It’s Fall in BC and the BC Hospitality Foundation has plenty of news to share.
Note from BCHF Chair, Christine Coletta
Fall is one of the busiest times for the hospitality industry as we get geared up for the holidays. Along with the fresh, cool air that replaces summer breezes, there’s an energy and excitement in the air as restaurants, hotels, pubs and foodservice providers are busy preparing for a busy season of entertainment. Fall is harvest time for the many great wineries across the province, as they work hard to craft another great BC wine vintage. Craft breweries and distillers are also busily stocking shelves with a variety of delicious seasonal offerings.
We have also closed the book on another season of successful events for the Foundation. Our Vancouver and Victoria golf tournaments, held in July and September respectively, were both sold-out events that not only brought our industry closer together, but raised more than $95,000 to assist this year’s beneficiaries and scholarship winners. We could not be more pleased with the result, with special thanks to our partners and sponsors.
Of course, the more well known the BCHF becomes, the more applications we receive for support. In 2016 so far, we have helped 28 new beneficiaries across the Province, with nearly $110,000 in support. Conditions have ranged from broken bones, to car accidents and cancer. No matter what the medical issue, the BCHF has the industry’s back.
The need to raise funds for the next wave of applicants continues to be a pressing need, and thankfully our industry is right there with us. The Hotel Association of Vancouver has launched a new fundraising drive called Hotels To Help, and we have just launched our own new campaign called Buy Ben A Beer, spearheaded by our amazing social media team at Junction. You can also read about how others have helped to raise both funds and awareness for the Foundation over the past few months. We are your charity.
Wishing you all the best for the holidays and beyond.
Christine Coletta, Chair, BC Hospitality Foundation
BCHF Swings Into Success
The BCHF wrapped another season of successful golf tournaments this summer. The Vancouver tournament was held on July 11, supported by ABLE BC, the BC Hotel Association, BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association and Restaurants Canada. The evening was capped by the presentation of our 2016 Industry Scholarship to Monique Cheung and a heartfelt address by recent beneficiary Rick Thompson. On September 19, the Victoria tournament was another sold-out success. Tanelle Bolt, one of our most inspiring beneficiaries, shared her gratitude towards the Foundation at the dinner. Together, both tournaments raised an incredible $95,000 for the BCHF.
Who have we helped lately?
It’s been a busy few months for applications and since our last newsletter, we have helped ten new beneficiaries, including Billy Wiseman (Kelowna) from Gray Monk Estate Winery, two-year old Julia, daughter of Melissa Grassmick (Kelowna) from Delta Grand Okanagan Resort, Lucy Folkard (Whistler) of Three Below Restaurant, Ian McHale (Vancouver) from Wildebeest, Megan Hanover (Penticton) from Washington Avenue Grill, John Laudrum (Vancouver) from Memphis Blues BBQ House, Austin Elliott (Victoria) from My Chosen Café, Dustin Klassen (Peachland), husband of a veteran hospitality worker, Francis Hooker (Victoria) from Chateau Victoria, and Amy Watzuke (Vancouver) from Italian Kitchen. You can read more about our beneficiaries HERE.
Apply Now for 2017 Sommelier Scholarships
Applications are open now for the 2017 BC Hospitality Foundation Sommelier Scholarships, sponsored by Okanagan Crush Pad and Authentic Wine and Spirits Merchants. Up to four $1,000 scholarships are awarded every year, which will be presented at the Vancouver International Wine Festival in February. Learn more HERE.
Buy Ben A Beer
Our social media team, led by the wildly talented crew at Junction, have brewed up a new fundraising campaign for the Foundation called Buy Ben A Beer. Special thanks to writer/director Justus Lowry at Rain Owl Pictures in Victoria for creating several amazing videos. Starting at just $5, you can buy a BEN-eficiary a virtual beer online at buybenabeer.com. Donate, tell your friends, and share your own photos on social media. Use the hashtags #BuyBenABeer and #BCHF.
A Summer of Thanks
* Taste, Victoria’s 8th annual festival of food and wine gave food lovers a local taste of Vancouver Island and the wine regions of British Columbia from July 14-17. Led by founder Kathy McAree, the festival raised $2,000 for the Foundation.
* Victoria Guest Services Network (VGSN) hold regular events and information sessions to help all front line hospitality employees in Victoria’s Hotels, Bed and Breakfasts and Visitor Information Centres. Annually supporting the BCHF, this summer they donated another $500.
* Brewery & the Beast, the premium culinary experience that features only the highest quality locally-sourced meats, has been a longstanding supporter of the BCHF. At this year’s sold out events in Vancouver and Victoria, the organizers raised $5,000 for the BCHF. Mark your calendars – the Vancouver edition returns July 23, 2017 and Victoria’s event takes place September 24, 2017.
* Hospitality Sales & Marketing International (HSMAI BC) held its annual Summer Social & Fundraiser on August 18 and raised $500 for the Foundation.
* The 25th annual Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association golf tournament was held at the Okanagan Golf Club on September 1. Funds from the tournament will support new beneficiaries within the region.
* SYSCO Kelowna’s annual tournament was held at Vernon’s Predator Ridge Golf Course, again choosing the BCHF as its charitable partner. An incredible $11,500 was raised for the Foundation. That’s a lot of green!
* All aboard! Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Les Clefs d’Or Canada, the sold-out BC Les Clef’s d’Or 5th annual boat cruise (September 7) sported a 70s theme, and was another fun-filled evening of music, dancing, food and friendship. The event raised a total of $16,000, split between the BCHF and Dreams Take Flight.
* Top Drop Vancouver returned for its third successful year on September 7 and 8, with proceeds benefitting the BCHF. Founders Kurtis Kolt and Jeff Curry, along with their team supported the Foundation with more than $3,000 in support.
* The Victoria International Wine Festival took place on September 23-24 and was another incredible event, showcasing great wines from all around the world. The BCHF is grateful for the support of the organizers.
* Kitsilano’s Sunset Grill held its monthly charity Bingo night on Sunday, September 25, featuring a guest appearance from BCHF beneficiary, and celebrated crooner Bobby Bacchus, aka Darcy Murdoch. We very much appreciate their support and hope to do it again one day soon.
* Vancouver Island’s Truffles Group, comprised of Cascadia Liquor Stores (6 locations across Vancouver Island), Truffles Catering, Habitat Catering at Royal Roads, Canoe Brewpub, Victoria Butterfly Gardens and Sequoia Coastal Coffee at the Royal BC Museum, has chosen the BCHF as this year’s charitable partner. In 2016 alone, the group has raised more than $5,200 in support of new Island beneficiaries.
* Tourism Vancouver held its popular annual open house on October 6, with proceeds from the Toonie Bar donated to the BCHF. Always a fun evening, we’re already looking forward to next year.
* The last two New Product Salons of the year were held by the IVSA in Vancouver (October 31) and Victoria (November 1), each of them in support of the BCHF. Nearly $2,000 was raised from both tastings. Thank you to each and every attendee who donated to the industry’s charity.
Mark Your Calendar
Upcoming events to benefit the BCHF:
November 11-13, 2016: Monogram ‘Pop Up’ Dinner Series
November 16, 2016: Barbeque Bliss at Memphis Blues
May 18, 2017: Dish ‘n Dazzle featuring Wines of Chile
May 23-24, 2017: Top Drop Vancouver
July 23, 2017: Brewery & the Beast Vancouver
September 24, 2017: Brewery & the Beast Victoria
To stay up to date on all upcoming events visit the calendar, and follow us on social media @bchospitality.