Surrey Hospital Foundation officials and others at the 2020 Celebration of Care Gala, held Saturday (Feb. 22) at Aria Banquet Centre in Surrey. (submitted photo)


PHOTOS: Sold-out Surrey party raises $1.35M in ‘Celebration of Care’ at hospital

Hollywood-style event attracted close to 700 people to Aria Convention Centre

Nearly 700 people filled a Surrey banquet hall Saturday night (Feb. 22) for the fifth-annual Celebration of Care Gala in support of Surrey Hospital Foundation.

The sold-out party raised more than $1.35M for equipment purchases for the region’s largest and busiest surgical centre, at Surrey Memorial Hospital.

The Hollywood-style gala, held at Aria Convention Centre, featured emcees Keri Adams and Jason Pires, party band Dr. Strangelove, DJs Chloe and Pri, auctioneer Fred Lee, “red carpet correspondent” Nira Arora and dinner served by Peake of Catering. Tables of eight were priced at $3,000.

(Story continues below)

• RELATED STORY, from Dec. 2019: 600-plus expected at ‘Celebration of Care’ gala in Surrey.

The money raised will help renovate 10 operating rooms at Surrey Memorial Hospital, “helping to attract and retain top surgical talent,” according to event organizers. In 2018, the facility performed 21,240 surgeries, including more than 1,200 on children.

Jane Adams, president and CEO of Surrey Hospital Foundation, called the gala “a great success. In the past five years our gala guests have raised over $10 million for Surrey Memorial Hospital,” Adams said in a news release. “This year’s gala was about excellence. It was about supporting the excellent surgeons we have in Surrey, and attracting more. In the race for exceptional medical talent, Surrey must win. Our residents deserve the very best.”

This year’s gala committee was led by chair Sonia Virk, of Virk Viyas and Associate Lawyers, and supported by 40-plus sponsors, including Berezan Group and EllisDon as presenting sponsors. Details are posted to

Meantime, a two-weekend Winter Festival at Guildford Town Centre raised nearly $7,000 for Surrey Memorial Hospital’s Children’s Health Centre, from Feb. 7 to 17. In total, 8,787 people visited the mall’s inaugural festival, which included an outdoor rink and $5 skate rentals, with proceeds going to the Surrey Hospital Foundation’s funding raising campaign for the children’s centre.

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram and follow Tom on Twitter


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Former Surrey Eagle home from ‘quiet, empty’ Italy after hockey season cancelled

Delta-born Anthony Bardaro has spent last three seasons playing professionally in Europe

White Rock Tritons stay sharp despite uncertain future of BC Premier Baseball League season

Semiahmoo Peninsula squad recently returned from truncated trip to Arizona

GREEN SPACE: COVID-19 crisis has shown that people are capable of change

Now is the perfect time to create more sustainable habits

Social media a blessing and a curse during time of crisis: B.C. communication expert

‘In moments of crisis, fear is very real and palpable,’ says SFU’s Peter Chow-White

OBITUARY: Sherrold Haddad brought giant Canadian flag to Surrey car dealership, built community

‘An amazing man, business person and community leader,’ friend Bruce Hayne posted to Facebook

World COVID-19 morning update: Olympics delayed one year; 12,000 health care workers infected

Comprehensive world news update: Lockdown in UK showing signs of hope

Newspapers are safe to touch, World Health Organization confirms

Just make sure to wash your hands as you would after touching any surface or object

‘It’s up to us: Recently-returned B.C. couple urges Canadians to take COVID-19 seriously

Garrett Kucher and Tory Apostoliuk make it home after almost a week of lockdown in Spain

‘Nothing concrete’: Tenants, landlords lack details after B.C. unveils COVID-19 rental aid

Single mom in Golden says she’s already going to the food bank after being laid off

Canada will make sure masks sent by China meet quality standards: Trudeau

Chinese Embassy tweeted that China was sending 30,000 medical masks along with gowns, gloves and goggles

B.C. issues guidelines about distancing, reusable bags to grocery stores amid COVID-19

Hand sanitizer and markers to keep lines two metres are apart are needed, province says

No plans to call in military right now to enforce COVID-19 quarantine: Trudeau

Trudeau unveils $7.5M for Kids Help Phone, $9M for vulnerable seniors amid COVID-19

QUIZ: How much do you know about the Olympics?

Put your knowledge to the test with these 12 questions

Most Read

l -->