Odd Squad Productions celebrates 15th anniversary in style

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Pan seared wild pacific salmon filet with saffron tomato fondue, spinach ricotta ravioli and fresh vegetables of the season

Okanagan apple almond croustade with caramel sauce
Dessert was served with freshly brewed Moja coffees and imported teas. 
In order to raise more funds for the Odd Squad Productions there was a live auction that showcased some spectacular items that were graciously donated for the event. Initially there seemed to be a timid crowd for the live auction that was led by Howard Blank, but once the ball started rolling, bidding cards were flying and the fundraising began. 

The items up for grabs were:
  • A nine-day adventure in Costa Rica
  • A private boat cruise up Indian Arm
  • A two-night stay at the Fairmont in NYC, flying business class
  • A full-page ad in The Vancouver Sun
  • A five-night junior suite at the Fairmont Beijing flying business class
  • A shooting day at the range and a ride along with the Odd Squad
  • Fund-A-Need for Odd Squad

Attending the gala that evening were members of the Canadian national team and Olympic athletes such as Jan Hudec, Canada’s leading downhill skier, and speed skaters Jamie GreggCindy KlassenChristine Nesbitt and Brittany Schussler. The day before the gala, they participated in a presentation and learning experience with the Odd Squad Productions Society consisting of a two-hour experience of Vancouver’s downtown east district.

A special guest appearance was to be made by actor and Reserve Deputy Chief of Louisiana, Steven Seagal, but he couldn't make it due to unforeseen occurrences.

Unfortunately not all of the "scheduled" appearances were to be pleasant, as celebrity visits and local heroes are. Word on the street was that protesters were planning on crashing the gala in an attempt to voice their disapproval of the OSP. Jennifer Allan from the Vancouver Cop Watch feels that the OSP is exploiting the Downtown Eastside through their videos. Fortunately for guests that evening there, no chaos occurred and the gala continued as planned, riot-free.

At the end of the night, Master of Ceremonies Akash Sablok and Wayne Braid as well as gala co-chairs Mark and Karen Wolverton thanked everyone in the room for their support, leaving them with a powerful message:
Ultimately, drugs have no boundaries. The further we reach with funding the more programs we can produce and develop, and more lives can be saved before it is too late.
With our ticket came a DVD with Odd Squad Production featuring a 15-year video retrospective that focuses on how the organization has grown and the effect it has had and will continue to have on youth in Vancouver.
For more high resolution photos from the event, check out my gallery. See the Odd Squad site for more information about the group's work. 

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