October is here and Fall is in full swing with Thanksgiving around the corner this weekend! The Annual Harvest Festival here in Ladner celebrated its second year running a few weeks ago after 2013's successful first year. The Delta Firefighter's Charitable Society held its fundraiser at Greystone Stables, inviting the community to celebrate the harvest season while raising money for local charities and organizations in need
I had only heard about last year's Festival and was so excited when I was hired on to capture the evening's festivities. Guests signed in at the front and were greeted by handsome firefighter's serving appetizers. There were many ways of helping to raise money including a 50/50 draw, a Silent Auction, a mini Casino and mechanical bull!
Gigglebooth's hilarious photo booth provided additional entertainment
It's confirmed. Next year when i am no longer pregnant, I will be giving this bull a ride!
The Joe Fernandes band played country tunes all night while guests danced
Down at Delta's golf course Kings Links by the Sea, legendary snowboarder Devun Walsh hosted The 3rd Annual Devun Walsh Charity Classic Golf Tournament. With help from The KNOWSHOW, DC Shoes and The Source along with generous support from brand partners, local business associates and friends, the event was a success! Over $10,000 was raised for Canuck Place Children's Hospice.
Each participant registers for a full day that includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, lunch, dinner, refreshments, prizing and a shuttle to and from downtown Vancouver.
The Silent auction included amazing swag, everything from craft beers and wines to skateboarding and snowboarding gear, travel and camping gear, apparel, fine dining for two, a pretty stellar piece of art: a portrait of everyone's favourite actor, Bill Murray, and much more!
Many of the 90+ attendees participated in the Glass Breaking contest on the Driving Range
The guys took a break from their hard work for some beers and BBQ burgers.
Thank you to the boys at El Furniture Warehouse for the best burger this pregnant body has had all summer!
20 Teams grabbed their carts and headed off to their starting hole
Devun Walsh and his team
The KNOWSHOW's bearded Perry Pugh with his team
The energy was fantastic. I was mistaken for thinking golf was boring, these guys were having a riot and all in the name of giving back generously!
The Registration Tent was rearranged for dinner and what event wouldn't be complete without some lovely flowers from the girls at Our Little Flower Company from right here in Delta!
Everyone piled their plates and sat down to enjoy the evening's festivities.
I can't think of a better way to wind down summer than with a bunch of dudes raising money for a good cause… and having an absolute blast!
For more information on the Devun Walsh Charity Classic, please contact Perry Pugh at firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy International Women's Day!
Project Bloom started here in Delta in 2009, set in motion by two local ladies, Kathie Madden and Chrissie Bowker. In celebration of International Women's Day, they wanted to host an event that would help other business-women in the area to network and find support within their community. Their first Project Bloom was a success! In addition to building connections, a sense of camaraderie and, ultimately, friendships between like-minded women, the swell of positive energy helped evolve Project Bloom into a Fundraising Event! The proceeds go towards local issues and necessities, this year's recipient being The Delta Hospital Foundation.
Yesterday's Project Bloom took place at Harris Barn in Ladner. I have driven passed the beautifully restored barn on a weekly basis since its completion last May, always imagining the warmth and openness of its interior. 3 Days ago, one of my dearest friends, Emily, texted me, asking if I could get a sitter to join her at Project Bloom on the Friday. I had just finished reading the article in the paper earlier that day and I was in! My mom took the kids overnight on Thursday, leaving me free to enjoy this amazing event for the entire day! This was our very first CHILD-FREE date together and what better way to spend it than being surrounded by other amazing business women, listening to the inspiring stories of successful ladies, and enjoying uninterrupted coffee, tea, wine, and lunch!
This year's guest speakers were corporate entertainer and impersonator Tracey Bell and 23 year old singer Ali Milner. Both ladies were interviewed by Keri Adams, journalist and co-anchor from CTV News Vancouver.
Now that you have a little background on this fantastic event, please enjoy some of the highlights of the 6th Annual Project Bloom!
Bloom. Thank you to all the amazing people that helped to make this day happen. One of the things I will be taking away is the importance of women supporting one another and working together rather than being each other's worst enemies as we often have the potential to be. This truly inspirational event could not have been a continued success otherwise! I am looking forward to the relationships that will have come from this event and can hardly wait to attend next year's Project Bloom!
Cheers and good luck to all in 2014.
To my dearest gal, Emily, thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of this amazing day. I can safely say I made a good choice when I picked up your husband, Mike, at the park and gave him my number for playdates. Who would have known that we would become the friends we are today! You have been a source of kindness, support, and delicious food and I look forward to being part of your growth and and future success! Thank you for everything.
It was a nasty and windy downpour of a Sunday in Vancouver, but inside Main Street's Heritage Hall, a special group of women were gathered around tables, dry, cozy, warm and enjoying hot tea and mini sandwiches. Spinal Cord Injury BC held their Annual Women's Tea where women of all ages and wakes of life that live with spinal cord injuries or complications were pampered and served for an entire afternoon. This year's theme was Hollywood/Oscars and the women of SCI BC did a fantastic job with their props, decor and their slideshow of old school Oscar Winning movies!
Lovely teas provided by local Bayswater Tea Co.
Relaxing Massages by Marisa + Ren
Make-Up and Hairstyling courtesy of Students and Graduates of Blanche MacDonald
Two musicians graced us with their talent. Kristina Shelden performed for the first time since her spinal cord injury which affected her ability to play.
Sylvi MacCormac, has been performing and composing soundscapes since diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in her early 20's. Many of her compositions have been published in the Canadaian Music Centre and Canadian Electroacoustic Community and she is the creator of WHEELS Soundscapes: Voice of People with Dis Abilities at the Vancouver Adapted Music Society.
The amazing ladies of SCI BC
A few goodies from the photo booth!
As you can see, a great time was had by all! I love being part of this event. It is so uplifting to be surrounded by women who struggle on a day to day basis with the fluid mobility that many of us take for granted, to be in awe of their strength, humbled by their vulnerability and melted by their joyful smiles. It was lovely to see so many familiar faces and know that this tight knit community has great support both from and thanks to SCI BC.