2017 Scotiabank Feast of Fortune to Raise $880,000

November 9, 2016, VANCOUVER, BC - Tapestry Foundation for Health Care has launched a fundraising campaign to raise $880,000 to purchase much-needed surgical equipment for Mount Saint Joseph Hospital (MSJ).

Fundraising for the Surgical Campaign is the focus of Tapestry Foundation's signature Chinese New Year event - the Scotiabank Feast of Fortune, set for Friday, February 3, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver.

2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the Foundation’s successful gala that has contributed over $3.9 million since 2008 for purchases of specialized equipment and technology needed at MSJ.

Dr. Charles Lo demonstrates a patient vital monitor at
the 2017 Scotiabank Feast of Fortune media conference.

On typical day, more than 60 patients undergo an operation or special procedure through MSJ’s Surgical Program.  In total each year, the program 16,000 surgeries and procedures that range from operations to remove cancers or restore eyesight, to emergency procedures for potentially serious health problems, such as kidney stones or internal bleeding.  The Surgical Program serves the local community and the needs of patients from as far away as northern BC.

2017 gala proceeds will help to purchase high-tech equipment needed for five specialized surgical areas including breast, ophthalmology, urology, plastic/reconstructive and gastrointestinal, as well as equipment benefiting all patients receiving surgery in the operating rooms. On the list of equipment items needed are:

  • gastrointestinal scopes for "upper GI" procedures that detect problems with top part of the GI tract;
  • a new imaging system enabling breast cancer surgeons to perform x-rays in the operating room prior to completion of surgery, to ensure all cancerous tissue has been removed;
  • patient vital monitor with special features, including the ability to provide a printed heart tracing,  for those having surgery under local anesthetic, or recovering from a procedure in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit.

MSJ surgeon Dr. Emile Woo notes that one equipment item will greatly benefit the work of a recently recruited GI (gastrointestinal) specialist at MSJ with expertise in “upper GI” procedures. “The new GI scopes are critical for diagnosing colon cancer, as well as for emergency procedures on patients we suspect may have life-threatening internal bleeding,” explained Dr. Woo. “We also need a new colonoscope specifically designed for procedures carried out on our smaller patients.  We are all grateful to Tapestry Foundation donors who support the needs of our surgical teams through this special fundraiser.”

The Scotiabank Feast of Fortune is a festive celebration of Chinese New Year, combining fine dining and entertainment with fundraising auctions and opportunities for guests to pledge their support for priority equipment needs at MSJ.

The volunteer fundraising committee for 2017 includes Gala Founder and Honorary Chair Mr. Sing Lim Yeo, O.B.C., a former Tapestry Foundation director, and Gala Co-Chairs Mrs. Margaret Chiu and Ms. Heather Pei Huang.

(l - r) Ann C. Adams, CEO, Tapestry Foundation for Health Care; Kristy Carpenter, Patient Care Manager, OR and Procedures Rooms, Mount Saint Joseph Hospital; Dr. Miriam Yu, donor and Gala Committee Member; Heather Pei Huang, Gala Co-Chair; Sandra Barr, Program Director, Medicine, Mount Saint Joseph and St. Paul’s Hospitals, and Site/Operations Leader, Mount Saint Joseph Hospital; Winnie Y. Chung, Gala Platinum Sponsor; Margaret Chiu, Gala Co-Chair; Patricia Yeo, donor and Gala Committee Member; Sing Lim Yeo, O.B.C., Gala Founder and Honorary Chair.

“Our volunteer fundraising committee is proud to mark 10 years of support to MSJ with another ambitious fundraising goal," notes Mr. Yeo. “We hope that the community will support this event to help save lives and improve the quality of life for thousands of patients in our community."

You can support the Scotiabank Feast of Fortune by buying a ticket, becoming a sponsor, donating an auction item, advertising in the Keepsake Program, or simply making a donation. For more information, please visit www.feastoffortune.ca, call 604.806.9480 or email ang4@providencehealth.bc.ca.