GALA 2009

Shake Your Groove Thing

On April 17, 2009 over 300 people were welcomed by Honorary Chairs, Paolo and Clara Aquilini, as they gathered at the nostalgic Richard’s on Richards Nightclub for a fundraising event benefiting Autism. Guests had the opportunity to bid on coveted live and silent auction items, dine, drink and dance to the music of one of Vancouver’s most popular DJs. Funds from this event were targeted at the Phoenix Academy of Learning Society, the Canucks Autism Network and The Autism Clinical Genetic Research Team at BC Children’s Hospital. Thank you to all the volunteers who made this evening a success. The generous support of all the sponsors and donors of this event will directly enhance the lives of many families living with autism.

Shake Gala Chairs

Sherry Floren and Peter Marshall

Shake Volunteer Committee

Clara Aquilini
Allison Arai
Stania Bedford
Susan Carhoun
Anne Carson
Teri Christopher
Karine Goldsmid
Homa Harandi
Katy Harandi
Sussan Harandi
Nancy Jones
Annabelle Joyce
Tammy Kalla
Glenn Laufer
Aida Leung
Joanne McDonald
Cindy Maltman
Monique Nelson
Carol Prest
Devi Sangara
Jodi Simkin
Stacy Sprague
Kathy Virvillis
Steph Williams
Alice Wong

Major Sponsors


In-kind Sponsors

Omni Diversity Television and Vancouver Sun

Erica Sigurdson  (

Carmelina Cupo (

Dave Martone (

Siku Vodka, John and Lori Teti and Prospect Winery

Homa Harandi, Upright Decor, Lonsdale Event Rentals and Phoenix Tents

Daryl Kahn Cline Photography and Adam and Kev Photography

Richard’s on Richards, Park Avenue Valet, Premier Security Inc., Dancing with Spices, Corey Fischer, Allegra Printing and Colorific

Auction Donors

  • Alexis Palkowski
  • Alice and Jimmy Wong
  • Allison Arai
  • Andrew McDermott
  • Anne Carson
  • Army and Navy
  • Atlantis Programs
  • Avenue Grill
  • Ayako Archer
  • Azia Restaurant
  • Bard on the Beach
  • Beach House
  • Best Buy Canada
  • BMW Store
  • Body and Soul Healthand Fitness Ltd.
  • Browns Social House
  • Burberry
  • Butter Baked Goods
  • Canucks
  • Capers
  • Carrington Stables
  • Casey Maltman
  • Catalano Estate Wines
  • Century Plaza Hotel and Spa
  • Christy Feaver Designs
  • Claus Severin
  • Club Aviva
  • Costen Catbalue
  • Crave Restaurant
  • Daniel Le Chocolat Belge
  • Dave Martone
  • David Watt
  • David Wood
  • Deep Cove Canoe and Kayak
  • Devon St. Amour
  • District of West Vancouver
  • Dr. Jim Yeganegi Image Smiles Dental
  • E.B. Games Canada
  • EA Games Canada
  • Echo Valley Ranch & Spa
  • Enda B
  • Ernest Ng
  • FAB
  • Facial Rejuvenation Clinic
  • Felicity Currin and the Flip Flop Shop
  • Fitness World
  • Fletchers Fabricare
  • Forehand Foods Group Inc
  • Four Seasons Hotel
  • Fraser Engel
  • Gary Gates
  • Golden Eagle Golf Club
  • Granville Entertainment Group
  • Granville Entertainment Group
  • Granville Island Hotel
  • Great Canadian Casinos
  • Halo Salon
  • Helijet
  • Hilliard Designs
  • Hills of Kerrisdale
  • Innovative Fitness
  • James Wendland
  • Jay Ono
  • Jeannie Kim
  • John Floren
  • John Floren
  • Kathleen Winton
  • Katy Harandi
  • Katy Harandi
  • Lady Sport
  • Le Petit Spa
  • Leone
  • Lillian Lum
  • Links of London
  • Luis Credo
  • Mary Chernoff
  • Michael Gill
  • Michael V. Spicer
  • Michelle Kambolis
  • North South Travel
  • Obsession Bikes
  • Pacific National Exhibition
  • Pan Pacific Vancouver
  • Patty Ampleford
  • Peter Marshall
  • Predator Ridge
  • Provence Marinaside
  • Refrigerative Supply
  • Robert Palkowski
  • Rodeo Jewellers
  • Rodos Kouzina
  • Scott Elliott
  • Shake Committee Volunteers
  • Shake Committee Volunteers
  • Shelly Hilliard
  • Simpatico Ristorante
  • Skylight Images
  • Steph, Teri, Susan Carhoun
  • Steve Nash Sports Club
  • Stong’s Market
  • Student of PALS
  • Sue Carhoun
  • Tammy Kalla
  • The Perfect Gift
  • The Secret Garden Tea Company
  • The Tea Room
  • Thomas Haas Fine Pastries and Desserts Ltd
  • Town and Country Equestrian
  • Trent Imagecare Inc.
  • Trev Deeley
  • Twist Fashions Inc.
  • Tyrell Brandvold
  • Umberto Meghi
  • Urban Tea Merchant
  • Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports
  • Vancouver Whitecaps
  • Victoria Raffii
  • VSO
  • Wedgewood Hotel
  • West Coast Fishing Club
  • Westcoast Hot Yoga
  • Westin Resort and Spa
  • Westland Insurance
  • Westland Insurance
  • Whitehall Agencies
  • Yuni Kim
  • Ziptrek Ecotours

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