VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The novel coronavirus pandemic is taking a big charity fundraiser off the calendar.
Billed as B.C.’s largest ticketed charity fundraiser, the 22nd Courage To Come Back Awards has been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Organizers of the event, following the provincial government’s advice, have put this year’s gala on hold.
It was to be held on May 7 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
The Coast Mental Health Foundation said an alternative celebration is being planned, but a date has not been confirmed.
“The health and safety of our community is our number one priority and we will continue to monitor the situation and liaise with the relevant authorities as we plan an alternative celebration of our award recipients,” Isabela Zabava, executive director of the Coast Mental Health Foundation, says in a release.
.@CoastMH postpones "with heavy hearts" the 2020 Courage To Come Back Awards, set for May 7th at the Vancouver Convention Centre, due to the provincial government's advice on large events. Organizers say an "alternative celebration" is in the works, but no new date is set.
— John Ackermann (@jackermann) March 13, 2020
“We will keep all stakeholders up to date as we have more information and will be in touch directly with existing table purchasers and sponsors regarding next steps,” Zabava added.
NEWS 1130 has been a proud media partner of the Courage To Come Back Awards since they started in 1999. The awards raise money to support some of B.C.’s most vulnerable populations.
“Now, more than ever, people experiencing mental illness need you,” Zabava says. “Without you, key services such as daily, affordable meals, free toiletries and showers and mental health support, amongst many others may be at risk. In this time of uncertainty, if you’d like to consider donating to Coast Mental Health Foundation, we would be grateful for your support and generosity.”