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Style stakes head judge Jason Matlo, flanked by lawyer Sarah Leamon – wearing one of the more interesting fascinators of the day – and designer Wen-Chee Liu, channelling the Roaring 20's and The Great Gatsby and Christian Dior 1947 New Look.
 
 

Style stakes head judge Jason Matlo, flanked by lawyer Sarah Leamon – wearing one of the more interesting fascinators of the day – and designer Wen-Chee Liu, channelling the Roaring 20's and The Great Gatsby and Christian Dior 1947 New Look.

Photograph by: Fred Lee, for The Province

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WINNERS' CIRCLE: The Social Concierge’s Tyson Villeneuve and Jordan Kallman once again fronted The Deighton Cup, the city’s most stylish event of the season. Named after Vancouver’s original party guy, Capt. John “Gassy Jack” Deighton — who also gave his name to Gastown — hundreds of well-dressed young professionals galloped to Hastings Racecourse for the sixth running of Vanhattan’s version of the Kentucky Derby. Attendees in big hats and smart summer suits made the parade to the post in support of Joanne and Emily-Anne Griffith’s Community First Foundation and Backpack Buddies program.


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Sponsored by Miles End Motors, Cocktails and Canapes and Veuve Clicquot, the Cup classic featured games of chance, crafted cocktails and high fashion. Playing the ponies was secondary to the style stakes, as attendees jockeyed for position to get the attention of fashion insiders and style judges Joshua McVeity, Christie Lohr, Jake Boxer, Carly Wong, Bobbie Long, Crystal Carson, Liz Bell and Jason Matlo.

Getting the inside track was PR principal Shannon Heth, wearing a wide-brimmed hat that Kate Middleton would approve of. Designed by Irish milliner Jennifer Wrynne, who sported the same bonnet at this year’s Royal Ascot in England, the fuchsia-coloured headpiece adorned with orchids and roses was the perfect topper to Heth’s Boboli garden dress. With a purse as sizable as any payout on the afternoon race card, Heth won top honours — and $500 cash prize — among the fillies, while actor David Hennessey, in a three-piece seersucker suit from Baracos + Brand, took sartorial honours for the gents.

Other sharply dressed men and women at the see-and-be-seen affair included Hawksworth Restaurant’s Rob Murray, Brody Jones and Chad Clark, Swollen Members rapper Prevail and his girlfriend Keilani Jung, retired Whitecaps captain Jay DeMerit and his Olympic gold-medallist wife Ashleigh McIvor, The Rush’s Fiona Forbes and designer Wen-Chee Liu.

TEA PARTY: For 32 years, Kate Linder has starred as Esther Valentine on daytime television’s The Young And The Restless. When not portraying the Chancellor family’s clumsy spinster maid on the top-rated soap, the veteran actress has dedicated her spare time to various philanthropic endeavours. Linder is the national spokesperson for the ALS Association and is active with the Los Angeles Mission, TV Cares, and Make-a-Wish Foundation. In addition to her work on Y&R, Linder is a part-time flight attendant. Her travel privileges have allowed the veteran actress to host a series of sophisticated high teas across Canada, including Victoria, Calgary and Vancouver, to connect with her legion of fans while supporting worthy causes.

The soap star recently fronted her 16th High Tea benefiting the Canadian Cancer Society. Three-hundred diehard fans converged at the Hotel Vancouver for the annual meet-and-greet with cast members of Y&R, the No. 1 daytime show in Canada and the U.S. (More than three million viewers tune in daily.) Joining Linder were co-stars Christian J. Le Blanc, Christel Khalil, Tristan Rogers, Redaric Williams and Ignacio Serricchio. In addition to dainty sandwiches and pastries, the $125-a-ticket afternoon affair featured a question-and-answer session, autograph session and silent and live auction. Emceed by Global TV’s Yvonne Schalle, the love-in with Linder and friends generated $30,000 for breast and ovarian cancer research.

PRIDE LEGACY: Dr. Peter Jepson-Young knew first hand that people living with HIV/AIDS have many needs far greater than just survival. He tracked his AIDS onset on the CBC in 111 episodes before he passed away in 1992. Before he died, he established the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation. In tribute to the AIDS advocate, his friends and family established the Dr. Peter Centre, an assisted-living residence and health facility dedicated to helping those living with HIV and AIDS. While the number of people who fall sick with the disease is considerably less than it was in the late 1980s, the need is still there for the most vulnerable in the province.

Two decades later, another generation is taking up the charge to continue Young’s legacy and maintain a safe, loving place for individuals living with HIV and AIDS to receive nutritious meals and nursing seven days a week. Young professionals Kevin Mazzone, Ryan McKinley and Gary Serra hosted their third sellout Pride Kickoff Cocktail Party at the Loden Hotel. Guests including Dr. Peter’s mom, Shirley Young, sipped, savoured and celebrated with bubbles, craft cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while generating more than $28,000 for the West End facility.

 
 
 
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Style stakes head judge Jason Matlo, flanked by lawyer Sarah Leamon – wearing one of the more interesting fascinators of the day – and designer Wen-Chee Liu, channelling the Roaring 20's and The Great Gatsby and Christian Dior 1947 New Look.
 

Style stakes head judge Jason Matlo, flanked by lawyer Sarah Leamon – wearing one of the more interesting fascinators of the day – and designer Wen-Chee Liu, channelling the Roaring 20's and The Great Gatsby and Christian Dior 1947 New Look.

Photograph by: Fred Lee, for The Province

 
Style stakes head judge Jason Matlo, flanked by lawyer Sarah Leamon – wearing one of the more interesting fascinators of the day – and designer Wen-Chee Liu, channelling the Roaring 20's and The Great Gatsby and Christian Dior 1947 New Look.
Deighton Cup style director Crystal Carson welcomed Veuve Clicquot brand ambassador and event sponsor JS Dupuis to the day at the races.
Christina Weizmann, left, and Kristal McLaren were among the stylish set sporting fashionable hats at Hastings Racecourse. McLaren’s vintage hat was adorned with fresh flowers from her garden.
Finalists in the style stakes were Swollen Member’s Prevail and his girlfriend Keilani Jung.
Official men’s retailer for The Deighton Cup, Christine Baracos’ West Vancouver Baracos + Brand store dressed Lupo Restaurant’s Chris Reilly in a dapper Sand ensemble.
The Rush’s Fiona Forbes, left, and reality star Mary Zilba made the parade to party producer Tyson Villeneuve’s sixth Deighton Cup.
Looking good was Hawksworth Restaurant’s Rob Murray and Brody Jones. More than a thousand guests made the parade to the post in support of Community First Foundation and Backpack Buddies program.
Kate MacDougall and Tanya Tweeten.
PR principal Shannon Heth won the style stakes with her garden dress from Boboli and brimmed floral hat by Jennifer Wrynne. The Irish Milliner’s royal designs retail for as much as $750 a piece.
Liz Bell and the unenviable task of selecting a winner among pretty young things dressed to the nines. The fashionable day at the races benefitted Dax Droski’s Community First Foundation.
RestorFX owner Vitaly Kotyakov accompanied his wife, Mrs. B.C. 2014 Stanislava Ludmilin-Kotyakob to the sixth running of The Deighton Cup.
Fashion designer and style stakes judge Carly Wong crafted her fascinator and shoe embellishments from materials found at the dollar store.
Canucks alumnus Kirk McLean participated in the Kate Linder and Friends benefit emceed by Global TV’s Yvonne Schalle. Tickets to a hockey game generated $3,000 for cancer research.
Young & the Restless leading men Ignacio Serricchio (Det. Alex Chavez) and Redaric Williams (Tyler Michaelson) met with 300 fans at annual afternoon tea in support of breast and ovarian cancer research.
Event producer Robin Wyss along with longtime friend, actress Kate Linder, right, fronted their 16th Afternoon Tea at the Hotel Vancouver. More than $30,000 was realized for Sheila Dong’s Canadian Cancer Society.
Soap legend Tristan Rogers (Colin Atkinson) and Christel Khalil (Lilly Ashby) dished storylines with diehard viewers of the top rated daytime drama.
Fan fave Christian Le Blanc, Michael Baldwin on Young and the Restless, helped raise funds for Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) fundraiser Huda Al-Saedy. The tea organized by Y&R actress Kate Linder, will benefit the CCS for the next three years with the goal of raising $90,000 for cancer research.
Dr. Peter Jepson-Young’s mom Shirley Young attended the Dr. Peter Centre benefit at Liliana De Cotiis’s Loden Hotel.  More than $28,000 was raised from the Pride Kickoff celebrations.
From left, Young professionals Kevin Mazzone, Lucas Adriaco, Ryan McKinley and Gary Serra continue Dr. Peter’s legacy by raising funds to support the assisted-living residence and health facility in Vancouver’s West End.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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