Crystal Gala committee sees changing of the guard

Abbotsford’s Crystal Gala fundraising committee has seen a changing of the guard. However, that change will not alter the group’s commitment to breast cancer research and fundraising in the community.

Abbotsford’s Crystal Gala fundraising committee has seen a changing of the guard. However, that change will not alter the group’s commitment to breast cancer research and fundraising in the community.

Dorothy Dyck, the outgoing chair, has announced that founding president Gerri Charles (owner of Champagne & Lace) was acclaimed the new 2011 chair.

The new secretary is Kathleen Rake, of Click Media Works.

The foundation board also consists of Sandy Ellis, Tanya Curtis (Nutriva Group), Susan Bubra (Face Beautiful Cosmedic), Jessica Germaine (Raabe-Germaine Chiropractic Clinic), Aman Gill (Anand Events & Décor), Chris Franklin (The Agassiz-Harrison-Hope Observer), Dixie Jacobsen (Tip Top Carpet One), and Brittany Manulak (Concept Plumbing & Gas).

The Crystal Gala Foundation has no paid staff, all of its day-to-day labour is volunteer as it works to present the 13th annual gala fundraiser, dinner and dance – Taming the Dragon – scheduled for Oct. 15 at the Ramada Plaza and Conference Centre in Abbotsford.

“Our legacy is local, which means every dollar we raise goes directly to the cause in Abbotsford, not to some larger body,” said Charles.

“We’re proud to say that we’ve just committed another $500,000 to the Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre (ARHCC),” said Dyck. “It will help fulfill a $1 million commitment to the Crystal Gala Breast Health Unit at the hospital.

“If you visit ARHCC, make your way to the second floor where you will find the Crystal Gala Breast Health Unit.  It is dedicated to serving women in the prevention and eventual eradication of breast cancer,” she added.

For more information on the Abbotsford Crystal Gala and its committee work, click on

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