Jacqui Cohen, Founder of Face the World Foundation with Rob Menard

Jacqui Cohen, Founder of Face the World Foundation with Rob Menard

Anna Wallner, Worldwide Bag Media and Fiona Forbes, Ladypants Productions

Anna Wallner, Worldwide Bag Media and Fiona Forbes, Ladypants Productions

Phil Barnes, Regional Vice President of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts with Jodi Guthrie

Phil Barnes, Regional Vice President of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts with Jodi Guthrie

Mike Killeen, CTV News Vancouver and Jill Killeen, Board Member, Face the World

Mike Killeen, CTV News Vancouver and Jill Killeen, Board Member, Face the World

Justus Parmar, The Parmar Group and Fiona Keller, MacQuarie Mortgages 

Justus Parmar, The Parmar Group and Fiona Keller, MacQuarie Mortgages 

James Shavick, OUTtv and wife, Joy MacPhail

James Shavick, OUTtv and wife, Joy MacPhail

Artist Dina Goldstein and husband, Jonas Quastel

Artist Dina Goldstein and husband, Jonas Quastel

Artist Tiko Kerr with partner, Craig Shervey

Artist Tiko Kerr with partner, Craig Shervey

Colleen Wilkinson, Pacific Wine & Spirits, sponsor of Champagne Taittinger with gala host Jacqui Cohen

Colleen Wilkinson, Pacific Wine & Spirits, sponsor of Champagne Taittinger with gala host Jacqui Cohen

Board Member Christie King with Kevin Chase

Board Member Christie King with Kevin Chase

Producer Tom Rowe with wife and evening's Co-MC, Vicki Gabereau

Producer Tom Rowe with wife and evening's Co-MC, Vicki Gabereau

Designer Feizal Virani with Kasondra Cohen-Herrendorf, Founder, Face of Today

Designer Feizal Virani with Kasondra Cohen-Herrendorf, Founder, Face of Today

Champagne Taittinger Ice Bar

Champagne Taittinger Ice Bar

Artist Dina Goldstein with 'Breakfast' from "In the Dollhouse" series, Live Auction

Artist Dina Goldstein with 'Breakfast' from "In the Dollhouse" series, Live Auction

Dennis Wasylenko with partner Simon Cooksley, Simon Cooksley Design, Event Producer

Dennis Wasylenko with partner Simon Cooksley, Simon Cooksley Design, Event Producer

Jonathan Oldman, The Bloom Group, Recipient

Jonathan Oldman, The Bloom Group, Recipient

Marianne and Umberto Menghi celebrating with Jacqui Cohen

Marianne and Umberto Menghi celebrating with Jacqui Cohen

Craig Northey, Odds with Canadian singer-songwriter Steven Page, a founding member of Barenaked Ladies and now solo artist

Craig Northey, Odds with Canadian singer-songwriter Steven Page, a founding member of Barenaked Ladies and now solo artist

The 'Retro Red' Tent

The 'Retro Red' Tent

Steven Page performs with Odds

Steven Page performs with Odds

Neil Aisenstat, Hy's Vancouver and Gotham Steakhouse with lawyer, Jessica Taylor

Neil Aisenstat, Hy's Vancouver and Gotham Steakhouse with lawyer, Jessica Taylor

On Saturday, May 14th, local philanthropist and Army and Navy President Jacqui Cohen hosted the Face the World Foundation's 26th annual gala at her beautiful waterfront home. 

The city and country's most prominent business and community leaders were all in attendance, raising more than $700,000 for charities throughout the Lower Mainland, particularly focusing on charities that support abused women and children, the elderly, and the homeless. 

Guests enjoyed the glamorous affair with drinks sponsored by Taittinger, and delicious meals by Hy's Vancouver and Gotham Steakhouse, while seated in a specially-created "retro red" tent decorated by Simon Cooksley. There were many highlights to the evening, including a live and silent auction with fabulous works of art by Dina Goldstein and Tiko Kerr, and hotel stays at The Savoy-London and Point Yamu in Phuket. Steven Page and Vancouver's Odds had everyone on the dance floor till the end of the night. 

The biggest news from the event was Cohen and her daughter Kasondra Cohen-Herrendorf announcing that their charitable foundations, Face the World and Face of Today, will join forces in 2017. 

"My mother has been my role model and inspiration," said Kasondra Cohen-Herrendorf, who started Face of Today nine years ago. "Like my mother and grandmother, I feel a tremendous responsibility to ensure the Cohen family is there to continue to support organizations in-need, in Vancouver. The needs of charitable groups in our city continue to grow, and we have an opportunity to give back and change lives."

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Photos by Jamie Lee Fuoco and Paul Duchart