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David Foster Gala Raises $10.2M

Grammy Award winner and philanthropist David Foster thanked gala attendees and concert ticket holders for attending the 30th Anniversary David Foster Foundation Miracle Gala & Concert at Rogers Arena and helping to raise a record-breaking $10.2 million to help Canadian families.

David Foster Gala, Parq, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, BC, Charity Event, Helen Siwak, Oprah Winfrey, David Foster, Steven Tyler, Dr. Phil, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jim Pattison, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, Helen Siwak

Since its inception, the David Foster Foundation has worked to support the non-medical expenses of close to 1,100 families across Canada during their transplant journey; the Foundation’s financial commitment to families’ averages to $10,000. Financial support of non-medical expenses ranges from mortgage, rent, and car payments to airline tickets, groceries, parking, and gas. Often, families have to travel away from home and set up temporary housing close to one of the pediatric transplant hospitals in Canada.

David Foster Gala, Parq, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, BC, Charity Event, Helen Siwak, Oprah Winfrey, David Foster, Steven Tyler, Dr. Phil, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jim Pattison, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, Helen Siwak

The ‘Purple Carpet’ was packed with paparazzi!

The evening began with the star-studded arrival of guests, VIPs, and celebrities along the purple carpet (the Foundation’s preferred colour) at Rogers Arena. The star-studded evening was seamlessly emceed by HLN’s Michaela Pereira and CTV’s Ben Mulroney. The more than 850 gala guests and 9,000 concert attendees were treated to performances by Grammy Award-winners David Foster and Steven Tyler; Jay Leno; The Tenors; Carly Rae Jepsen; Matteo Bocelli; and Laura Bretan. Surprise guest Reba McEntire joined Foster on stage for an upbeat country jam prior to Steven Tyler who closed out the show.

David Foster Gala, Parq, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, BC, Charity Event, Helen Siwak, Oprah Winfrey, David Foster, Steven Tyler, Dr. Phil, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jim Pattison, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, Helen Siwak

Dr Phil & Robin McGraw with David Foster & Katharine McPhee | Helen Siwak

David Foster Gala, Parq, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, BC, Charity Event, Helen Siwak, Oprah Winfrey, David Foster, Steven Tyler, Dr. Phil, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jim Pattison, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, Helen Siwak

Oprah Winfrey & David Foster | Helen Siwak

David Foster Gala, Parq, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, BC, Charity Event, Helen Siwak, Oprah Winfrey, David Foster, Steven Tyler, Dr. Phil, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jim Pattison, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, Helen Siwak

Michaela Pereira & Canada’s finest | Helen Siwak

David Foster Gala, Parq, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, BC, Charity Event, Helen Siwak, Oprah Winfrey, David Foster, Steven Tyler, Dr. Phil, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jim Pattison, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, Helen Siwak

Steven Tyler shares a little PDA with date | Helen Siwak

David Foster Gala, Parq, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, BC, Charity Event, Helen Siwak, Oprah Winfrey, David Foster, Steven Tyler, Dr. Phil, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jim Pattison, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, Helen Siwak

Steffi Graf & Andre Agassi, Ben & Jessica Mulroney | Helen Siwak

David Foster Gala, Parq, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, BC, Charity Event, Helen Siwak, Oprah Winfrey, David Foster, Steven Tyler, Dr. Phil, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jim Pattison, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, Helen Siwak

Mike Ravenhill & Wife, Steve Hansen & Wife | Helen Siwak

David Foster Gala, Parq, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, BC, Charity Event, Helen Siwak, Oprah Winfrey, David Foster, Steven Tyler, Dr. Phil, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jim Pattison, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, Helen Siwak

Geoff Courtnall & Wife, Trevor Linden & Guest | Helen Siwak

David Foster Gala, Parq, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, BC, Charity Event, Helen Siwak, Oprah Winfrey, David Foster, Steven Tyler, Dr. Phil, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jim Pattison, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, Helen Siwak

Jay Leno | Dominique Hanke, Bo Derek | Helen Siwak

David Foster Gala, Parq, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, BC, Charity Event, Helen Siwak, Oprah Winfrey, David Foster, Steven Tyler, Dr. Phil, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jim Pattison, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, Helen Siwak

Terry David Mulligan, Matteo Bocelli | Helen Siwak

Attendees and friends of the Foundation, Jim Pattison and Jim & Sandi Treliving, supported the evening’s cause by donating $1 million to the fundraising goal of the evening. Dozens of attendees showed their support during the evening’s ‘sponsor a family’ fundraising pledge drive, with many joining Oprah, Steven Tyler, and Dr. Phil by supporting ten families for one year, or a $100,000 commitment.

David Foster Gala, Parq, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, BC, Charity Event, Helen Siwak, Oprah Winfrey, David Foster, Steven Tyler, Dr. Phil, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jim Pattison, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, Helen Siwak

Carly Rae Jepsen | Helen Siwak

As part of the gala, Jim Pattison and Walter Schneider were honoured as the recipients of the David Foster Foundation Visionary Awards, which recognize individuals making extraordinary contributions to local, regional, and national humanitarian efforts. These awards are presented annually at the David Foster Foundation Miracle Gala & Concert.

David Foster Gala, Parq, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, BC, Charity Event, Helen Siwak, Oprah Winfrey, David Foster, Steven Tyler, Dr. Phil, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jim Pattison, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, Helen Siwak

Oprah Winfrew, Jim Pattison, David Foster | Suzanne Teresa

David Foster Gala, Parq, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, BC, Charity Event, Helen Siwak, Oprah Winfrey, David Foster, Steven Tyler, Dr. Phil, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jim Pattison, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, Helen Siwak

Brian & Mila Mulroney | Suzanne Teresa

David Foster Gala, Parq, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, BC, Charity Event, Helen Siwak, Oprah Winfrey, David Foster, Steven Tyler, Dr. Phil, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jim Pattison, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, Helen Siwak

Jim & Sandi Treliving | Suzanne Teresa

David Foster Gala, Parq, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, BC, Charity Event, Helen Siwak, Oprah Winfrey, David Foster, Steven Tyler, Dr. Phil, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jim Pattison, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, Helen Siwak

Reba McEntire, Melissa Peterman and friends | Suzanne Teresa

David Foster Gala, Parq, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, BC, Charity Event, Helen Siwak, Oprah Winfrey, David Foster, Steven Tyler, Dr. Phil, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jim Pattison, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, Helen Siwak

The evenings total! | Suzanne Teresa

David Foster Gala, Parq, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, BC, Charity Event, Helen Siwak, Oprah Winfrey, David Foster, Steven Tyler, Dr. Phil, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jim Pattison, Vancouver, Vancity, YVR, Helen Siwak

Finale | Suzanne Teresa

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