Canuck Place Children's Hospice were on hand to welcome guests to the second annual Gift of Love Gala at the Ramada Plaza on Saturday evening.

Canuck Place Children's Hospice were on hand to welcome guests to the second annual Gift of Love Gala at the Ramada Plaza on Saturday evening.

Canuck Place in Abbotsford holds Gift of Love Gala

Second annual event took place this evening at the Ramada Plaza

The recent Gift of Love Gala held in Abbotsford raised more than $267,000 for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.

More than 300 guests attended the event on Feb. 13 at the Ramada Plaza and Conference Centre.

Guests dined on a three-course meal accompanied by the music of the MEI Choir and by musician Andrew Christopher, whose daughter Lilee Jean was welcomed to Canuck Place in 2013.

She was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer at the age of 10 months and passed away on Sept. 6, 2013 at the age of two years and nine months.

The sold-out gala was emceed by Breakfast Television co-host Riaz Meghji.

CEO Margaret McNeil said more than 40 per cent of the children and families in the Canuck Place program reside in the Fraser Valley.

“The funds raised at this event will help ensure we can continue to provide complex clinical care to children with life-threatening illnesses and support their families through incredibly challenging circumstances,” she said.

The Gift of Love Gala presenting sponsor MNP was represented by their managing regional partner, Lee Bass.

“Supporting the health and well-being of children is critically important to the MNP team,” said Bass. “Canuck Place Children’s Hospice is a leader in caring for kids and families in British Columbia and our partnership with Gift of Love gala is one small way we can support this care.”

Returning gala co-chairs Jennefer Vanderpol and Yasmin Alibhai, led the community gala committee.