What a party…..with purpose!
The 2016 Face the World Foundation gala, generously sponsored by BMO Bank of Montreal and Concord Pacific, lead by Terry Hui, raised more than $700,000 at its 26th annual event.
Face the World, created by Jacqui Cohen, has passionately served charitable organizations in Vancouver for 26 years, distributing more than $17 million in funds throughout Greater Vancouver.
Taking to the stage in a surprise move, mother and daughter – Jacqui Cohen and Kasondra Cohen-Herrendorf – announced that their charitable foundations will join forces next year. Face the World will partner with Face of Today, founded nine years ago by Kasondra. Watching proudly from the audience, family matriarch, Marlene Cohen.
“I have had the privilege of creating a Foundation that has been able to contribute to our community in direct and meaningful ways for two and a half decades,” said Jacqui Cohen. “Now, in joining forces with my daughter, we will be bringing together the philanthropic power of three generations to the benefit of our city’s most vulnerable. I’m blessed in so many ways.”
“My mother has been my role model and inspiration,” said Kasondra Cohen-Herrendorf. “Like my mother and grandmother, I feel a tremendous responsibility to ensure the Cohen family is there to continue to support organizations in-need, in Vancouver. The needs of charitable groups in our city continue to grow, and we have an opportunity to give back and change lives. At the end of the day, that is our motivating factor.”
Following the emotional announcement, guests, seated in a specially-created tent, decorated by Simon Cooksley in “retro red” – carpet, curtains, chandeliers, candles, table coverings and floral – toasted with Champagne Taittinger, the evening’s beverage sponsor, and then savoured a meal by Hy’s Vancouver and Gotham Steakhouse.
Art proved to be the focal point of the night, dominating in both the live and silent auctions. Works by Dina Goldstein (‘Breakfast’ from her ‘In the Dollhouse’ Barbie series), and Tiko Kerr (‘A Cut Above’) went over their values of $21,000 and $14,000 respectively in the Live auction. In the Silent auction, “King” Richard Brodeur’s ‘National Pastime’ saw competitive bidding. Travel was a close second with stays at The Savoy-London, Le Royal Monceau-Raffles Paris, Fairmont Pacific Rim and Point Yamu in Phuket, vigorously pursued.
Bringing guests to their feet, literally, to close out the gala, Steven Page, former frontman for The Barenaked Ladies and now soloist, backed by Vancouver’s Odds. Guests took to the dance floor where they stayed until almost midnight.