Executive Director Dana's message
Welcome to Fall 2021! We hope that your families are all safe and well.

We are really proud to say that our little charity reached a huge milestone in September 2021. We have now donated more than $1,000,000 to hospitality and tourism workers that are in financial need because of a health condition to themselves or a family member. We could not have done this without the support of all of you. Thank you from all of the people that we have helped and their family and friends.

As we put away our golf clubs for the season, or at least I do, we are looking forward to 2022’s golf season. We are starting to plan three golf tournaments in BC in 2022 (Okanagan, May 10, Vancouver July 4 and Victoria August 23, 2022). If you are interested in joining our golf committee in each city we would be excited to have you. Please email me at dana@danalee.biz

If you are looking for a way to support us that does not cost anything please help us spread the word so we can help more people. Please take a minute this week to let 5 friends know about our charity. However, if you can afford it, I hope that you will consider becoming a monthly donor to the BCHF, no amount is too small, $5 can go a long way if we all chip in. We have 22 fabulous donors already and hope to reach 40 by the end of the 2021. We send you a tax receipt at the end of the year with a big thank you and overview of whom we helped. Just 22 monthly donors …. I am sure we can do better.

We have all sorts of great things happening at the BCHF these days. We hope that you will take a minute to read through all of our news below and , as always, if you have any questions or suggestions we would be happy to hear from you anytime.
Enjoy the fall season!


Over $1 million given to beneficiaries
We have given over $1 million to hospitality and tourism workers facing financial crisis due to a health condition experienced by themselves or a family member. 

Beneficiaries of the charity include not only restaurant chefs and servers, hotel workers, and baristas, but many behind-the-scenes workers such as delivery drivers, sales representatives, writers, brewmasters, winemakers, and vineyard workers.
How we started

The BCHF was created in 2006 in response to the situation of longtime local wine agent Michael Willingham. When Willingham had a stroke that left him partially paralyzed, his friends and colleagues rallied around him, raising $50,000 to purchase a machine that would enable him to breathe at night. Willingham was deeply grateful for the assistance, but he also recognized that there were many others in the hospitality industry who needed help, so he requested that a charity be set up to assist those in need. In the past 15 years the BCHF has provided financial assistance to 254 people.

Online auctions in support of the BCHF
2021 Cornucopia online auction will run from November 4 to November 28. Bidding will start on November 4. Item donations open until October 30, 2021.

2021 Connoisseur online auction will run from October 22 to November 4, 2021. Donations open until October 20, 2021.
Cornucopia is back and we are the Charity of Choice
November 4 to 28, 2021

Open your palate to fresh ideas and inspiration at educational drink seminars, chef’s demonstrations, signature events, and delicious winery dinners.

Shop our Supporters
We are grateful that the BCHF receives funds from a variety of corporate initiatives initiated by our friends and colleagues in the hospitality industry, including partial proceeds from product sales. Please support our supporters by choosing to purchase their products, and help boost the BC economy at the same time! 

Quails' Gate Pinot Noir and Dry Riesling

Throughout the month of October 2021, sales of select wines made by Okanagan icon Quails’ Gate Winery will support the BC Hospitality Foundation (BCHF) by donating $1 per bottle sold.

New School Dry-Hopped Märzen

Each year, the BC Craft Brewers Guild partners with organizations to collaborate on a beer to kick off October’s annual BC Craft Beer Month. This year, the Guild has partnered with Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Brewing & Brewery Operations diploma program and host brewery Dead Frog Brewery in Langley to create the New School Dry-Hopped Märzen.

Rewards for Rover on the Road:
Sales of Dog Treats Support Hospitality Charity

Starting today, Nanaimo’s Foley Dog Treat Company has partnered with the BC Hospitality Foundation (BCHF) and BCSPCA with the launch of their new baked dog treats: Wander Dog “Treats for traveling pups”. Foley Dog Treat Company will donate $0.50 from each bag sold to both BCHF & BCSPCA.  

In the meantime you can check out the product HERE.
Santa Cristina Wines

Until December 31st, 2021, Italy’s Santa Cristina winery will donate $1 per bottle of a selection of wines sold in BC to the BC Hospitality Foundation (BCHF).

A portion of the Santa Cristina donation will be allocated to the BC WISE scholarship program administered by the BCHF. Created in 2020, the program annually awards at least five $1,000 scholarships to individuals engaged in studies with the goal of furthering their career in the BC wine industry.
Sortilege Whisky Gourmet Sauce - Coming soon

Chef Ann Kirsebom and Sortilege Whisky are working on the creation of the "Sortilege Whisky Gourmet Sauce". BC Hospitality Foundation will receive $2 per bottle sold both online and in local retail shops.
BC Liquor Conference - October 25, 2021
The sixth annual BC Liquor Conference: Monday, October 25, 2021 in Vancouver or online. 

Hosted by ABLE BC, the advocate for BC’s pubs, bars, and private liquor stores, this year’s conference will take place in-person in Vancouver and virtually. No matter where you are in the province - tune in and get the liquor industry data, trends, and policy updates you can’t get anywhere else. 

Register HERE

2021 Conference Highlights

  • ABLE BC Industry Update
  • LDB and LCRB Updates 
  • Retail Trends and Consumer Insights with Arterra, Labatt, and Spirits Canada 
  • Preventing Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace with WorkSafeBC
  • How to Win in the Bar and Restaurant Business with David Hopkins, The 15 Group
  • Liquor Liability with Lorne Folick, Dolden Wallace Folick LLP
  • What’s next for BC’s tourism and hospitality industries with ABLE BC, BCHA, and TIABC 

Created for liquor retailers and hospitality owners and managers, all industry members are welcome at the conference.

Join us at the 2021 BC Liquor Conference and get the actionable steps and knowledge you need to rebuild after COVID-19.

Learn more and register here.
Make us YOUR charity of choice
Thank you for your ongoing support!
Contact Dana at dana@danalee.biz for details on how to make us YOUR charity of choice and support us year round.
50/50 Online lottery
Keep your eyes open for the BC Hospitality Foundation 50/50 online lottery - Helping Hospitality Workers in Their Time of Need which will run from October 14 to November 15, 2021, with the draw taking place on November 16, 2021 at noon!

August's 50/50 winner took $6,275!

The link to purchase tickets will be on our website as of October 14th.
Sauder Business School
We are excited to share that we were chosen as one of the charities for students to work on a practical case study assignment for their Masters Degree.

Three different teams of students will create sponsorship packages for the BCHF tailored to promote the foundation and provide value to corporations when sponsoring any of our events.

In order to provide the students with as much information as possible about the BCHF, we will be sending out a short survey which we ask you respond promptly.

If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact Dana@danalee.biz.

A very special thank you to
our 22 monthly donors for their ongoing support!

Become a monthly donor HERE
Industry Advisory Council
Members' Corner
The BCHF's Industry Advisory Council supports our awareness and revenue generation activities throughout British Columbia. The group consists of individuals from a wide range of hospitality-related industry sectors.
THANK YOU for your support. Your time and experience make us stronger!
BC Tourism | Lucas Pavan – Destination Vancouver
BC Tourism | Matthew Holme – Destination Greater Victoria
Beneficiary | Darcy Murdoch
Beneficiary | Jocelyn Kaleka
Beverage Industry Logistics | Hussain Askari – Wine vault
Brewery | Ken Beattie – BC Craft Brewers Guild
Catering |  Claire May – Chef Claire
Chef Concierge | Charlie Gonzalez – Les Clefs d’Or Canada
Cidery | Barbara Ross – Burton Cidery
Coffee | Charlie Woods – Nespresso
Distillery | Tyler Dyck – Okanagan Spirits
Education | Jarrett Bachman – Fairleigh Dickinson University
Education | Nazmi Kamal – Capilano University
Event Management | Elan Morris – Okanagan Wine Festivals Society
Event Management | David Tikkanen - Meeting Professionals International (MPI) BC Chapter
Friend of the Foundation | Justine Harrison
Friend of the Foundation | Alan Sacks
Friend of the Foundation | Terry Duzenberry
Hotel | Kevin Nielson – Chateau Victoria
Hotel | Daniel Bibby – Spirit Ridge
Hotel | Jesse Crockett- The Josie Hotel
HR | Kim Osborne – Chemistry Consulting
HR | Colin MacCrimmon – Oak Bay Beach Hotel
HR | Marianne Albalkhi – Fairmont Empress
Industry Association | Lesley Brown – Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers
Industry Association | Trevor Kallies – Canadian Professional Bartenders Association
Industry Association | Mike Macleod – BC Hotel Association
Industry Association | Ted Lattimer – IVSA
LRS | Dave Smith – Everything Wine
LRS | Lynn Couthard – JAK’s
Marketing | Leeann Froese – Town Hall Brands
Media | Kurtis Kolt – Kurtiskolt.com
Restaurant (Independent) | Jenna Briscoe – Cafe Medina
Restaurant (Independent) | Margot Baloro – The Listel Hotel
Restaurant (Independent) | Kristi Linneboe – Como
Restaurant (Chain) | Rob Carras – Joseph Richard Group
Supplier | Maik Uhlmann – Russell Hendrix
Supplier | Christine Blackwood – Blackwood Career Apparel + Essentials
Wine Importer | Colina Marshall – Antinori/Mark Anthony
Wine Importer | Caroline Carefoot – Univins and Spirits
Wine Importer | Samantha Rahn - Select Wines
Winery Domestic | Leslie D’Andrea – Noble Ridge Vineyard & Winery
Winery Domestic | Chris Turyk – Unsworth Vineyards
The BCHF is a charity that supports hospitality workers facing financial crisis due to a health condition. These are the people who work in your favourite restaurants, wineries, breweries, bars, and hotels. Often with limited access to benefits or financial aid, our beneficiaries have nowhere else to turn if a health condition arises. Your support has a meaningful impact by getting them back on their feet again.