Every year St. Paul’s Hospital illuminates downtown Vancouver with the Lights of Hope. This initiative is part of an annual fundraising campaign that enables St. Paul’s Foundation to support the hospital’s ongoing needs for enhanced patient care, programs, research and equipment, and also Providence Health Care facilities across BC.
The Lights of Hope features over 10 kilometres of lights, 100,000 light bulbs and hundreds of sponsored stars – all of which shine brightly on St. Paul’s Hospital from November through early January.
“The display takes five weeks to build and is the result of the cumulative effort of hundreds of volunteers who donate their time and materials,” says Doug Hamming, Vice President of Development at Concert and 21-year chair of the Lights of Hope committee that puts up the display. Since 1998, the Lights of Hope has raised $37 million for St. Paul’s Hospital. “If we reach our fundraising goal again of $3 million, we will have raised $40 million dollars in total towards increased research and patient care,” he adds.
The Lights of Hope illuminate the façade of the hospital as a reflection of hope made possible by generous donations that have an impact on every patient, resident, visitor and department – not only at the Burrard Street building, but at all Providence Health locations in BC. This year, Concert is supporting St. Paul’s Foundation with a Bronze Sponsorship, garnering us a three foot shining star. “Since 2009, Concert has donated $35,000 to the Lights of Hope,” says Brian McCauley, Concert’s President & Chief Executive Officer. “Our Vancouver Office is only a block away from the St. Paul’s Hospital, and we are therefore ever-so-proud to be part of this unique and meaningful community initiative, providing inspiring support to those in need. Concert’s involvement reflects our commitment to enriching and strengthening the communities where we work, live and build."