Vancouver, BC, January 9, 2020: VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation aims to close its $60 million Future of Surgery campaign for the $145 million transformation of surgical facilities at both hospitals at its upcoming Lion Way Properties Time to Shine gala on February 1.

The Future of Surgery campaign aims to strengthen the resources of both VGH and UBC Hospital to support a single, state-of-the-art, efficient, effective surgical program. This includes building a 40-bed perioperative care unit, 16 new operating rooms at Vancouver General Hospital, and enhanced inpatient units at UBC Hospital.

The Lion Way Properties Time to Shine gala will connect supporters and philanthropists from the Asian community in and around Metro Vancouver to help ensure our medical teams have the best technology and equipment to undertake their life-saving work.

Since its launch in 2015, the gala has raised a total of $15.4 million to support the Future of Surgery and other urgent needs in health care. This year’s gala is especially noteworthy as the Foundation is in the final stretch of the campaign and the Lion Way Properties Time to Shine gala aims to close the final fundraising gap.

“We have seen tremendous support from communities across BC, including the Chinese-Canadian community and the real estate development sector. We are greatly inspired by the generosity we have received in the past four years at the Time to Shine gala,” said Angela Chapman, President and CEO of VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. “We look forward to gathering together with the community and celebrating our achievement at the upcoming gala with the aim of drawing to a successful close the $60 million Future of Surgery campaign.”

This year’s title sponsor for the Time to Shine gala is Lion Way Properties Ltd., a Vancouver-based real estate development company. Its founder and CEO, Willie Li, immigrated to Canada 11 years ago and is the first title sponsor of the gala from mainland China.

“At Lion Way Properties, we are committed to building a better — and healthier — community,” said Willie Li, founder and CEO of Lion Way Properties Ltd. “This is why we are proud to partner with VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation in making the Future of Surgery a reality.”

The Lion Way Properties Time to Shine gala will take place on February 1 at the Fairmont Pacific Rim. The evening will feature fine dining from Chef John Carlo Felicella and the BC Culinary team in collaboration with Chef Glenn Thompson, as well as contemporary décor and an exclusive selection of unique auction items.

“We are currently less than $5 million away from reaching our $60 million campaign goal,” says Chapman. “We believe we can breakthrough that total at the 2020 Lion Way Properties Time to Shine gala, and bring the Future of Surgery to British Columbia.”

VGH and UBC Hospital are centres of surgical excellence caring for 60 per cent of all adult trauma cases in BC. With 50 per cent of surgical patients from outside Vancouver, more than 30,000 surgeries are completed each year — saving and improving the lives of our loved ones.

About VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation

VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation is Vancouver Coastal Health‘s primary philanthropic partner, raising funds for specialized adult health services and research for all British Columbians. We partner with donors to drive innovation and sustainable health care at VGH, UBC Hospital, GF Strong Rehab Centre, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, and Vancouver Community Health Services.

About Lion Way Properties Ltd.

Lion Way Properties Ltd. is a Vancouver-based real estate development company creating distinct, innovative spaces for people to build their life story. Headed by accomplished developer, Willie Li, Lion Way Properties brings over a decade of experience to the development and execution of properties across the Lower Mainland.
Combining the talents of best-in-class architects, designers, and builders, Lion Way Properties’ upcoming The Landmark will bring a boutique styled luxury retail and office project to the heart of Richmond, the likes of which the city has never seen before.


Media Contacts:

Joanna Frandsen
Edelman Vancouver

Daisy Xiong
Edelman Vancouver

Elizabeth Moffat
VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation