REALTORS Care®: Feast of Fortune gala raises $900,000 for Mount Saint Joseph Hospital

Our top-performing REALTORS Care® article for February isn’t surprising, considering the Feast of Fortune gala raised an eye-popping $900,000 for Mount Saint Joseph Hospital. The gala’s founder, Sing Lim Yeo, is the senior vice-president of Vancouver’s Royal Pacific Realty. Feast of Fortune gala raises $900,000 for Mount Saint Joseph Hospital was published February 23. You can also raise awareness for your favourite charity by sharing your own inspiring story.

The 11th annual Scotiabank Feast of Fortune gala hosted by St. Paul’s Foundation raised a remarkable $900,115 for much-needed equipment at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital.

“Proceeds from the 2018 Scotiabank Feast of Fortune gala will directly touch many of us because our fundraising focus is breast cancer,” said Sing Lim Yeo, gala founder and Senior Vice-President of Vancouver’s Royal Pacific Realty. “Through personal experience, family or friends, colleagues or acquaintances, breast cancer is an issue close to us all. The best way to help is to provide our doctors with the best tools and the best equipment available, and that is what we are aiming to do with this year’s gala.”

Funds raised will go towards the purchase of a state‐of‐the‐art mammography machine that harnesses a new technology called tomosynthesis to create a 3-D image. This technology has been hailed as a breakthrough in breast cancer detection as doctors can now see through denser breast tissue, which has long been a challenge for traditional mammography. The result is better cancer detection. This machine will contribute to high quality breast imaging for women at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital, where more than 15,000 breast imaging studies were performed last year.

The Providence Breast Centre at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital supports approximately 20 per cent of breast cancer patients in British Columbia. The centre provides breast cancer patients with a full continuum of care including screening, diagnosis, and surgery, all in one location, and operates the largest breast reconstruction program in the province.

“Tonight, the Scotiabank Feast of Fortune gala celebrated over a decade of raising much-needed funding for Mount Saint Joseph Hospital,” said Dick Vollet, President and CEO of St. Paul’s Foundation. “We are so grateful to our generous attendees, sponsors , and volunteers – their contributions will allow us to provide patients with enhanced breast cancer detection.”

The Scotiabank Feast of Fortune gala welcomed more than 650 prominent guests from Vancouver’s diverse community, including the real estate industry. It featured a live auction, amazing food creations by award-winning chefs, and spectacular live performances by pianist Robbie Akehurst, Motion Artistry dancers and a special performance by famed Hong Kong pop star Pancy Lau.

“As a former patient of the Providence Breast Centre, I am proud to lend my support to raising funds for a new mammography machine at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital,” said celebrity pop singer Pancy Lau. “The care I received while undergoing treatment for my breast cancer was second to none, and I will always be grateful to the doctors, nurses, radiologists and technicians who treated me with such compassion. I encourage anyone who is able, to support the 2018 Scotiabank Feast of Fortune gala or donate online to St. Paul’s Foundation at helpstpauls.com/feast-of-fortune.”

Sing has received numerous awards for his volunteer work, including the Order of British Columbia, the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver’s REALTORS Care® Award and the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Gold Award for fundraising efforts. Over 30 years, his efforts have helped raise more than $20 million for a range of charitable causes such as the Tapestry Foundation for Healthcare, the Chinese Cultural Centre and S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

Matt Day brings his experience as a nationally-recognized multimedia journalist to the Canadian Real Estate Association as a Communications Advisor. Matt provides professional writing, digital media and communications support to CREA and assists in developing engaging social media content. He is regularly featured in the CREA Café where he provides interesting and entertaining content for REALTORS® to enjoy. Matt is a professional photographer but has dreams of becoming a rock star. He also enjoys mountain biking, skiing, hiking, and using the Oxford comma.


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