British Columbia's own Diana Krall is returning to the fundraising spotlight with a team of legendary performers for a cause that is close to her heart: helping patients with multiple myeloma, leukemia and other blood cancers.
On February 16, 2009, Diana will be joined by Elton, husband Elvis Costello, and James Taylor for a private, invitation-only, black tie charity benefit at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.
An Evening with Diana Krall - Elton John, Elvis Costello and James Taylor will raise funds for VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation in support of patient care and pioneering research at B.C's Leukemia and Bone Marrow Transplant Program.
"My family and I will always be grateful for the wonderful care our mother Adella received from the doctors and nurses at VGH," stated Diana. "Helping the team find cures for multiple myeloma and other blood cancers is the ultimate tribute to her. We are proud to play a part in providing care, comfort and hope to patients and their loved ones from across our province."
"Each year in B.C., there are approximately 1,000 new cases of blood cancers such as multiple myeloma, leukemia and myelodysplasia" said Dr. Clayton Smith, Director, Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program of B.C. "Over the years, the generosity of the Krall family, friends and donors has made a tremendous difference to patient care and comfort and has helped ease the burden on patients and their families seeking treatment while away from home. They have also enabled our team to build a research program that is helping patients right away - through clinical trials as well as 'made in B.C.' cures for these devastating diseases."
"We are extremely honoured by the commitment the Krall family and their many generous and talented friends have shown towards patients over the years," said Ron Dumouchelle, President and CEO, VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. "Diana's six previous charity benefits have had a huge impact on patients and families by funding groundbreaking research, purchasing new critically needed medical equipment, and providing a welcoming and comforting environment with the new Krall Centre at VGH, which opened earlier this year. We are privileged to have shared this extraordinary journey with Diana and her family and friends and are grateful that they have once again chosen to give back to those who look to VGH for help and hope."
The Krall family's commitment to VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation is an expression of their thanks for the care Adella Krall received through the Leukemia and Bone Marrow Transplant Program at VGH. Since her passing in May 2002, the Krall family has continued to demonstrate their commitment to VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation to help others living with multiple myeloma to have the best care possible, to celebrate Adella's vision of helping leukemia and bone marrow transplant patients and their loved ones, and ultimately, to contribute to finding a cure.
The six previous charity benefits have raised nearly $4 million. Highlights from the 2006 event included stellar performances by Elton and Tony Bennett. In addition, the auction was memorable for a spontaneous offer by Elton and David Furnish for two couples to each enjoy for a week their 36-acre estate in Windsor, England, built in 1060 by William the Conqueror. The two week-long packages, complete with chauffeur, a Michelin-starred chef and a performance jacket from Elton for each couple drew a combined total of $400,000.
Elton also participated at the 2004 benefit, which ended up raising over $810,000 for the cause.