Canucks Autism Network Reveal Gala
The inaugural Canucks Autism Network (CAN) Reveal Gala on September 24, presented by SAP, raised an incredible $785,000 to support the growing needs of more than 10,000 children and families living with autism in B.C.

The ice was covered and Rogers Arena was transformed into an intimate and extraordinary setting. 544 guests seated around 68 tables - representing the prevalence of the now 1 in 68 children diagnosed with autism - participated in an evening filled with reveals.

George Stroumboulopoulos was brilliant as emcee, bringing the event to life, while ensuring the spotlight remained on the true stars of the evening - the 10 CAN kids who were accompanied by Vancouver Canucks players and Canucks President, Trevor Linden.

Guests were entertained by an emotional rendition of Sarah McLachlan’s “Ice Cream” performed by CAN participants of the Sarah McLachlan School of Music, but the big reveal came when Sarah McLachlan joined the group onstage for a breathtaking live performance.

Stroumboulopoulos followed suit by revealing the George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight show, featuring a profound interview with CAN Founders and Canucks Co-Owners, Paolo and Clara Aquilini and their son Christian, who has autism.

The live auction surpassed expectations thanks to the powerful collaboration of Olympic Gold Medalist, Jon Montgomery, who took the lead as auctioneer with assistance from Stroumboulopoulos and Sam Ostheimer, a lively 12 year old diagnosed with autism and Down syndrome.

Presenting sponsor SAP, shone the spotlight on the importance of inclusion and diversity in the workplace through their 'Autism at Work' project - which has seen the company commit to employing 1% of their global work force to individuals on the autism spectrum. At the gala, SAP Canada revealed their plans for another wave of employment for individuals on the spectrum.

The Reveal Gala was a true celebration of community, hope and the many faces of autism.
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