Govan Brown



Susan Featherstone is amazed by the amount raised through the March 25 charity casino event co-hosted by BLJC and Govan Brown to benefit the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. The fundraising goal of $25,000 was exceeded by $22,000 for a final total of $47,000.  “We knew the event would be a success. However, I never dreamt we could do so well with our very first event,” says Featherstone, who co-organized the charity casino with BLJC staff member Mary Lou Horton. Featherstone notes, thanks is in order for all those who contributed to the evening’s success. Beyond the extraordinary fundraising success, the inaugural event was a triumph in terms of the number of people engaged and the fun had by all.  About 300 guests, including clients, suppliers, BLJC staff and their families and friends attended the event at the Hilton Suites Hotel in Markham, where an elegantly festive ambience was created with soft lighting, balloon bouquets and pink up-lights.  Guests had an opportunity to play casino games with casino dollars rather than real money, sample an array of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and enjoy live music from the band Midlife Crisis. More than $25,000 worth of merchandise, much of it donated by BLJC and Govan Brown suppliers, was sold  in a  silent  auction  for

cash and a live auction with casino chips. Featherstone notes the most exhilarating part of the evening was the excitement created by the live auction.  With a wide range of items available, from a $50 barbecue tool to a $1,000 travel voucher, the bidding became very heated. The most coveted item was an iPhone, which sold for 205,000 casino dollars. Featherstone notes many guests purchased additional chips to spend in the live auction.  “Everyone had a great time,” she says.  BLJC president Gord Hicks and Govan Brown co-owner Jon Taylor were hosts for the evening.  Staff that assisted at the casino included the following: Joe Bile, Eddie Camilleri, Melanie Thornber, Eva John, Paulette Zahoor, Angela West, Rebecca Brain, Tara Treml, Trish Watson, Lathipa Kathiravel, Arpita Patel, Dar Lei, Rocco Longhi  and Yau Sun Ma. Featherstone notes special thanks goes to Ginny Lovelace of Govan Brown for her assistance in securing sponsorships and donations.   Corporate sponsorships were secured from the following BLJC and Govan Brown suppliers: Adelt Mechanical Works, Brookfield Properties, Camden Glass, Deloitte & Touche LLP, First Capital Realty, Four Seasons Drywall systems & Acoustics Ltd., Haworth, HOK Canada, Johnson Controls, Pinchin Enviro-

nmental Ltd., Refined Corporate Finishes Ltd., TELUS Business Solutions and Trillium Architectural Products Ltd.  Representatives from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation attended as well. They included CEO Sandra Palmero, director of development Tracy Figg, senior development officer Andrea Lucas, development co-ordinator Catherine Nguyen and Leaders for the Cure co-chair Christina Kramer. Featherstone says there are definitely plans for a second casino charity in 2011. BLJC supports the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation in other ways as well. Hicks is the real estate cabinet chair for the foundation’s Leaders for the Cure program for 2009-2010.  In addition, BLJC has launched a program called Casual for Cancer Fridays which sees staff make a two-dollar donation to dress casually for the day. Over the past six months $1,000 has been raised through that initiative.  “Our vision is to help the foundation create a future without breast cancer,” says Featherstone. “One in nine Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in our lifetime, and it is our hope that with our small contribution we can change that.”