascinators, fedoras and their sartorial weekend best — to attend the summer’s most stylish event.
Fronted by tourney chair Benson Hurlbutt and Pacific Polo Cup president Nadia Iadisernia and presented by Nicola Wealth Management, hundreds of the city’s well-to-do, most generous and influential took in the sport of kings while supporting programs that allow children and adults with disabilities the opportunity to experience the joy of riding.
Imbibing in the finest food and endless bubbly — generously supplied by Veuve Clicquot — revellers viewed the contested matches, which concluded with Nicola Wealth Management edging Team Amacon 7-6 in an exciting final.
While few knew the rules of play, it did not matter. Guests — the largest crowd to date — enjoyed the galloping ponies as well as the fashion parade and see-and-be-seen style stakes happening on the sidelines and during the customary halftime divot stomp.
Among those turning heads were the city’s top party makers Joy Jennissen, Stephanie Hungerford and Diana Zoppa, and Deighton Cup merrymakers Kate MacDougall and Dax Droski.
Southlands Riding Club has been providing a home for equestrian sport and recreation since 1943. The club also serves as the home of the Vancouver Pony Club, Pacific Riding for Developmental Abilities and the Vancouver Equine Rescue Society.
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