Event MC Fred Lee (standing) speaks to guests at Thursday evening's Picnic on the Pier event

Event MC Fred Lee (standing) speaks to guests at Thursday evening's Picnic on the Pier event

Picnic on the Pier raises more than $33,000 for hospital

Thursday evening event at White Rock Pier served as a fundraiser for the Peace Arch Hospital & Community Health Foundation.

Thursday evening’s Picnic on the Pier has raised more than $33,000 for the Peace Arch Hospital & Community Health Foundation.

The sold-out event saw 230 guests dine on seafood, salad, dessert and more while seated at long tables at the end of the White Rock Pier.

Dinner and drinks were followed by a live auction. In total, $33,800 was raised – through ticket sales and the auction – with funds earmarked for emergency-room improvements at Peace Arch Hospital.

“It was a really great night,” said Vicki Brydon, director of public relations for the hospital foundation. “It was pretty festive, and the weather could not have been better. I think everybody had a really great time.”

Vancouver media personality Fred Lee – dubbed the city’s ‘Man About Town’ – served as MC for the event, which was hosted by Landmark Premiere Properties, a land-development company currently proposing the construction of three 25-storey residential towers in the 1500-block of Martin Street in White Rock.

Landmark also recently added White Rock’s Central Plaza shopping centre to its land holdings in the city, and according to president and managing partner Ray Chen is proposing a resident/commercial project for the site “in the years ahead.”

Brydon said that while there were a handful of visitors to the pier who were unaware that a portion of it was closed for the event, most were understanding.

“Once they found out it was a fundraiser for the hospital, they were pretty accommodating,” she said.

In 2014, the pier was also closed to the public for Party on the Pier, a private function celebrating the city landmark’s 100th birthday.