From The Ground Up Dinner

I am so excited to be finally sharing this post! You might remember me sharing about a fundraising dinner I helped host for The City Dream Centre last month. Everything about our From the Ground Up dinner turned out amazingly well!  Together, with my beautiful friend Aly Armstong of Aly Armstrong Events and a crazy generous and hard working team of friends and family, we planned an unforgettable night! From the venue to the food to the guests and entertaining, everything was outstanding! We were all absolutely thrilled with how it all turned out. I honestly couldn’t have imagined a more magical, entertaining night!

In case you missed it, From the Ground Up was an absolutely stunning long table dinner to raise funds for the City Dream Centre, a local non-profit that serves underprivileged people in Surrey, British Columbia that is run by the one and only Loretta Hibbs, my amazing mother-in-law! We held our dinner at the Chilliwack Corn Maze, which provided a beautiful harvest backdrop. It was a fun evening featuring a gourmet farm-to-table dinner from White Table Catering, an artisan market featuring an array of local products, and a live auction with our hilarious auctioneer, Cliff Prang.

The entire purpose of From the Ground Up was to raise money to cover the cost of dental trucks purchased by City Dream Centre. It’s crazy to think about how poor dental hygiene can lead to so many different health issues, yet good dental hygiene can be unattainable for families who face a number of challenges that bump dentist visits to the bottom of their priority lists. Offering free dental care will be one of the ways City Dream Centre works to provide hope, dignity, and value to people in need.

One of the most fun parts of our evening was the balloon pop. We sold balloons at different price points and each one contained a prize. And we’re not talking your regular birthday balloons, either. They were massive, filled with confetti and decked out with streamers and a sparkler. When each person popped their balloon, a huge shower of confetti covered them. It was a fun way to get people excited for the evening, prepped and ready to bid in the live auction!

Another one of the highlights of the night was our Artisan Market. Thanks to the generosity of a variety of local shops, we had an amazing collection of products for guests to peruse and purchase. It was a neat way to explore locally made products and buy gifts for yourself and others!

All in all, the night was a huge success. We raised more than $80,000 to change lives through the City Dream Centre! These funds will make such an enormous difference in the lives of so many people!

If you want to learn more about City Dream Centre (or maybe even get involved?), take a minute to look at their website or follow them on Instagram! 


We are unbelievably grateful to each and every one of these sponsors who generously donated their time, products, and services to make this evening possible. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Title Sponsors:
smileMOBILE City Care Dental Group / Wave Dentistry / Austin Station Dental

Event Sponsors:
Flower Factory / A&B Rentals / Art of the Party / White Event Studio / Chilliwack Corn Maze & Pumpkin FarmBespoke Decor / Faire La Fete Linen / Jelly Marketing / Aly Armstrong Event Planning & Design

Food Sponsors:
White Table Catering Co. / Central Park Farms / The Pie Hole / The Cake Mama / Albion Farms & Fisheries / purebread. / Hopcott Meats / Ethical Bean Coffee / Golden Ears Cheesecrafters / Eve’s Crackers / Perseus Winery

Live Auction & Artisan Market Sponsors:
Andrew Peller Import Agency / Arterra Wines / Conundrum Wines / Philippe Dandurand Wines / Sandhill Wines / Cactus Club Cafe / Fairmont Hotel Vancouver / leah alexandra / Peridot Decorative Homewear / My Reward Fitness / Vancouver Candle Co. / Purdy’s Chocolates / The Cross Decor & Design / Enlightened Renovations / 93.7 JRFM / Young Living Essential Oils / The Keg Steakhouse & Bar / The Henry / Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver / ProjectSkin MD Vancouver / Pacific Bottleworks Co. / Simply Delish / Arrow & Lace Designs / BRUNETTE the label / Chelsea King / The Habit Project / Chocohappy Whistler / darling + bandit / k’pure / Pep Soap Co. / Taves Family Farms / urbanwalls / Pink House / Victoria Senges Design Co.