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Town Talk: One Girl Can helps educate hundreds of girls

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Smithers-residing Grammy and Juno winner Alex Cuba entertained Variety CEO Cally Wesson and guests when that children's charity's One Night In Havana gala benefitted its mental-health programs.

Smithers-residing Grammy and Juno winner Alex Cuba entertained Variety CEO Cally Wesson and guests when that children's charity's One Night In Havana gala benefitted its mental-health programs. Malcolm Parry / PNG

ONE WOMAN DID: At the Main-off-Hastings Imperial room, Lotte Davis saw $350,000 reportedly raised for the One Girl Can organization she founded. That will send 85 African girls to university and 95 to high school, said Davis who, with husband John, also founded the AG Hair concern. OGC currently funds 130 full university scholarships, is aiming for 450, and has renovated or erected 98 school buildings since 2008, she said. “There’s no secret to success. What is missing is the opportunity. Just getting into university isn’t enough, so we teach job-finding-and-holding skills. The only real difference between (Africans and Canadians) is, we were lucky enough to be born here.” And to help those who weren’t, of course.

Olympics ski-cross gold medalist Kelsey Serwa aided One Girl Can founder Lotte Davis raising $350,000 to help educate African youngsters.

Olympics ski-cross gold medalist Kelsey Serwa aided One Girl Can founder Lotte Davis raising $350,000 to help educate African youngsters. Malcolm Parry / PNG

Diana Zoppa and Susanna Stewart chaired the 13th annual Cabriolet gala staged in Brian Jessel's usually car-jammed BMW showroom.

Diana Zoppa and Susanna Stewart chaired the 13th annual Cabriolet gala staged in Brian Jessel’s usually car-jammed BMW showroom. Malcolm Parry / PNG

CAR-FREE ZONE: The 13th annual Cabriolet gala emptied Brian Jessel’s Boundary-off-Lougheed showroom of BMW cars and filled it with $625-a-ticket guests. The $500,000 it reportedly grossed will benefit Pancreatic Cancer Canada, thereby continuing to commemorate dealer Jessel’s father Bernie. While dining on Four Seasons hotel-catered seared scallops and beef tenderloin, attendees were advised to learn about that most dangerous ailment by ceasing to say, “Oh, it’s just back pain,” and opening assumptionscanbedeadly.ca. Of this year’s markedly more glamorous gala, “We decided to get serious about fundraising,” said Jessel marketing manager Diana Zoppa who co-chaired the ZLC Financial-sponsored running with independent event planner Susanna Stewart.

BMW dealer Brian Jessel dealer prepared to pop Champagne corks at his colour-spotlighted Cabriolet gala benefitting Pancreatic Cancer Canada.

BMW dealer Brian Jessel dealer prepared to pop Champagne corks at his colour-spotlighted Cabriolet gala benefitting Pancreatic Cancer Canada. Malcolm Parry / PNG

CUBA SEE: Cuba-born, Grammy and Juno winner Alex Cuba (real name Alexis Puentes) entertained when the One Night In Havana banquet-concert benefited Variety — The Children’s Charity. Chaired by sometime broadcaster Jill Sinclair, it reportedly raised $147,500 for  juvenile mental health programs, said Variety CEO Cally Wesson. Veteran CKNW producer-broadcaster Shirley Stocker, who is Variety’s chief barker (chair), thanked attendees “so that we may continue to be there when families need us most.”

BOUGHT AND SOLD: As for Commercial Drive’s now-renovating Havana restaurant, its previous 21-year co-owners were Mike Abbott, Ken Conquer and June Bennett. Abbott made an early bundle with Vancouver-based Buy & Sell, a free-advertisements paper that aped his native Britain’s Exchange & Mart and inspired others in North America, if not Cuba.

Vancouver Aquarium president John Nightingale toted a Tightrope Pinot Gris and chef Ned Bell a seaweed brownie at the Wives for Waves gala.

Vancouver Aquarium president John Nightingale toted a Tightrope Pinot Gris and chef Ned Bell a seaweed brownie at the Wives for Waves gala. Malcolm Parry / PNG

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