The Sun Comes out for Ride2Survive!

On 7 April 2017 by Bridges Restaurant

 

 

 

Sunday, April 2nd was one of those flawless Vancouver Spring mornings. The sun came out in all its splendour; a cool breeze wafted over the water; excited Vancouverites were out rediscovering the beauty of Granville Island. In other words, a perfect day for brunch at Bridges Restaurant!

 

However, this particular Sunday was extra-special, as we proudly hosted our 6th annual Ride2Survive Brunch —a worthy event that raises much needed funds for cancer research. Last year, the brunch (50 dollars a plate), and auction raised over twenty-two thousand dollars! This year, we hope to raise even more!

 

 

 

 

 

Bridges, Brunch, Bacon and Bennies!

It’s evident that the 160 guests collectively bring light and warmth with them, as the weather has been consistently gorgeous for this event 6 years running!

 

Indeed, there was a palpable positive vibe in the room as guests enjoyed a delightful buffet-style brunch consisting of savoury Eggs Benedict, scrumptious bacon, scrambled eggs, roast potatoes, and more—all lovingly prepared by our Bridges kitchen staff and donated by many of our vendors!

 

 

Going Once…! Charity Auction for Cancer Research!

Following brunch was the charity auction, conducted by Garry, a professional auctioneer, who flies up to Vancouver from his home in Arizona every year–on his own dime! This year he even donated a week’s stay at his mountain cottage for the charity! Other auction items donated this year included:

 

  • Pugz Earbuds
  • Standup Exercise Bike
  • XBox
  • Jackson Triggs Wine
  • Whale Watching Tour
  • Titleist Golf Balls

Garry is representative of so many truly dedicated folks who participate in this event every year​, and their passion and compassion is why we love being a part of this event!

 

staff tasting the new seafood and fish menu at Bridges

 

staff tasting the new seafood and fish menu at Bridges

 

staff tasting the new seafood and fish menu at Bridges

 

 

 

 

Bridges Staff Donates!

Ride2Survive’s generosity of spirit inspires us too, which is why all of our kitchen and front of house staff donate their time and services for this event–a generous act for which Fay Wightman, Interim Executive Director of the Canadian Cancer Society (BC and Yukon Division), told the guests she was grateful.

 

 

 

Bridges Patio Romance

What is Ride2Survive?

Ride2survive is an independent fundraiser that raises money for the Canadian Cancer Society. Started in 2005, Ride2Survive has raised over 5.5 million dollars, all of which goes directly to cancer research! This is possible because the organization is 100 percent volunteer based, something that Wightman is particularly proud of. Speaking at the event, Fay acknowledged the work that Ride2Survive does, explaining that it’s the largest fundraising organization in Canada! She further stated that raising money for cancer research is very hard because “people can’t always see the results right away.”

 

Kerry Kunzli, a Ride2Survive organizer, echoed Wightman’s sentiments, as he addressed the guests: “Ride2Survive “directs dollars to hardest to treat cancers; smaller cancers;rare cancers. The fact that you ride for these is absolutely fantastic.”

 

 

Longer Than the Tour de France!

Make no mistake, Ride2Survive is not for the faint of heart! As one guest put it, “it’s a tough ride for tough cancers,” which may be an understatement, as the 400 km ride starts in Kelowna and ends in Delta, and takes 19 hours to complete! Riders must climb not one but two mountain summits to boot! The ride, which is longer than the Tour de France, tests rider’s physical and mental strength, and their limits! As one guest, who is going to be riding on June 24th told us, “​I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy; I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it!”

 

For more information about Ride2Survive, please click here! We’d love to see you at Bridges for the 7th annual fundraiser Brunch!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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