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Shine A Light gala brings locals together to fight kidney disease

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There was also live music to set the mood, performed by a trio from the Point Grey Music Strings Department. 

Both the silent auction and the live auction boasted some incredible items, ranging from autographed Canucks jerseys and art pieces to weekend getaways and clay making. 

Live auction items were as follows:

WestJet Flights for Two - sold for approx $1200

Mark Heine "Impasto White" - sold for approx $1300

Sonja Kobrehel "Red Ship" - sold for $2300

Private Scotch Tasting in Three Centuries Antique Shop - sold for $1800

ShearWater Resort and Marino Edo Tour package for two - sold for $6500

Enrico Koning Designer Cabinet - sold for $6600

Electric Kool Aid Vase by Jeff Holmwood - sold for $2000 to Dr. Pat, the Auctioneer

"Come Clay With Me" Workshop with Suzy Birstein - sold for $400

Gillian Armitage "Rose & Alba" - sold for $1500

Vancouver Canucks Package (donated by Rick and Janice Jones) - sold for $1000

Whistler Weekend Getaway with golf, spa, dinner, ziptrek - sold for $1500

Linda Frimer "Wilderness Garden" - sold for $600

Clifford George "That Special Time of Day on the Road to Bonavista" (John Cabot landed there in 1498) - sold for $1600 

Richmond Cactus Club wine and food tasting - sold for $400

Mark Heine "An Afternoon Nap" - sold for $1250

Sonja Kobrehel "Jungle-Bird" - sold for $2750

Wine Selection from Laughing Stock and Burrowing Owl (12 bottles donated by BC Nephrologist Wine Club) - sold for $750

It was a successful and entertaining live auction led by the humorous Newfoundlander, Dr. Pat Parfrey. 

I'm a Paddy who's taking a piss out of everyone else," Dr. Parfrey said in a boisterous manner. "I'm a clinical researcher not an auctioneer!"

With ticket sales, the silent auction and the live auction, the event raised $120,000. This money will fund the KRESCENT program, which supports up and coming researchers across the country, we well as the Kidney Foundation's patient services and education programs. 

Dr. John Gill, President of the Canadian Society of Nephrology, and Dr. Morrison Hurley, President of the Kidney Foundation of Canada's BC Branch, closed the event with some final words. 

"Kidney disease is indiscriminatory," Dr. Gill explained. "It can affect anyone,  of any race, at any age. We've raised a glass or two, shed a tear or two, and most importantly learned about kidney disease. I thank you for being here, your support means a lot." 

For more information:

Kidney Foundation of Canada

BC Provincial Renal Agency

Canadian Society of Nephrology

For more photos check out my Shine A Light set on Flickr. 

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