The month of April is over, and what a month it was for us at Choice Communication.
Two events in two weeks marked a busy stretch – albeit a memorable one.
Let’s start with April 9.
Not only were guests in the presence of some fine jewellery, courtesy of Montecristo Jewellers, but the sweet aroma of Thomas Haas’ freshly baked truffles filled the 2 River Green presentation centre all night long. And it tasted even better than it smelled. Trust us on that.
The exclusive event saw guests enter on a red carpet and then exit with quite an amazing gift bag that included wine, macarons and a gift certificate to Montecristo. To top it off, one lucky guest left with the highly coveted prize draw – a $15,000 diamond necklace.
Not bad. Not bad at all.
In between the grand entrance and bountiful exit, the near-200 in attendance were treated to some cool jazz, delectable hors d’oeurves and tours of the 2 River Green display suites.
A fun night it was, and most left with a big smile on their face.
Just a week later, we were back at it, this time next door at the Richmond Olympic Oval.
With special guest Patrick Chan in town – you may remember him from such Olympics as 2010 and 2014 where he won two silver medals, as well as several figure skating World Championships and that time he was named the Canadian Male Athlete of the Year – there was plenty of buzz heading into the event.
Long story short, it lived up to the hype and more.
After taking part in the groundbreaking of 2 River Green alongside Richmond mayor Malcolm Brodie, Aspac Developments Ltd.’s Raymond Li and a couple city councillors, Patrick made his way to the Oval where about 500 spectators awaited.
Earlier in the morning, three elementary schools from the Lower Mainland had a chance to skate on the ice at the Oval, thanks to Aspac and their initiative to continue building community in Richmond. The kids then got to also join the crowd in watching Patrick’s two performances.
What a treat that was.
Words won’t do it justice, and really, neither do the pictures. But the man can skate, beautifully. Just ask anyone in attendance that day.
He showcased two numbers, sandwiching skates from two young female figure skaters from Connaught Skating Club and Kerrisdale Figure Skating Club. It came as no surprise that there was plenty of cheering, clapping and photo taking all throughout the event.
But as great of a skater as Patrick was and as fine a show he performed, the well-recognized Canadian was an even better person off the ice. He never said no to an autograph or picture – including all the ones he took during the meet and greet at the 2 River Green presentation centre later in the day – and was extremely engaging with his fans, young and old.
It certainly made the day even more special than it already was.