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Catholic Vancouver Jan. 31, 2019

Chinese New Year gala raises $1M for St. Joseph’s Hospital

By Agnieszka Ruck

A lion dance is performed during the Scotiabank Feast of Fortune, a celebration of Chinese New Year that raised over $1 million for Mount Saint Joseph Hospital Jan. 26. (St. Paul’s Foundation photos)

Every year, the Scotiabank Feast of Fortune attracts hundreds of guests for a huge gala in honour of Chinese New Year, and every year, the event is good news for Mount Saint Joseph Hospital.

“We are so grateful to our generous attendees, sponsors, and volunteers for their contributions this evening, which will allow us to ensure that our physicians and care workers have the critical equipment they need,” said Dick Vollet, president and CEO of St. Paul’s Foundation, which raises funds for hospitals run by Providence Health Care, including Mount Saint Joseph. 

“Tonight was a celebration of the work we can do when we come together.”

The feast raised $1,008,993 for updated life-saving cardiology, surgery, emergency, and imaging equipment.

In all, since their inception in 2008, the annual Feast of Fortune galas have raised over $6.7 million for medical equipment at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital. They have also offered a great time to their guests, offering a dinner by award-winning Chinese chefs, performances by Chinese-Canadian actresses and musicians, an auction, and a chance to meet local influencers.