David Foster Gala Raises $10.2M

David Foster Gala Raises $10.2M

Grammy Award winner and philanthropist David Foster thanked gala attendees and concert ticket holders for attending the 30th Anniversary David Foster Foundation Miracle Gala & Concert at Rogers Arena and helping to raise a record-breaking $10.2 million to help Canadian families.

David Foster Gala, Parq, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, BC, Charity Event, Helen Siwak, Oprah Winfrey, David Foster, Steven Tyler, Dr. Phil, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jim Pattison, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, Helen Siwak

Since its inception, the David Foster Foundation has worked to support the non-medical expenses of close to 1,100 families across Canada during their transplant journey; the Foundation’s financial commitment to families’ averages to $10,000. Financial support of non-medical expenses ranges from mortgage, rent, and car payments to airline tickets, groceries, parking, and gas. Often, families have to travel away from home and set up temporary housing close to one of the pediatric transplant hospitals in Canada.

David Foster Gala, Parq, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, BC, Charity Event, Helen Siwak, Oprah Winfrey, David Foster, Steven Tyler, Dr. Phil, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jim Pattison, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, Helen Siwak
The ‘Purple Carpet’ was packed with paparazzi! | Image by Helen Siwak

The evening began with the star-studded arrival of guests, VIPs, and celebrities along the purple carpet (the Foundation’s preferred colour) at Rogers Arena. The star-studded evening was seamlessly emceed by HLN’s Michaela Pereira and CTV’s Ben Mulroney. The more than 850 gala guests and 9,000 concert attendees were treated to performances by Grammy Award-winners David Fosterand Steven Tyler; Jay Leno; The Tenors; Carly Rae Jepsen; Matteo Bocelli;and Laura Bretan. Surprise guest Reba McEntire joined Foster on stage for an upbeat country jam prior to Steven Tyler who closed out the show.

David Foster Gala, Parq, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, BC, Charity Event, Helen Siwak, Oprah Winfrey, David Foster, Steven Tyler, Dr. Phil, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jim Pattison, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, Helen Siwak
Dr Phil & Robin McGraw with David Foster & Katharine McPhee | Image by Helen Siwak
David Foster Gala, Parq, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, BC, Charity Event, Helen Siwak, Oprah Winfrey, David Foster, Steven Tyler, Dr. Phil, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jim Pattison, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, Helen Siwak
Oprah Winfrey & David Foster | Image by Helen Siwak
David Foster Gala, Parq, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, BC, Charity Event, Helen Siwak, Oprah Winfrey, David Foster, Steven Tyler, Dr. Phil, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jim Pattison, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, Helen Siwak
Michaela Pereira & Canada’s finest | Image by Helen Siwak
David Foster Gala, Parq, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, BC, Charity Event, Helen Siwak, Oprah Winfrey, David Foster, Steven Tyler, Dr. Phil, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jim Pattison, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, Helen Siwak
Steven Tyler shares a little PDA with date | Image by Helen Siwak
David Foster Gala, Parq, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, BC, Charity Event, Helen Siwak, Oprah Winfrey, David Foster, Steven Tyler, Dr. Phil, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jim Pattison, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, Helen Siwak
Steffi Graf & Andre Agassi, Ben & Jessica Mulroney | Image by Helen Siwak
David Foster Gala, Parq, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, BC, Charity Event, Helen Siwak, Oprah Winfrey, David Foster, Steven Tyler, Dr. Phil, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jim Pattison, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, Helen Siwak
Mike Ravenhill & Wife, Rick Hansen & Wife | Image by Helen Siwak
David Foster Gala, Parq, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, BC, Charity Event, Helen Siwak, Oprah Winfrey, David Foster, Steven Tyler, Dr. Phil, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jim Pattison, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, Helen Siwak
Geoff Courtnall & Wife, Trevor Linden & Guest | Image by Helen Siwak
David Foster Gala, Parq, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, BC, Charity Event, Helen Siwak, Oprah Winfrey, David Foster, Steven Tyler, Dr. Phil, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jim Pattison, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, Helen Siwak
Jay Leno | Dominique Hanke, Bo Derek | Image by Helen Siwak
David Foster Gala, Parq, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, BC, Charity Event, Helen Siwak, Oprah Winfrey, David Foster, Steven Tyler, Dr. Phil, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jim Pattison, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, Helen Siwak
Terry David Mulligan, Matteo Bocelli | Image by Helen Siwak

Attendees and friends of the Foundation, Jim Pattison and Jim & Sandi Treliving, supported the evening’s cause by donating $1 million to the fundraising goal of the evening. Dozens of attendees showed their support during the evening’s ‘sponsor a family’ fundraising pledge drive, with many joining Oprah, Steven Tyler, and Dr. Phil by supporting ten families for one year, or a $100,000 commitment.

David Foster Gala, Parq, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, BC, Charity Event, Helen Siwak, Oprah Winfrey, David Foster, Steven Tyler, Dr. Phil, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jim Pattison, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, Helen Siwak
Carly Rae Jepsen | Image by Helen Siwak

As part of the gala, Jim Pattison and Walter Schneider were honoured as the recipients of the David Foster Foundation Visionary Awards, which recognize individuals making extraordinary contributions to local, regional, and national humanitarian efforts. These awards are presented annually at the David Foster Foundation Miracle Gala & Concert.

David Foster Gala, Parq, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, BC, Charity Event, Helen Siwak, Oprah Winfrey, David Foster, Steven Tyler, Dr. Phil, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jim Pattison, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, Helen Siwak
Oprah Winfrew, Jim Pattison, David Foster | Image by Suzanne Teresa
David Foster Gala, Parq, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, BC, Charity Event, Helen Siwak, Oprah Winfrey, David Foster, Steven Tyler, Dr. Phil, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jim Pattison, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, Helen Siwak
Brian & Mila Mulroney | Image by Suzanne Teresa
David Foster Gala, Parq, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, BC, Charity Event, Helen Siwak, Oprah Winfrey, David Foster, Steven Tyler, Dr. Phil, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jim Pattison, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, Helen Siwak
Jim & Sandi Treliving | Image by Suzanne Teresa
David Foster Gala, Parq, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, BC, Charity Event, Helen Siwak, Oprah Winfrey, David Foster, Steven Tyler, Dr. Phil, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jim Pattison, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, Helen Siwak
Reba McEntire, Melissa Peterman and friends | Image by Suzanne Teresa
David Foster Gala, Parq, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, BC, Charity Event, Helen Siwak, Oprah Winfrey, David Foster, Steven Tyler, Dr. Phil, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jim Pattison, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, Helen Siwak
The evenings total! | Image by Suzanne Teresa
David Foster Gala, Parq, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, BC, Charity Event, Helen Siwak, Oprah Winfrey, David Foster, Steven Tyler, Dr. Phil, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jim Pattison, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, Helen Siwak
Finale! | Image by Suzanne Teresa

 



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