Town Talk: Gala raises $5.95 million for cancer care and a surgical robot


STARS SHONE: Heading into the Vancouver Convention Centre West’s window-walled ballroom, Night of a Thousand Stars gala chair Nancey Nanji said she expected to raise “maybe $3.4 million” for the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. Husband Noordin Nanji, QC, chairs the foundation’s board. The 22nd annual event’s take was already earmarked for advanced cancer care and to help replace an aging surgical robot. By night’s end, a record $5.95 million was reportedly in the bag with $1.97 million of it coming from Darlene Poole to commemorate husband Jack, who succumbed to pancreatic cancer in 2009. Her donation will pay for a robot that, like him, will be named Jack.

Darlene Poole commemorated husband Jack (seen here in 2004) by donating $1.97 million for a surgical robot at the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation gala.

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Darlene Poole commemorated husband Jack (seen here together in 2004) by donating $1.97 million for a surgical robot at the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation gala.

Noordin Nanji saw wife Nancey chair Night of a Thousand Stars to reportedly raise almost $6 million for the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation.

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Source:: Vancouver Sun

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