In Support of St. Paul’s Mental Health and Addiction Medicine Programs

Once upon a time, St Paul’s Hospital Foundation presented a Fairy Tale fundraising gala to raise vital funds for St. Paul’s mental health and addiction medicine programs: Brilliant! A Show for Mental Health. Supporters, Prince Charmings, and Big Bad Wolves are invited to join 900 hundred spellbound attendees for an evening of fun, fashion and frolic Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the Commodore Ballroom.

St. Paul’s Brilliant! is a magical night where 300 of Vancouver’s most fashion-forward designers, hairstylists, make-up artists, models and dancers, all volunteer their time and talent to make a difference for mental health and addiction. This year, the top-notch creative team is putting a new spin on 18 classic fairy tales, including Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and Little Red Riding Hood.

The spectacularly produced event will be emceed by TV personality Fiona Forbes, with a live auction featuring seasoned auctioneer, Howard Blank, followed by a fairy tale runway extravaganza of fashion and dance, all capped off by dancing to a set by DJ Leanne.

Brilliant!proceeds support mental health and addiction medicine programs at St. Paul’s Hospital. Patients coming to St. Paul’s for help include white collar executives, blue collar workers and the SAMI (Severe Addiction and/or Mental Illness) population in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. All of them benefit from the compassion and innovation that has defined St. Paul’s for more than a century.

“In the last five years, St. Paul’s has seen an increase of 89% in visits due to mental illness and addiction,” said Dick Vollet, President and CEO, St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation. “With mental-health crisis and substance-misuse visits projected to continue increasing, donor support for St. Paul’s groundbreaking mental health and addiction diagnostic and treatment services remains crucial.”

A happy ending is expected when Brilliant! hosts an energy-filled, fairy tale evening that unites seasoned and up and coming philanthropists 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 two years, St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation has raised $600,000 through Brilliant! to support St. Paul’s Hospital mental health and related programs and foster the Hospital’s aim to not just be the first stop, but the best stop on the journey to wellness.

For tickets, or to donate online visit www.brilliant.helpstpauls.comOh, and beware of wolves in couture clothing.

About St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation

St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation raises funds to support inspired care, research, and teaching at St. Paul’s Hospital. St. Paul’s Hospital is a treasured provincial health resource for all British Columbians. Our hospital specializes in the care of people with heart and lung disease, HIV/AIDS, mental illness, renal disease and people living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. We integrate the best clinical care with real-world research and education, and provided care to more than 400,000 patients from across BC last year. For more information, or to donate,

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