A Night of Miracles Gala - New South-Asian gala to support BC Children's

VANCOUVER, Sept. 30 /CNW/ - BC's South Asian community and BC Children's Hospital Foundation will hold the inaugural A Night of Miracles gala October 24, 2009 at the Marriott Pinnacle Hotel Downtown. The gala is the South Asian community's first black-tie charity event.

"BC's South Asian community has supported BC Children's Hospital for many years," said Robin Dhir, event chair. "We're always looking for new ways to build on our support and to further engage members of the community in this cause. We expect this to become a don't-miss annual event in our community."

More than 300 community and business leaders are expected to attend and raise funds to help purchase an urgently needed heart-lung machine at BC Children's Hospital. The machine supports children who are experiencing cardiac or respiratory failure.

The event, emceed by Global National's Robin Gill, will provide an exclusive venue for guests to celebrate South Asian culture and acknowledge the community's tremendous support for child health. Guests will be treated to an evening filled with Starlit Radiance - the theme of this year's event.

The event cabinet comprises well-known members in BC's South Asian community, including event chair Robin Dhir, Atish Ram, Betty Hayer, Joti Samra, Kagial Hayer, Mandy Ram, Rupi Samra-Gynane, Rupeela Gill, Shawn Goyal and Vik Khanna. The event's advisory council members are Belle Puri, Dr. D. P. Goel, Herb Dhaliwal, Jack Uppal, Lucky Janda, Naeem (Nick) Noorani, Praveen Varshney, Ratana Stephens and Shushma Datt.

About BC Children's Hospital

BC Children's Hospital is the province's only full-service acute care hospital and serves the one million children living in BC and the Yukon. All children who are seriously ill or injured are referred to Children's Hospital and are either treated at the hospital facility in Vancouver or, with consultation from Children's specialists, in their home community. Last year, more than 72,000 children were treated at Children's Hospital. BC Children's Hospital Foundation received donations from more than 120,000 people last year and had revenues of over $61.3 million. Funds raised by the foundation are used to support BC Children's Hospital, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children and the Child & Family Research Institute.

More information on this event and on members of the event cabinet is available at www.anightofmiracles.ca.

SOURCE BC Children's Hospital Foundation

For further information: For further information: Aaron Sanderson, Philanthropy Coordinator, BC Children's Hospital Foundation, Phone: (604) 875-2511, Email: asanderson@bcchf.ca

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