More than 250 guests and VIPs attended the inaugural 7 Over 70 Awards Gala at Tsawwassen Springs Sept. 16.
The gala fundraiser raised nearly $200,000 towards the expansion of the Day Program for Older Persons at KinVillage.
The sold-out event began with a lively cocktail reception and the opportunity to bid on silent auction items before guests sat down to a delicious three course meal.
104.3 The Breeze Radio Host Simone Grewal was the gala emcee.
Two family caregivers gave heartfelt testimonials on their experience with their spouse’s journey with dementia and the life changing impact of the Day Program for Older Adults at KinVillage.
The stories underscored the importance of accessible aged care services located close to home without having to drive to the neighouring town for day programs.
The 7 Over 70 Awards recipients received a standing ovation in recognition of their significant contributions to enhancing quality of life in their communities.
The award recipients included: Dr. Jack Taunton, Carlene Lewall, Peter Guichon, Avis Glaze, Bruno Marti, Leslie Abramson and Bill Wilms.
Delta South MLA Ian Paton led the live auction, where spirited bidding took place over exclusive items such as a cruise and a lunch at the BC Legislature with three political pundits.
The gala continued to dazzle with DJ Mary, who kept the dance floor alive until late in the evening.
“Older adults continue to make a real significant contribution as they are living longer, healthier lives with decades of years not just to other older adults but to the whole community,” said Dan Levitt, CEO KinVillage. “There are awards that recognize younger people but not that many that honour older adults for the work they do after 70.”