The Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS) welcomed all to their annual gala fundraiser this past week. The historic Terminal City Club provided an elegant backdrop to the evening which was filled with inspiring speeches, impassioned pleas and heartfelt thank-you’s to their volunteers and supporters.
The evening was a way to honour their collective efforts, connect as a community, and raise funds for BWSS’s critical services and programs. Upcoming projects feature new developments in the legal advocacy program, youth ending violence program, and voices from the front-line.
The evening was hosted by the dynamic Jill Krop of Global TV and included key note speaker Severn Cullis-Suzuki, a fun eco-fashion show by the BWSS’s social enterprise My Sister’s Closet and a performance by DJ K-Rec, Young Nizzle and Claire Mortifee.
Guest Speaker Severn Cullis-Suzuki is an internationally recognized activist for diversity. In 1992, 12-year-old Severn spoke at the Earth Summit in Rio. Today she fights for the future of her own children from her home-base in the Haidi Gwaii.
Every fashionista in Vancouver is familiar with Yaletown’s My Sister’s Closet. What is not to love about an eco-chic thrift store advocates zero waste, eco-fashion and the thrift movement? Revenue generated from the sales of the community donated clothing helps fund violence prevention and intervention services operated by BWSS which supports over 10,000 women every year.
Silent auction tables were laid out with incredible artisan pieces, products and art prints including Blushing Boutique, RAW Foundation, Dorothy Grant, Black Rabbit Tattoo Studio and Main Street Brewing – something for everyone.
Congratulations to Samantha Kearney and her colourful team for putting together a warm and wonderful gala and we look forward to another year of shopping and saving lives.