Message from our Executive Director

Welcome to the summer 2018 issue of the BC Hospitality Foundation newsletter! I know that many of us are looking forward to a busy summer ahead, but I'd like to take a quick look at what we've already accomplished this year.
The BCHF's annual fundraiser, Dish 'n Dazzle, took place in Vancouver on May 10th. The event was highly successful, with over 390 guests enjoying an evening of food, wine, and socializing. The Silent Auction raised over $11,000, the cocktail competition drew cheers from the crowd, and a lucky raffle winner will be taking 8 people to Joe Fortes for a great night out. Thanks to our wine sponsor Wines of Argentina, our spirits sponsors, the participating restaurants, and last but NOT least, all our fabulous volunteers, who made it happen! A full list of participating restaurants and sponsors can be found here

We're going to need additional assistance from volunteers for upcoming events this summer, so I hope you'll read the Call for Volunteers below and make time in your schedule to help out if you can.
In 2018 we've already given funds to 14 hospitality industry workers in need, and we anticipate more requests for assistance in the coming months. Although we currently have a number of fundraising programs and events in the works (see below), we're always looking for fresh ideas and opportunities to raise money, so please feel free to contact me at or 604-986-3262 if you have suggestions.
I hope you enjoy the summer ahead!

Executive Director

BCHF Scholarships

The BCHF's scholarship program is arguably less well known than our financial assistance program, but it's no less important to us. This year we've awarded a total of $34,000 to 22 students enrolled in qualifying sommelier, hospitality, and culinary training programs in BC. The recipients are a diverse group of individuals, ranging from a Grade 12 student who is already a Skills Canada regional gold medalist for the culinary arts, to a business school student who plans to combine hospitality with the field of law, to a hospitality professional who already has a decade of experience in sales & marketing, talent acquisition, and more.
While the scholarship money will help recipients with their expenses, the BCHF's Executive Director Dana Harris is also making a point of introducing each scholarship winner to the sponsor of the scholarship they're receiving. We believe that making a personal connection between the students and the sponsors is "as good as gold" when it comes to furthering students' future success in their chosen field, and we want to help them as much as we can.

Upcoming Events 

It is our pleasure to share the following list of upcoming events, which includes 
BC Hospitality Foundation events as well as events put on by our supporters.    The events will not only create awareness of our work, but will also raise funds for the Foundation.

ChefmeetsBC Grape - Okanagan - June 23 - 

Vancouver Canadias vs. Salem Keiser @ Nat Bailey Stadium 1:00 p.m. 

Vancouver Golf TournamentJuly 10 - Westwood Plateau - We are halfway booked, don't miss it!   Register here

Brewery and the BeastJuly 29 - Concord Pacific 

Victoria Golf TournamentAugust 28 - Bear Mountain - Filling up fast! 

Hotels to Help raffle - October 9 to 22

Fundraising is Key and You Can Help

Summer Campaigns

May the Odds be Ever in Our Favour, Thanks to
This June, is hosting an initiative called  the Great Canadian Giving Challenge. Every dollar donated on the site is automatically entered into a draw to win an additional $10,000 for the chosen charity. Please consider donating on the site between June 1st and 30th to increase our odds of winning the Challenge! Minimum donation is $3.00. Donate directly HERE.
A & W Float Fundraiser at Vancouver Canadians Game
On July 1st we'll be selling floats at a Vancouver Canadians baseball game. We can sell up to 1,000 A & W floats at a minimum of $1.00 each, although we'll be welcoming larger donations at the fun Canada Day family event. Please see the Call for Volunteers section below!

Help ABLE BC and VI Banking ATM raise $2000 for the BC Hospitality Foundation

This summer: VI Banking will donate $2000 to the BC Hospitality Foundation for every 6 locations that install a VI Banking ATM at their establishment by August 31, 2018. Pub, bar, nightclub, liquor store, or hotel - small or large - anyone can get involved!
About ABLE BC's ATM agreement with VI Banking
Our pre-negotiated agreement with VI Banking is unlike anything else available: VI Banking provides you with a zero-risk day-to-day agreement designed to maximize your revenue stream. 
ABLE BC members keep 100% of the surcharge, no matter what you set the surcharge. Plus: no cancellation fees or charges, no maintenance or upgrade fees or charges, and complimentary ATM paper.  
What you can do next: contact VI Banking ATM
To learn more about our ATM agreement, install an ATM at your establishment, and help us reach our $2000 fundraising goal, please contact: Jeff Stewart (President, VI Banking) at  or 250-947-5856. 

Call for Volunteers

We have lots of volunteer opportunities for you and your family and friends to get together and enjoy an event while giving back this summer!
Please register with us directly here to be included in our outreach: 

If any of the items below are of interest please email Lucy Cayuela at:
June 23, Chef meets BC Grape - Okanagan
  • Our partner, the BCWI, needs volunteers to assist with set up, tear down and event day activities.
  • Please register with us or directly with the BCWI here:

Sunday, July 1 (Canada Day) - A&W Float Fundraiser @ Vancouver Canadians Game
We need your help selling floats at a Vancouver Canadians baseball game.
  • We need a mascot (The Great A&W Root Bear), a mascot wrangler as well as people to work the line, collect donations, and more.  
  • It's a fun day when we get to make a lot of people happy and collect a bunch of money for the BCHF - a win-win!
  • Each volunteer will receive a complimentary t-shirt (so please let us know your t-shirt size) and a ticket to the game (which you'll be able to watch after we sell out of floats - usually by the 3rd or 4th inning). 
Tuesday, July 10 - BCHF Vancouver Golf Tournament @ Westwood Plateau Golf Course
  • Lots of opportunities to help
Sunday, July 29, 2018 - Brewery and the Beast - Concord Pacific Place
  • 50/50 ticket sales from 1 - 4 pm
Tuesday, August 28 - BCHF Victoria Golf Tournament @ Westin Bear Mountain Resort
  • Lots of opportunities to help