Ottawa LIVERight Gala 2018
Thanks to the generous support from our volunteers, attendees, special guests, sponsors, and donors, we are thrilled to announce that the 2018 LIVERight Gala was a great success across the country. This national event raised over $1M in support of liver research and education!
Thank you Ottawa for a wonderful evening!
Hosted at the Ottawa Conference & Event Centre this fabulous fundraising event in Ottawa featured a reception, gourmet dinner, lively entertainment and both, a live and silent auction. Numerous businesses, artists, and individual donors contributed items with proceeds going to support children and youth affected by liver disease.
Our emcee and philanthro-tainer, Layne the Auctionista, kept the audience thoroughly engaged and helped us raise much-needed funds in support liver research and education. Jazz sensation, Tia Brazda provided a magnificent performance.
Honoured Guest, 10-year-old Faith Arial, and her mother Jen O’Byrne, received a standing ovation after sharing their story of strength and perseverance in coping with Faith’s biliary atresia, the leading cause of liver failure in children. Michael O’Byrne, Faith’s great-uncle, also spoke of the need to support liver research to help children like Faith.
The Ottawa LIVERight Gala was supported by a dedicated volunteer committee who worked passionately to find the silent and live auction items for the event. This annual fundraiser relies greatly on the in-kind support from many generous businesses that contribute in many ways.
2018 Photo Gallery
Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors!
Friends of CLF
Auction items for the 2018 Ottawa LIVERight Gala were generously provided by:
Alleviate Massage Therapy Clinic * Amuse Kitchen and Wine * Anderson Links Golf & Country Club * Aperitivo * BarkBox * Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company * Black Prince Winery * Bonnechere Caves * Brian McCourt Designs * Brooks Brothers * Brown Van Brewing Co. * Canadian Museum of History * Canadian War Museum * Capital Cutlery Sharpening Ltd East * Château des Charmes * Cosmic Adventures * Courtyard by Marriott Ottawa East * Dan Murphy Ford * DJ LAW * East India Company * East Side Mario’s * Experience Food * Flo Glassblowing * Full of Beans Party Rental * Funhaven * Gabriel Pizza * Gladstone Theatre * Glebe Meat Market * Goodlife Fitness * Ingenium * Jacqueline Thibodeau * Jerome – Photographer * Keg Steakhouse and Bar * Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises & Trolleys * Kings Stay Kings * Kichesippi Beer Co. * La Maison D’or * La Maison Simons Inc * Mama Rosa Pizzeria * Maritime Travel * Milestones Kanata * Moores Clothing for Men * Mr. Shawarma * Mud Oven * National Art Centre * Nicko’s Resto Bar * Nutrafarms Inc. * Orpheus Theatre * Ottawa City Rafting * Ottawa Holistic Wellness * Ottawa Marriott East * Ottawa Professional Fire Fighters Association * Ottawa Senators Foundation * Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group *Play, Food & Wine * Socking Behaviour * Stephanie’s Bar & Grill * St- Albert Cheese * St. Louis Bar & Grill * Stratus Restaurant * Supply & Demand * terra20 * The Barley Mow * The Garlic King * The National Ballet of Canada * Top Shape Fitness * True Loaf Bread Company * Tyros Restaurant Inc * Vittoria Trattoria * Waterfall BBQ & Catering * Westin Harbour Castle Hotel * WestJet * Yalla Yalla
Meet our special guests from previous LIVERight Galas.
“I was born on September 24, 2008, healthy but with a common condition of jaundice. My jaundice never went away and at my eight-week doctor’s appointment, I was sent to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). After many tests, the doctors at CHEO said I had biliary atresia.
At 10 weeks old, I had my first of 12 surgeries called a Kasai procedure. The doctors hoped it would allow the bile to flow in my liver. I was in and out of CHEO and my body was getting more and more sick every day.
On February 17, 2009, I was sent to SickKids Hospital in Toronto needing a liver transplant to save my life. On March 9, 2009, I received a new liver from my Mommy. I am now nine years old and I get to enjoy my family, my best friends and my life. I want to raise money to help find a cure for biliary atresia so that other babies and kids don’t need to be sick in the hospital.”
Faith’s strength to share her story, and her readiness to raise funds in support of liver research continues to amaze family and friends alike. She and her family are extremely active participants in the CLF’s annual Stroll for Liver and LIVERight Gala events.
On November 8th, 2010 Lillian was born after a healthy planned C-section with no surprises but on December 6th at just six weeks old things rapidly changed and Lillian was diagnosed with biliary atresia.
On New Year’s Eve, doctors recommended the Kasaia procedure for Lillian, an operation to replace the damaged bile duct with a new drainage system made from a piece of the small intestine. It worked for awhile, but the 14 medications Lillian was taking daily were not helping and the doctors recommended a liver transplant from a living donor.
Lillian’s father’s was a match for her, but he had to embark on a 9 month routine to become healthier and lose weight to be able to donate part of his liver to his beloved daughter. During this 9-month period, Lillian was in horrible discomfort and as time went on, her spleen enlarged. Her health was up and down causing such distress for Lilian and her family.
Lillian was 14 months old when she received a portion of her Dad’s liver. Unfortunately In the past 3 years Lillian has had 5 liver biopsies because she continues to experience bile duct problems. She may require another transplant in the near future. Lillian’s parents Arlene and Tony trust that the research the CLF funds could soon find the answers to avoid another transplant for their daughter.
Adam was born in Ottawa, on August 21, 2008 weighing 8 lbs, 12 oz. He appeared to be a healthy baby except for his jaundice. After many tests and lots of waiting, Adam was diagnosed with biliary atresia.
At just 5 weeks of age, Adam had his first surgery (the Kasai procedure). The Kasai unfortunately was not successful and his liver continued to become more damaged. Adam’s parents continued to to follow doctors’ instructions giving him the many medications, vitamins and special formula he needed in order to help him grow.
Just 1 week before Adam turned 6 months old, he had his liver transplant his Dad, David donated a portion of his liver. The surgery went well but there were many ups and downs. The first year following his transplant was filled with IV medications every day at first and then once a week, many oral medications, frequent blood work and visits back to the hospital.
Today Adam is an active, social, very happy kid enjoying life to the fullest.
Mike lived his life as an open book never shying away from his own personal battles. In 2011, MacDonald was diagnosed with Hepatitis C which progressed to the point where his liver and his kidneys shut down. He was put on the waiting list for a liver transplant and on March 17, 2013 he underwent a successful seven-hour liver transplant operation.
Late Mike a Canadian Award-Winning comedian, understood the power of laughter. In addition to his successful and well-received live performances all over North America, Mike appeared on numerous TV shows on HBO, Showtime, The Comedy Network, and CBC’s Just For Laughs.
He was also starred in three well received and critically acclaimed specials for the CBC in Canada and for Showtime in the US which include, On Target, My House My Rules! and Happy As I Can Be.
Mike was an incredible supporter of the Canadian Liver Foundation helping raise awareness of liver health and liver disease and we are grateful for his support.