We are thrilled to announce our 33rd event, the Friends & Company Fall Luncheon. Please join us on Friday, October 30, for a gourmet 3-course lunch at what is arguably Vancouver's number one culinary destination, the award-winning Hawksworth Restaurant at the beautiful and historic Rosewood Hotel Georgia. As always, this event will benefit the anti-bullying and gay-straight alliance work of Out in Schools.
Our special guest speaker will be internationally renowned scholar, Dr. Martin Laba, former Director of Simon Fraser University's School of Communication. Dr. Laba developed the area of Applied Communication for Social Issues and he designed a wide range of communication / education strategies to address issues including HIV/AIDS (prevention, stigmatization, and other issues). Dr. Laba has served on the Boards of Directors of AIDS Vancouver and the Vancouver Friends For Life Society where served as President for six years. In both cases, Dr. Laba played leading roles in the formative articulation and assertion of the organizational missions and on the importance of straight allies as advocates in the public sphere. Dr. Laba is a renowned author, speaker, and critic, and for many years, he has held a prominent place in media and education as a forceful and authoritative ally.
Dr. Laba's presentation, Agents of Change: Allies and Advocates, will reflect upon his own experiences as a straight ally and will offer insights into the responsibilities of all allies as advocates for sustained awareness and for decisive and positive social change. Dr. Laba's presentation will be followed by a Q&A period.
This event will once again be hosted by none other than our very own resident Friends & Company emcee, the ever-charming and always entertaining Robert Kaiser. Robert is perhaps best known as the talent behind Vancouver's most recognizable drag queen, the world class, Joan-E. Robert is also a long time and highly respected fixture in Vancouver's LGBTQ philanthropy and entertainment communities. He serves as Director of LGBTQA Special Projects at TELUS, a role he carries out both as Robert and Joan-E. He is a two-time recipient of medals from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, having been awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 for his work in community service and again in 2012 when he received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal.
Your ticket includes a 3-course gourmet lunch, prepared by David Hawksworth's award-winning culinary team (vegan and gluten-free options will be available),complimentary award-winning wine from Le Vieux Pin, BC's leading boutique winery, a chance at winning lots of fabulous door prizes (including the latest smartphone from our friends at TELUS), a chance to participate in a 50/50 draw benefiting Out in Schools, and of course, lots of opportunities to connect with great people.
Tickets are an incredible value at $40 each (plus tax and a small ticket processing fee that is charged by our ticket service provider). The luncheon will take place in Hawksworth's famous York Room private dining room, which overlooks the grounds of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Coffee, tea, soft drinks, and wine from our generous friends at Le Vieux Pin Winery, will be complimentary. Other drinks will be available on a cash basis. Registration starts at 12:00 and lunch starts at 12:30 sharp. The event wraps up around 2:30. Due to physical space limitations, there will only be 63 spaces available, so please don't delay getting your ticket if you wish to attend!
(Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and other special dietary needs can be accommodated — please speak to your server).
We would like to thank our generous sponsors, without whom our events would not be possible. Please take a moment to check them out! And please be sure to stay tuned for more upcoming events!
On behalf of Out in Schools, we would like to thank you for your support. Thank you to everyone who attended any of our sold out events to date! Together, we raised tens of thousands of dollars for Out in Schools, money that directly enables Out in Schools facilitators to reach students all over BC. On top of this, our corporate sponsors and community partners have given many tens of thousands more to Out in Schools at Friends & Company events throughout the year. All of this is undeniable proof that together, we can make a difference for young LGBTQ people in our communities. Thank you.
On a serious note: Friends & Company, Out in Schools, and our sponsors remind you to please drink responsibly and plan a safe ride home. Please don't drink and drive. Thank you.