The Answer Company Sponsors Canucks Autism Network Reveal Gala 2017
VANCOUVER BC, May 7, 2017 – On May 6th, Canucks Autism Network held their annual Reveal Gala, inviting over 500 guests, sponsors and donors to An Evening in Venice in the centre of Rogers Arena. With 100-foot screens outlining the room with beautiful images from Italy and dazzling décor, the venue was transformed into a breathtaking scene that made guests feel like they’d walked into Venice. The evening focused on bringing awareness to the 1 in 68 children diagnosed with autism and raised over $1 Million dollars for the Canucks Autism Network, an organization that provides sports & recreational programs for individuals with autism throughout BC.
‘Today there are 11,000 families living with autism in BC [and] Canucks Autism Network currently supports over 2000 of those families. CAN’s goal is to have every individual with autism be understood, accepted and supported in all community spaces’.* One of the event sponsors was The Answer Company, a leading business management solution and technology consulting firm that makes giving back a priority. “As a parent with a son with autism, we appreciate the importance of community and sport. Canucks Autism Network delivers both,” explains President of The Answer Company, Shawn Ostheimer.
This year, The Answer Company participated as a Live Auction Sponsor and Ostheimer’s son Sam delivered congratulatory bottles of champagne to each auction’s winning bidder. Giving back to the community has always been a focus for The Answer Company, particularly after the launch of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program in 2015 which sets aside time and resources for the company to volunteer and contribute to various organizations throughout the year. “The Answer Company welcomes the opportunity to support kids by contributing to Canucks Autism Network, and we look forward to sponsoring the Reveal Gala each year,” says Ostheimer.
Part of what makes the Reveal Gala so special are the contributions from the sponsors and entertainers. This year the guests were surprised with a powerful performance from Christopher Duffley, a fifteen year old musician and speaker who is blind and living with autism. He captivated the crowd as he sang ‘Lean on Me’ – there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. The Reveal Gala is about more than just raising awareness and funds for autism, it’s a celebration of the gifts and possibilities that autism brings which overshadow even the greatest challenges faced.