Whether you fancy the reflective work of Frida Kahlo, wish you were Andy Warhol, or get moony over a breathtaking Matisse, St. Paul’s Foundation’s upcoming Brill!ant 2016 will paint a spectacular picture for attendees and raise vital funds for St. Paul’s mental health and addiction programs.
This year, Brilliant guests are invited Into the Gallery for a night of visual delights celebrating iconic artists who were touched by mental health and addiction during their lives and creative processes. The evening will be emceed by Virgin Radio host Jonny Staub and features a live auction hosted by Howard Blank. The dynamic runway extravaganza of fashion and dance will be capped off by dancing to a set by GirlonWax DJ Crystal A’dare.
Brilliant will be held this year on September 24th at the Rocky Mountaineer Train Station. It will be an evocative night of fashion, art and dance in support of mental health and addiction programs at St. Paul’s Hospital. Just as it takes more than one brush stroke to create a masterpiece, the amazing volunteers and donors helping paint St. Paul’s as the best first stop on the journey to wellness.
Meet the Exciting New Team Behind Brilliant 2016
“The whole process of creating is exciting to me. Seeing the evolution of the project, starting from the concept stage, to it becoming a reality with all the creative energy and collaboration that goes with that is very satisfying for me.”
Vladimir Markovich, Event Producer
“If I had to choose one word for the stage this year, it would be ‘spectacular.’ This is no ordinary catwalk. With larger than life audio-visual displays, a great sight line for all guests and a show that truly brings art to life, Brilliant is a feast for the eyes.”
Ghazal Elhaei, Stylist
Bringing the vision to life are some of Vancouver’s top creative talent, led by producer Vladimir Markovich, stylist Ghazal Elhaei and backstage production manager Alex Grace, choreographers Carlo Atienza and Heather Dotto, lead make-up artist Meredith Lacosse and mixed media artist Lyle Reimer (LyleXOX). Local designers lending their talent and wares include Alex S Yu, Anna Talbot, Atelier Grandi, Joseph Chanan, Laudae, and Town Shoes.
Why Brilliant 2016?
The need for community support of Brilliant has never been greater. “St. Paul’s sees the highest volume of patients with mental health and substance use issues in Vancouver,” says Dr. Bill MacEwan, Head of Psychiatry, St. Paul’s. “In the last six years, St. Paul’s has seen a 112% increase in visits related to mental illness and addiction – more than 10,500 visits last year alone.”
Funds raised at Brilliant 2016 will support the Mental Health Hub, which will provide faster, more intensive care for some of our most vulnerable patients, and strengthen patient supports from hospital care to community care, as well as our world-leading addiction program at St. Paul’s, which is demonstrating provincial leadership through a range of initiatives including the current opioid overdose crisis.
“With British Columbia recently declaring a public health emergency after another surge in drug-related overdoses and deaths, donor support for St. Paul’s groundbreaking mental health and addiction education and treatment services is more important than ever,” says Dr. Evan Wood, Director of Addiction Services at St. Paul’s.
Brilliant brings together seasoned and up and coming philanthropists with community leaders over the shared cause of St. Paul’s Hospital, which could be considered ground zero in the changing landscape for treating mental illness and addiction. In the past three years, St. Paul’s Foundation has raised over $2,000,000 through Brilliant to support St. Paul’s mental health and addiction related programs.
“St. Paul’s Foundation is proud to host this annual event, and we’re grateful to our friends and supporters of Brilliant whose every effort, whether as a volunteer, sponsor or guest goes to support the incredibly important work underway at St. Paul’s to change the landscape for treating mental illness and addiction,” says Dick Vollet, President and CEO, St. Paul’s Foundation.
For tickets, or to donate online visit www.brilliant.helpstpauls.com