Gabrielle Ross

‘Awesome’ hospice fundraiser quintuples goal

White Rock's Gabrielle Ross may be just one year old, but she has inspired thousands of dollars of support for Canuck Place.

The heart-wrenching plight of a terminally ill White Rock girl inspired thousands of dollars in donations Saturday for Canuck Place, the Vancouver children’s hospice that has been a lifeline for her family.

Sandra Christian, owner of Creative Kids Learning Centers, said Monday a preliminary tally puts the total raised by the Mom’s Night Out event at around $11,000 – more than five times what organizers were hoping for.

“It was such a hit… out of this world,” Christian said.

The soiree was organized in honour of Gabrielle Ross, the year-old sister of preschool student James Ross. Gabrielle was born with Inclusion-cell (I-cell) disease, a rare and incurable genetic disorder in which lysosomes in her cells aren’t properly storing waste.

She and her family – mom and dad, Amy and Regan, and brothers James and Michael – have received tremendous support from Canuck Place on their journey.

Their story, detailed in the Peace Arch News Nov. 17, “really affected this cause,” Christian said, estimating 150 women turned out to shop, bid on auction items and socialize.

“It was full the entire time,” she said of the fundraiser, which was held at Creative Kids’ Rosemary Heights location.

Silent auction items that helped drive up the total included a dinner from Cactus Club, a birthday party package from 4Cats Arts Studio, a signed Whitecaps jersey and Canucks tickets.

Cash donations also played a significant role, and included $1,000 from King of Floors and $2,500 from an anonymous donor.

Christian said part of the night’s proceeds will go directly to the Ross family to assist in the purchase of a special walker and high chair for Gabrielle, to help her see the world from the height perspective of a healthy one-year-old.

Amy Ross – who stopped by with husband Regan after watching election results that put her father, Wayne Baldwin, in the White Rock mayor’s chair  – described the event as “overwhelmingly awesome.”

“Gabrielle was a little star,” she said.

Combined with her dad’s win at city hall, “it was a really exciting night for all of us.”

 

 

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

Just Posted

Sunny skies expected across Lower Mainland this week

After weeks of rain and smoke, Environment Canada forecasts clear skies and steady warm temperatures

Senior White Rock election worker not concerned about safety at the polls

‘Casting your vote will be like getting a take out coffee,’ says Elections BC CEO

Surrey’s Johnston Heights reporting COVID-19 exposure

Fraser Health has created a new webpage listing COVID-19 cases in schools

White Rock exhibit designed to ignite passion for the arts

Surrey Artswest Showcase to include semi-private lessons

Community Connections: Gordie Hogg speaks with Margaret Cuthbert

Former mayor, MP began posting conversations on YouTube in June

A (virtual) walk around the world by 88-year-old B.C. man

George Doi says it’s simple: ‘I like walking’

End of CERB means uncertainty for some, new system for others

As of a week ago, the CERB had paid out $79.3 billion to 8.8 million people

Horgan, Wilkinson trade barbs over MSP premiums, health care at campaign stops

Horgan called a snap election for Oct. 24 earlier this week

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

VIDEO: COVID won’t dampen Lower Mainland woman’s Halloween spirit

Langley’s Tanya Reid posted video offering suggestions of how trick-or-treating might look for her

PHOTOS: 2nd calf in a month confirmed among Southern Resident killer whale pod

Center for Whale Research said they will eagerly await to observe the calf to evaluate its health

Most Read