24th Annual Face The World Gala Raises Over $1M

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Three Generations of the Cohen Family (from left: Kasondra, Marlene, Jacqui)

The Idea Is Giving

Jacqui Cohen, President & C.E.O. of Army & Navy Department Stores, started Face The World Foundation  in 1991 in efforts to give something back to the city she called home.

“My daughter, Kasondra, and I feel a tremendous responsibility to give back to our community, and we are fortunate to have this opportunity… I am incredibly grateful to everyone who attends and gives so generously. It enables the foundation to make a real difference in the community and in the lives of so many.”

- JC

Since its launch, the event has raised millions of dollars for hundreds of local organizations. This year’s gala raised over 1 million dollars in donations, which will be distributed to a variety of charitable organizations in the Lower Mainland.

The Cohen family is constantly amazed by the generosity of the people of Vancouver.  They feel very proud of the fact that many lives have been improved through the hard work of those associated with Face The World.

These are some of the charities Face the World has helped throughout the years:


Aboriginal Mother Centre Society

ALS Society of Canada

Arthritis Society of BC

Arts Umbrella

Athletics for Kids

Aunt Leah’s Place

Avalon Women’s Centres

BC Mobility Opportunities Society

Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland

Bill Reid Foundation

Burnaby Community Connections

Canadian Cancer Society

Canadian Red Cross

Canucks Autism Network

Carnegie Community Centre

Cause We Care Foundation

Children of the Street Society


Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention

Domestic Abuse Services

Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation

Dress for Success

East Vancouver Youth Potential Association

Elks Recreational Children’s Camp Society

Friend 2 Friend Social Learning Society

Green Thumb Players Society

Heart & Stroke Foundation

Heros (Hockey Education Reaching Out Society)

Journey Home Community Association

Kay Meek Centre

Kidsafe Project Society

Leave Out Violence (LOVE)

Looking Glass Foundation

Minerva Foundation for BC Women

MS Society of Canada, BC & Yukon Division

Odd Squad Production Society

Pacific Parklands Foundation: Catching the Spirit Youth Environmental Stewardship Program

PALS Autism School Society

PLEA Community Services Society of BC

Potluck Café Society

Power of Hope Society

Power to Be Adventure Therapy

Project Chef

Purple Thistle – Arts in Action: Arts In Action Society – The Purple Thistle Centre


Ronald McDonald House

St. James Music Academy

St. James Community Service Society

Sophie’s Place Child Advocacy Centre

Strathcona Community Centre


Sustainable Cities International

Take a Hike – Youth at Risk Foundation

Talitha Koum Society

Tapestry Foundation

Turning Point Recovery Society

Union Gospel Mission

Vancouver Homework Club Society

Vancouver Second Mile Society

Vancouver Tap Dance Society

Variety – The Children’s Charity of BC

WISH Drop-in Centre Society

YWCA – Crabtree Corner

Zajac Ranch for Children




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