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ABOUT THE GALA

Join us virtually for an evening of live-streamed musical performances by renowned bluesman, Jim Byrnes and friends. You will enjoy moving documentaries and interviews produced by Odd Squad Productions Society, and join them in their mission to end gang violence and substance use among youth.

   

JIM BYRNES, JUNO AWARD RECIPIENT, SINGER, ACTOR 

Jim, born in St. Louis, is a legendary blues icon, an actor of note, and an artist who lights up every stage with song and stories, tried and true and an incredible individual who gives so much of himself to his family, friends and community.

Jim is best known for playing ‘Lifeguard’ in the CBS series “Wiseguy” (1987-1990). He also famously starred as 'Joe Dawson' on the syndicated TV series "Highlander" (1993-1998). As a blues performer, Jim has recorded 10 albums, with Juno Awards for “That River” (’96); “House of Refuge” (’06); “Everywhere West” (’11). He is a recipient of numerous Maple Blues Awards; Canadian Folk Music and Canada Music Awards, member of BC Entertainment Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Variety Heart Award of Vancouver & Variety Champion for Kids Award in St. Louis. In 2017 Jim became an inductee in the Order of British Columbia. Jim was a charter member of Face the World and remains as Honourary Patron.

In 1972, Jim being Jim, was being a good Samaritan helping someone with their vehicle on the highway and was hit from behind by a car losing both his legs. Despite two swipes with death over his life, Jim exemplifies the power of choice in living the way he has. Joining the Board of Directors of Odd Squad 12 years ago has been a huge bonus for OSP. We are honoured to be able to pay tribute to a man who gives back to community in such a meaningful way.

John Daly

John L. Daly is the President of the Odd Squad Productions Society, having served previously on the board. After covering numerous gang wars, murders, including teens, drug overdose deaths, and bullying leading to youth suicides, as a reporter and producer, Daly now is pleased to be a volunteer - working to prevent these crises. 

With 40 years working experience in print, radio, and as a TV news reporter, assignment editor, newscast producer, and talk show host, John’s expertise lies broadly and extensively in TV news reporting. He has been tasked with general investigative assignments focusing on all kinds of crimes, scams, cover-ups, government and agency incompetence, and official malfeasance. 

John is very familiar with all aspects of news scripting, media formats, software, production, equipment, lighting, sets, studio and remote broadcasting. Now retired from daily TV News, he is currently doing a weekly talk show for Global News/CKNW Radio Back on the Beat. He is a member of IRE: Investigative Reporters & Editors.

Howard A. Blank, Auctioneer

Howard Blank has been a member of the gaming, media and entertainment industry for over 30 years.

Howard is proud to give his time and talent at a number of not for profit events each year.  To date, Howard has helped raise over $900,000,000 for organizations across Canada and in the USA.

Howard currently serves as Board member and past Chair of Variety, B.C., and serves as Vice President for BC Entertainment Hall of Fame, Board member for BC Foundation for the Arts, Board Member at our own Odd Squad Production Society, Board Member at Zajac Foundation, Strategic Advisor to the National Museum of Law Enforcement and Organized Crime (MOB MUSEUM) in Nevada, North West 9-11 Memorial Co-Chair and ambassador for Cerebral Palsy  Association of BC.

Howard is CEO of Point Blank Entertainment Ltd. www.pointblankshows.com 

Howard is proud recipient of the Order of Canada “Sovereign Medal for Volunteers” ,“The Lifetime Gaming Award” and the “Philanthropy Award” from the Canadian Gaming Association; he has been honoured with Variety British Columbia’s “ Heart Award for meritorious service as well as “Angel” and “Barker of The Year” awards. Howard is proud recipient of “The Paul Harris Fellowship” medal from Rotary International.  Howard was r honoured with the BC Lupus Society “Inspire” award and in 2015, Howard received the British Columbia Community Achievement Medal from the B.C. Lt. Governor. 

Gloria Macarenko

Gloria Macarenko has connected with audiences in Vancouver and across Canada for the past 35 years, as a host and journalist at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Gloria has garnered several awards as anchor of the CBC Vancouver television news, and as host of several Vancouver- based radio programs.

She currently hosts the Vancouver current affairs programs "On The Coast", CBC Television’s "Our Vancouver", as well as "The Story from Here", a national radio show that brings Canadians lively and intriguing interviews from across the country.

In 2018 she was appointed to The Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian honours in recognition of her broadcasting and volunteering contributions.



ABOUT ODD SQUAD

Odd Squad Productions Society is a registered charitable organization engaging volunteer police officers and civilians with a mission to educate our youth and community about the harm of drug abuse and gang activity. Odd Squad’s approach involves four preventative pillars of action: videos and educational documentaries, drug and gang education presentations, peer-to-peer programs and physical literacy programs.

Donations made to Odd Squad help the organization in delivering valuable and needed reality-based education on the consequences of engaging in risky behaviour to thousands of youth in the Lower Mainland, throughout B.C. and across Canada.


EVENT DETAILS

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Evening Program

7:30pm – Register to bid in the Silent & Live Auctions and check out our many fabulous items!
7:55pm – Preshow from the Hollywood Theatre
8:00-9:30pm – Formal Program
9:30-10:00pm – Last chance for Silent Auction bidding & Donation opportunities


SPONSORS

Odd Squad Productions Society thanks its generous sponsors!


PLATINUM PLUS

 

ANONYMOUS

PLATINUM

 

GOLD

SILVER

 

 

 

THE KINDER DREAM FOUNDATION


GARY AVERBACH

SAM FELDMAN

DR. BILL MACEWAN

BRONZE

 

PATRON

 

ANONYMOUS

ANONYMOUS

SHIRLEY BARNETT

DAVID REED

NOAH + MYRNA WEISZNER

BRUCE & LIS WELCH

GERRY + NANCY ZIPURSKY

FRIENDS OF ODD SQUAD

JOHN DALY

CHARLES HERBST

LEN & JUDI LIBIN

WALLY OPPAL

SHAWN SHIPPER

MICHAEL ZIPURSKY

SAM ZIPURSKY


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