April 7, 2017

Reveal Gala: A magical night in Venice

Canucks President Trevor Linden with his young friend Linden Ford at the 2016 Canucks Autism Network’s Big Reveal gala. Photo courtesy of Canucks Autism Network

Canucks President Trevor Linden with his young friend Linden Ford at the 2016 Canucks Autism Network’s Big Reveal gala. Photo courtesy of Canucks Autism Network

Canucks Autism Network fundraiser aims to top 2016’s impressive $785,000

On May 6, the buzzers, horns and slap shots will be still at Rogers Arena. Instead, the elegant sights and sounds of Venice will fill a space transformed as Vancouver Canucks co-owners Clara and  Paolo Aquilini welcome guests to the second annual Reveal Gala.
Reveal is the signature fundraising event for the Canucks Autism Network (CAN), a non-profit organization the Aquilinis started in honour of their autistic son Christian. Its goal is to increase training and awareness across B.C. while providing year-round sports and recreation programs for families and individuals living with autism—that’s one in 68 children in this province.
“Autism is affecting a growing number of children, with over 11,000 diagnosed in B.C. alone,” says CAN founder and Reveal Gala co-chair Clara Aquilini. “Our aim is for the Reveal Gala to raise critical funds so we can support even more families living with autism while building inclusive, accepting and understanding communities.”
Last year’s inaugural gala raised $785,000 to support B.C. families with autism. Some 544 people gathered at Rogers Arena to be entertained by emcee George Stroumboulopoulos, singer Sarah McLachlan, auctioneer (and Olympic Gold Medalist) Jon Montgomery and the true stars of the evening, the 10 CAN kids accompanied by Vancouver Canucks players and management.
Expect the 2017 event to be even better. The theme, developed under the direction of renowned event planner Martin van Keken, is “An Evening in Venice.” Rogers Arena will be transformed and guests transported to the magical Italian city through an impressive showcase of music, art, culture, food and wine.
Visit canucksautism.ca or revealgala.com

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