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
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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