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RIPPLE EFFECT: As a very young child, Obakki Foundation founder Treana Peake was the recipient of a beautiful act of kindness. Peake and her mother annually received a white envelope of money that was anonymously slipped under their front door. There was never a return address or a note of explanation.
“Without the envelope of funds, there would have been no birthdays, no Christmas, and no food on the table,” she explained.
Growing up, Peake often wondered why someone would do it so quietly, never receiving any thanks, recognition or praise. She would never learn who her angel benefactor was.
The gesture of kindness became the essence of who Peake is and how the successful businesswoman lives her life — helping others. Peake’s foundation has been quietly transforming the lives of individuals in Bidi Bidi, one of the world’s largest refugee settlement camps in Uganda.
Some 285,000 people — mainly women and children — fleeing a brutal civil war, violence and famine have taken the long journey from South Sudan to Uganda in search of a better tomorrow. Making the trip countless times, Peake has seen first hand the impact of her work and where it is needed most; from clean water initiatives and medical care to economic enterprises and education support.
Peake has been a powerful voice for the voiceless. To support her ongoing efforts, the humanitarian hosted her inaugural White Envelope Gala, enlisting Nickelback (her husband Ryan is the guitarist), Dan Mangan, Scott Helman, Barney Bentall and Dallas Green of City and Colour to headline her outdoor soirée.
The intimate party saw 200 of the province’s most affluent — philanthropists, business titans and industry leaders — arrive with their exclusive white invitation to the star-studded affair staged in the backyard of Peake’s West Vancouver waterfront home. A parade of black limos chauffeuring attendees dotted the road to the private engagement, sponsored by Nicola Wealth Management.
Realizing the ripple effect of their own generosity, guests dug deep into their designer purses and wallets during the paddle raise and live auction to support Peake’s cause. The event saw maximum impact with more than $450,000 raised. Among the heavyweights spotted: Arya and Hamid Eshghi, Dana and John Montalbano, Melita and Lorne Segal, Jenny and John Newell and Nicole and Vern Milani.
Following the extraordinary night of giving, everyone was rewarded with an unforgettable concert under the stars by Canada’s top talents, capped off with a surprise performance by crooner Michael Buble and his to-be-superstar niece Jayde Buble.
Since its creation, over two million people have reportedly received support through the foundation and it can all be traced back to one person’s anonymous act of kindness.
YVR For Kids Gala
YVR GALA SOARS: As usual Nigel Newsome, president of the Clear Skies Foundation, led the charge of the annual YVR for KIDS golf tourney and fundraising dinner.
From humble beginnings the YVR Airport-sponsored gala has become a major event for the airport community and source of funds for worthy local children’s charities. For one night, airlines, hotels, ground handling companies and construction companies set aside their differences and rivalries and focused on the children who need their help.
A full field first teed off bright and early under sunny skies at the Quilchena Golf and Country Club. Following the day of golf and camaraderie on the fairways, players joined several hundred supporters who checked in at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel for the benefit dinner and auction. In total, some 450 supporters packed the main ballroom for the awards ceremony and evening of fun and games. Veteran sports broadcaster and aspiring politico Steve Darling once again fronted the hoi poloi.
A successful $1,800 bid to be the first to eat signalled an impressive night ahead. Attendees would follow that up by further bidding up bucket list experiences in the silent auction. A spirited live auction led by Howard Blank and the first ever cake raffle added to the buying frenzy. It would all culminate with a final call-out for cash, where attendees responded in spades helping push the event’s final tally beyond the $300,000 mark — up $50,000 from last year’s impressive haul.
Luminaries making the scene included Richmond mayor Malcolm Brodie, YVR Airport Authority’s Reg Krake, 3BP Solutions CEO Ian Matheson, Richmond RCMP Superintendent Will Ng, Air Transat’s Rod Ramage, Alaska Airlines Donna Sawyer and Canuck Place Children’s Hospice’s Debbie Butt, the program keynote. Since its inception, the community affair has generated more than $4 million for children’s charities.