In years past, Brian Jessel has welcomed names like Jay Leno and CeeLo Green. No wonder his annual BMW Cabriolet Gala is one of Vancouver’s most sought after and entertaining fundraisers.
This year marked the 8th annual event and, as expected, all of this city’s best dressed were on hand to enjoy an evening of celebration and raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society. Posh live and silent auction items tempted supporters to bid their best as go-go dancers and sexy ladies on swings helped add to the decor. Extra special this year was an sultry VIP lounge complete with sleek black lounging couches and a fabulous front row seat for all the upcoming action on stage.
Leading Vancouver restaurants, like Joe Fortes and Hy’s Restaurant, supplied the canapes as guests sipped on everything from Belvedere Vodka to Tavi tequila. Sweet Soul Burlesque dancers then got everyone warmed up with their “cheeky” and flirty performance before Rosette took to the stage to sing her latest hits. The night ended with headliner Colin James rocking out to a filled VIP audience that was more than happy to kick up their heels to all of his biggest hits.
01 – He’s the man of the hour and more. Seen here with the beautiful Lisa Calder, Brian Jessel welcomes friends and guests to his 8th annual gala.
02 – They’re no strangers to the car biz. Dueck Auto Group’s Greg Keith, centre, attends the gala with friends Tyson Motz, left, and Brad Telford.
03 – Blo Blow Dry Bar’s brand officer Hilary Chan-Kent cuddles up to her main man, Chris Johal, CEO of iWood Lumber Products, as guests get ready for the big show.
04 – She’s stunning and elegant and carries her crown like a pro. Camille Munro, Miss World Canada 2013 has a busy year ahead of her.
05 – They’re ready to “Thai” one on. Desmond and Peachy Chen are the proprietors and owners of Vancouver’s delicious Thai House and Pink Elephant Thai restaurants.
06 – Models, actors and dancers Pierson Hayes, left, and Jonathan Kol are always shaking it sexy on stage. This night they are part of Rosette’s famously fabulous entourage.
07 – Joe Fortes’ executive chef Wayne Sych serves up some seriously succulent seafood with assistant Corra-Rose Sitnam.
08 – Dressed in sparkle and glamour from head to toe are guests Carmen Telford, left, Courtney Keith and Jessica Falle.
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By Catherine Barr
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