David Foster Miracle Weekend Recap
In August 2011 the Oak Bay Beach Hotel announced their partnership with the David Foster Foundation and their commitment to raising $2 Million for the foundation over the next 10 years.
This past weekend, the Oak Bay Beach Hotel and David Foster Foundation hosted The David Foster Miracle Weekend in Victoria to officially launch this 10 year collaboration. This star-studded weekend began Friday with an intimate evening with David Foster and Friends at the Fairmont Empress, including an opportunity for guests to walk the purple-carpet and enjoy an impressive reception. Saturday our Miracle Weekend guests enjoyed whale watching and hard hat tours of the Oak Bay Beach Hotel as well as front row seats at the rehearsal for the evenings show. Over 700 guests joined David Foster along with his friends, Wayne Gretzky, Alan Thicke, Mohammed Ali, Ben Mulroney and more for a Gala Dinner and live auction event. Over 6,000 guests then enjoyed fantastic performances from Kenny G, American Idol winner Ruben Studdard, Sarah Mclachlan, The Canadian Tenors, Sinbad and Josh Groban in a once-in-a-lifetime musical experience.
Most importantly, $4.6 million dollars raised for the David Foster Foundation – which ensures that families with children undergoing organ transplants are supported and kept together through treatments. This $4.6 million dollars, along with the $2 million dollar commitment from Kevin and Shawna Walker at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel, made this weekend an unprecedented fundraising success for Victoria, Canada, and made it the most successful fundraiser in the 25 years of the David Foster Foundation.
The Oak Bay Beach Hotel is proud to continue our partnership with the Foundation through proceeds of the David Foster Foundation Theatre over the next 10 years.
This weekend showcased the best of Victoria as a truly ‘World Class’ destination and community, in the coming together of businesses and individuals in support of an important cause. A huge ‘Thank You’ to the dozens of sponsors and partners that stepped up to support the Oak Bay Beach Hotel in launching our 10 year collaboration and to all of Victoria for the continual support!
Media Coverage of the Weekend
David Foster Way
Full Coverage – Friday Evening News
News @ 5
Oak Bay Beach Hotel Nears Completion
I Love This Island – Walker Family
Your Island Arts & Lifestyle: May 23, 2012