St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation’s Lights of Hope Campaign

Vancouver, November 14, 2007 — The 2007 Lights of Hope display will light up for the first time Friday, November 16 at 6:50 pm. The lighting will heralded by fireworks and the cheers of more than 400 guests expected to gather across the road from St. Paul’s Hospital at Helmcken and Burrard.
This year is the 10th anniversary of St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation’s Lights of Hope Fundraising Campaign and the goal is $2.1 million. In honour of this milestone, a larger firework display is planned as well as some special elements for the display, including a 10-year banner made of lights and the introduction of lights in every colour of the spectrum. If stretched end-to-end, the countless lights that make up the display would reach all the way around the Stanley Park Seawall.

This year’s display contains more than 400 stars recognizing the company and family names of donors who have contributed to the Lights of Hope fundraising campaign. Over the years, the Lights of Hope Campaign has helped to raise more than $8 million for equipment, research and patient care at St. Paul’s Hospital. Lovingly created by volunteers using donated products, the display itself has more than tripled in size since its inception in 1998.

There’s still time to make your own donation to the Lights of Hope campaign by calling 604-662-HOPE or by visiting www.helpstpauls.com

Major Contributors
The platinum sponsors for the Lights of Hope 2007 fundraising campaign are: Aly B. Mawji & Family; Scotiabank and Teck Cominco. The display itself would not be possible without the dedication of the following people and companies who donate their expertise or products to build it each year. Many have been involved with this important campaign for nine years or more. They are:
St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation’s Volunteer Lights of Hope Logistics Committee
Stuart Olson Construction
Sasco Systems Ltd.
The Electrical Contractors Association of BC
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers local 213 & 258
Stantec Architecture Ltd.
BL Innovative Lighting
BC Hydro Power Smart
Bogdonov Lerer Engineering Inc.
Westburne Electric Supply BC
Production Equipment Rentals and Sales
The BCIT Electrical Trades Students
Dave McIndoe and the electrical staff of St. Paul’s Hospital

Please direct all media calls to Anne McLaughlin: 604-806-8917 (office direct); 604-788-0018 (cell); e-mail: amclaughlin@providenchealth.bc.ca