The Great Canadian Ultimate Game

On Saturday night I participated in the Great Canadian Ultimate Game, a 25-hour, cross-Canada ultimate relay organized by Ultimate Canada where players in 23 communities across the country each played a single ultimate game to raise money for 2 really worthy charities, Right To Play and Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada. The Vancouver leg was scheduled to run from 10-11pm at Andy Livingstone field. I showed up expecting the game to be played much like a lot of pick-up ultimate is played – sort-of half-assed, with a lot of hucking, and not terribly serious. Boy was I wrong! Instead it was highly-skilled, hard-fought and really spirited, in the best of ways. I played on Team Red, representing Right to Play. In our particular leg, Team Red beat Team White 13-11. However, after the final leg, played from 11pm-midnight in Surrey, Team White won the overall game, 253-251.

The game was setup so that each player donated at least $10, and then the charities would receive the money in a 60-40 split. While the total funds raised isn’t known yet, it should be around $7000. A great amount for the inaugural year of this fundraiser. I certainly hope that this will become an annual event where we can raise even more money and awareness.

Announcing: Vancouver Stories 2010

Last year, Think City held the first annual “Vancouver Stories” fundraiser event at Heritage Hall here in Vancouver. This event is a fundraiser for our now third annual Jane’s Walk event, in celebration of Jane Jacobs. This year’s event is coming up very soon, March 24th, also at Heritage Hall.

Vancouver Stories is a cocktail party and silent auction featuring Vancouver products, services and experiences, along with stories past and present as told by Vancouver notables. Last year, over 130 people turned out to listen to the tales told about our city (you can watch my embarrassingly amateurish video of Kim’s introduction from last year on YouTube). My bias is clear (I’m a Think City board member), but the silent auction had some pretty awesome items last year, and it looks even better this year.

Storytellers for 2010 include First Nations government advisor and Musqueam member Michele Guerin, recording artist Veda Hille, and architect and past Jane’s Walk host Annabel Vaughan.

The cost to attend this event is $60, and you can buy a ticket at the Think City website.

When: March 24th, 2009, 7-10 PM
Where: Heritage Hall, 3102 Main St., Vancouver
How Much: $60.00

Note: If you’d like to come, but cannot afford $60, contact Think City – we have a limited number of sponsored tickets for people who cannot afford to come but would like to be there. Likewise, if either you yourself cannot come, or would like to sponsor a ticket for someone else, you can do so on the registration page.

Vancouver Foodbank Tweetup Fundraiser – Dec 2 @ Library Square Public House

Let’s raise some money for the Vancouver Food Bank! This year, more than ever, the Food Bank needs our help – more people need their services, and donations are down.

So, Wednesday, December 2nd, I’m organizing a Tweetup at Library Square Public House. Please bring donations, either cash or food to donate to the foodbank. We’ll then give the donations on behalf of Vancouver Twitterers during the CBC’s foodbank drive on December 4th. Thank you to Donelly Hospitality for providing a location!

Details:
Vancouver Foodbank Fundraiser Tweetup
Dcember 2nd, 2009  5:00pm
Location: Library Square Public House, 300 W. Georgia Street

Bring: Cash to donate to the Foodbank!

When donating to the foodback, cash is best – your every $1 will buy $3 worth of food. However, we’re going to stretch that! I’m please to announce that my company, Pencilneck Software, will match the first $500 in donations, so your $1 will buy $6 worth of food. If you or your company would like to match also, please let me know and I’ll add you to the list below:

Companies/Groups matching donations (in alphabetical order):

TOTAL MATCHING DONATIONS: $900

So, are you in?

UPDATE: Can’t make the event? Donate online! My sincerest thank you to PincGiving who are awesome and have donated a “donate now” button to this event, so that we can maximize our contributions to the Foodbank. All donations made between now & December 4th through this button will be counted towards matching donations, so please give! This button will live hear and to the right of my site:

Donate Now

If you’d like to add this button to your site, simply copy & paste the following code below:

<a href=”https://VancouverFoodbankTweetUpFundraiser.pincgiving.com”><img style=”border:none;” src=”https://www.pincgiving.com/images/gateway/buttons-3.png” alt=”Donate Now” /></a>

Vancouver Stories – a Think City Fundraiser

I would like to invite you to join Think City and me for an evening of Vancouver stories on Thursday, March 19 at the Heritage Hall.

Hosted by CBC Radio’s Bill Richardson, Vancouver Stories is a cocktail party and silent auction featuring Vancouver memorabilia and experiences, along with stories past and present as told by Vancouver notables. Storytellers include former CBC Radio Basic Black contributor Andreas Schroeder, community advocate Shirley Chan and civic historian John Atkin.

What: Cocktail party, story-telling and silent auction
When: Thursday, March 19, 7:00-10:00 PM
Where: Heritage Hall, 3102 Main St., Vancouver
Cost: $50

Last May, Think City, along with 600-plus Vancouverites celebrated the legacy of urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs with a series of free walking tours called Jane’s Walk. Over 30 Jane’s Walks were held in neighbourhoods all over the city. Help make this year’s Jane’s Walk an even greater success and buy or sponsor a ticket to Vancouver Stories.

Click here, for more information or to register.