The stars will be out in Vancouver for the David Foster Foundation 30th Anniversary Miracle Gala & Concert, as Oprah Winfrey and many more gather at Rogers Arena on Saturday, October 21st to help raise funds for families undergoing life-saving paediatric organ transplants.
For the past 30 years, the David Foster Foundation has supported the non-medical expenses of more than 1,100 Canadian families. Each year, in support of the Foundation, the Miracle Gala Concert brings celebrity friends from around the world together for an unforgettable evening filled with remarkable performances and surprise guests, all curated by Foster.
This year’s musical line-up is stellar with the legendary Steven Tyler and Carly Rae Jepsen, Ruben Studdard, The Tenors, and Matteo Bocelli. Lifestyle guru’s Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Phil McGraw and Hollywood favourites Goldie Hawn, Jay Leno, and Bo Derek. Sports legends Russ and Geoff Courtnall, Trevor Linden, Andre Agassi, Tommy Haas and Steffi Graf. Everyone’s favourite Canadians Rick Hansen, Terry David Mulligan, Jim Treliving, and members of the Foster and Mulroney families.
“For the past three decades, the David Foster Foundation has worked hard to raise the awareness of this cause and educate the public on the importance of becoming a registered organ donor,” said Michael Ravenhill, CEO of the David Foster Foundation, in a statement.
The 30th Anniversary Miracle Gala is presented by Parq Vancouver, a new entertainment destination in the heart of downtown Vancouver’s energetic entertainment district.
Partnering with the event are TELUS, Aquilini Group, and WestJet. Food and beverages partners include Boston Pizza, Inniskillin Wine, Bomber Brewing, Nutrl Vodka, and Tempo Gin.
David Foster is not only a proud Canadian but the holder of an amazing list of honours. He is recipient of the Order of Canada, Officer of the Order of Canada, 50-time nominee and 16-time Grammy Award winner (including three for Producer of the Year), three-time Oscar nominee, Golden Globe winner, seven-time Juno Award winner, Emmy Award winner and has the distinguished honour to have his star on both the Canadian and Hollywood Walk of Fame.
He is the man behind the biggest hits of this century, with the first in 1978 and every decade afterward. His music has sold more than half a billion records by diverse artists such as Madonna, Celine Dion, Chicago, Whitney Houston, Air Supply, and will.i.am.
Foster launched the David Foster Foundation in his hometown of Victoria, BC, in 1986. Across Canada, the David Foster Foundation financially supports families for all non-medical expenses while their children are undergoing lifesaving organ transplants.
“More than 90% of Canadians support organ donor registration, but less than 25% of us are registered, and when families face the most difficult moments in their lives – when their child is sick and in need of a transplant – our role is to come alongside the family and take away that financial burden so they can focus all their attention on the child and not have to worry about losing their house or wondering where they are going to get the money to pay their bills.”
Thanks to its annual fundraising efforts and the generous support of national partners like TELUS, WestJet, Aird & Berlis, LLP, Honda Canada Foundation, OUTFRONT Media Canada, and Schnitzer families receive support for expenses incurred when traveling away from their homes to be with their child during transplant.
Concert tickets, ranging from $49 to $119, are still available through Ticketmaster.
The Foundation also promotes organ donor awareness and registration in both Canada and the United States. For more information, visit www.davidfosterfoundation.com.