Foster Miracle Weekend raises millions

Fundraisers will help support the families of children in need of organ transplants

David Foster gives two thumbs up at his namesake foundation’s 25th anniversary Miracle Concert on Saturday at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. The weekend festivities



With some corporate donations still to be tallied, the David Foster Foundation’s Miracle Weekend has brought in $4.6 million for the locally raised musical star’s charity.

“Victoria proved once again it is a hometown like no other,” said foundation CEO Mike Ravenhill. “A weekend event that was just 12 months in the making, kicked off by (Oak Bay Beach Hotel owners) Kevin and Shawna Walker, has set the stage for another 25 years of our foundation.”

Money raised will go toward providing financial support to Canadian families with children in need of life-saving organ transplants.

The Miracle Weekend, held at the Fairmont Empress and Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre, saw 29 people purchase the full $10,000 weekend package and thousands buy tickets to individual events.

On Friday night, 300 people walked up the purple carpet – matching the colour scheme for the weekend – at the Empress to have dinner and enjoy an intimate concert with Foster, where tickets sold for $500.

Premium tickets for Saturday night’s arena performance – which included a gala dinner and a live auction – went for $1,000. The event attracted 700 people. Another 4,130 people attended the concert, shelling out between $75 and $250 per seat.

Onlookers hoping to get a glimpse of the stars and perhaps an autograph or two crowded around the entranceways to both venues.

The event was also supported by 150 volunteers.

rholmen@vicnews.com

Related story: Victoria honours David Foster with naming ceremony

Just Posted

Saanich ‘inside cat’ comes home two weeks later, two pounds lighter

The only one not excited about the return of Arthur, is the… Continue reading

Two to hospital after University of Victoria sailing mishap

Wind gusts capsize boat of recreational club sailors

Victoria’s deaf community advocates for different sign languages to be recognized on federal accessibility act

Advocates also want Indigenous Sign Language to be recognized on the Indigenous Language Act

Transport Canada announces funds for pollutant clean up in Victoria Park, removal of abandoned boats

Contaminants at Laurel Point Park will be removed starting at the end of September

Volunteers gather in Metchosin for B.C.’s 1st ever search and rescue joint training

Around 200 volunteers came out for the three-day training program

Environment Canada confirms Ottawa area hit by two tornadoes Friday

At one point more than 200,000 hydro customers were blacked out

Emergency crews investigate small sulphuric acid spill near Trail

IRM states a small volume of less than one cup and three dime-sized drips were leaked from carrier

5 things to do this weekend in and around Greater Victoria

Sooke Apple Fest returns, Saanich lights up with lantern festival and anarchists unite for downtown book fair

Victoria resident barred from trading securities for fraud

Larry Keith Davis used money from an investor to pay personal bills

Family, friends of B.C murder victim want killer sent back to max security facility

Group wants convicted murderer Walter Ramsay sent back to a maximum security facility

B.C. VIEWS: Looking under the hood of ICBC’s war on crashes

Is our accident rate really soaring, or is it inefficiency?

Coaches, players on Alberta university rugby team buckle up for the Broncos

16 people died when Humboldt Broncos bus collided with a semi-truck in rural Saskatchewan

Most Read