Feel Good About Giving Back: Can’t-Miss Fall Charity Events

As we wrap up the summer months and prepare for the back-to-school season, it can be easy to forget to acknowledge and support the needs of others. These upcoming charity events are a great way to enjoy an evening out, while giving back to some important charities and organizations in and around the city.

Feel good about giving back, and enjoy these special events in the process. Here are some can’t-miss charity events coming up this Fall:

Teacher Appreciation Night – Vancouver Aquarium (Thursday, August 30)

To recognize and appreciate the contributions of the amazing educators in our community, the Vancouver Aquarium is hosting a special Teacher Appreciation Night on Thursday, August 30th from 7-9pm.

They will be presenting three awards to recognize an individual educator, a collaborative project, and an education organization that have made a difference to the broader community. Scott MacDonald, the B.C. Deputy Minister of Education, and Teri Mooring, 1st Vice President, are among the guests presenting awards.

The even is free for educators, education administrators, and support staff, and the evening will include access to exhibits, unique giveaways, and a cash bar. To learn more and to buy tickets, click on the link below.

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Special Eats – Picnic In The Park (September 1)

Head to this first annual event on September 1st from 12pm – 3pm, which is dedicated to creating memorable experiences for those families with challenging circumstances.

Organized by a single mom of two whose child is autistic, has mild cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and apraxia of speech, Special Eats was created so that families like hers could enjoy was typical families take for granted – eating out.

Tickets include a delicious gourmet BBQ, and an all-you-can-eat salad bar prepared by Humble Roots.  Kids eat free but you must reserve a ticket for them.  Please bring your own blanket or lawn chairs for comfort. For more information or to book your tickets, please click on the link below.

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Ronald McDonald House – A Night to Dream Gala (Thursday, October 11)

Join the Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon for the 16th annual A Night to Dream Gala on Thursday, October 11th at JW Marriott Parq Vancouver. The elegant evening will include fine food and wine, dancing, and an exclusive live and silent auction in celebration of this amazing community that keeps families close when it matters most.


Each year, hundreds of families from across BC and the Yukon travel to Vancouver in search of life-saving treatment for their children. Far from their homes, they desperately need affordable accommodation and a place to stay together under one roof. Through generous donations and fundraisers like the A Night to Dream Gala, the Ronald McDonald House is able to offer a home away from home, a community of support, and a restful space for families to heal better together. Since its inception, this sold-out gala has raised over $3 million for the seriously ill children and families that call Ronald McDonald House home.

To learn more and to buy tickets, please click on the link below.

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Arts Umbrella Splash Art Auction and Gala (Saturday, October 13)

Be sure to buy your tickets to the 36th Annual Arts Umbrella Splash Art Auction and Gala, happening on Saturday, October 11th at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.

This magical night features Arts Umbrella’s highly anticipated art auction and gala, the proceeds from which support youth arts programming across Metro Vancouver. Presented by TD Bank Group, the annual event brings art lovers together for a show-stopping evening featuring live performances, delicious food, and, at its core, a comprehensive art auction comprised of nearly 100 pieces by prominent B.C. artists, including Douglas Coupland, Marie Khouri, Jeff Wall, Etienne Zack, and more.

Guests will be treated to live performances by the Arts Umbrella Dance Company and Pre-Professional Theatre Troupes, as well as an exclusive showing of a student-created Claymation video. Afterward, guests are invited to hit the dance floor and groove all night long to the musical stylings of DJ Chloe. 

For more information or to buy tickets, please click on the link below.

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