The 2016 Gala


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.

Face The World would not be possible without the generous support of our favourite local businesses and brands. We thank you!

Aquilini Investment Group
Armando’s Meats
Army & Navy
Authentic Wines & Spirits
Barrie Mowatt, Vancouver Biennale
Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills | A Four Seasons Hotel
Bill Reid Gallery
Blue Ruby Jewellery
Boy’s Co
Brush Salon
Burrard Autostrasse
Burritt Bros.
Caitlin Calaihan, MAC Cosmetics
Canterbury Coffee
Chateau Argadens
Cin Cin Ristorante
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort
Click 4 a Massage
Cliff Lede Vineyards
Cori Creed
Dana Irving
David Lam
Diane’s Lingerie
Dina Goldstein
Fairmont Pacific Rim, Vancouver
Fairmont San Francisco

Hills of Kerrisdale
Holt Renfrew
Hotel Savoy
Hy’s & Gotham Steakouses
Ira Thai Massage
James Picard
John Ferrie
Joseph Drouhin
Kevin Chase
Kits Market
Kore Salon
Labatt Breweries
Langara Fishing Adventures
Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort
Le Physique Health & Fitness
Le Royal Meridien Resort & Spa Dubai
Le Royal Monceau
Le Vieux Pin
Le Vieux Pin
Legacy Liquor Store
Les Habitudes
Livingspace Interiors
Luigi Bosca

MAC Cosmetics
Martha Sturdy
Medical Rejuvenation Centre
Miguel Torres Chile
Nütrl Vodka
OPUS Vancouver
Pacific Dermaesthetics
Pacific Wine & Spirits
Red Truck Beer Company
Richard Brodeur
Ross Penhall
Salvatore Ferragamo
Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver
Siba Jewellers
Sushi and the City
Sutton Place Hotel
Taittinger Champagne
The Fladgate Partnership
The Lazy Gourmet
The Roxy
Wedgewood Hotel & Spa Vancouver
West Oak & Pierre’s