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L. TO R.: Tony Burke, Executive Director & Chair of Bright Nights Committee, Commissioner Eva Riccius, Chair of Vancouver Park Board, Bright Nights Vice-Chair Dave Veuger
STANLEY PARK, VANCOUVER – Bright Nights in Stanley Park 2004 has raised $176,357 thousand for the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund.  Bright Nights is a joint event of the Vancouver Park Board and the provincial Burn Fund.  All donations and partial proceeds from the Stanley Park Christmas Train and Children’s Farmyard go to the Burn Fund to help burn survivors and their families.


In its seven years of operation, Bright Nights has raised over $850 thousand dollars for the Burn Fund.  “The goal for 2005 is to top the million-dollar mark in fundraising,” says Tony Burke, Executive Director of the Burn Fund and Chair of the Fire Fighter’s Bright Nights Committee. “With ongoing support from the community and our sponsors we are positive that we’ll reach the goal.”


Over five hundred professional fire fighters from the Lower Mainland and fire departments around the province donated four thousand hours of their off-duty time to set up, operate and tear down the lighting display. 

The Burn Fund thanks the tireless efforts of the 200 student volunteers who acted as Bright Nights Ambassadors, assisting with crowd control, parking and traffic control. Special thanks for the ongoing support to the Vancouver Park Board, and the management and staff of the Stanley Park Train, Children’s Farmyard, and Mortal Coil.


L. to R. Tony Burke, Dave Veuger, Thanh Hoang, Bar Manager at the Old Spaghetti Factory, Gastown. The OSF is a Gold sponsor of Bright Nights in Stanley Park. This cheque is through their Bright Nights in-house promotion and donations from customers during the month of December.
The Burn Fund acknowledges the Bright Nights sponsors who helped make the event a success. They are:

Gold: Global TV BC, VanNet Newspapers, Old Spaghetti Factory; Bronze: BC Toy Association, White Spot Restaurants, USC Education Savings Plans Inc., Panago Pizza, Mega Cranes Ltd., United Rentals of Canada.

Friends of Bright Nights:  Atomic Signs Ltd., Autogas Propane, Britco, BC Hydro PowerSmart Team, Burnaby Fire Fighters Local 323, Canada Bread Company, Canadian Automated Banking Incorporated, Canadian Intermodal Services, Celestial Seasonings, CFOX Radio, Coquitlam Fire Fighters Local 1782, CUPE 1004, District of West Vancouver, E&E Commercial Insurance Brokers, EasyPark, Finning Rental Power, Gary Turner Displays, General Paint Corporation, Hicks Insurance, Hilary Morris – Artist, Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House/Best Oyster Bar, MacDonald’s Farm, Mansonville Plastics (BC) Ltd., Mitchell’s Gourmet Foods, Mojo Radio, Salmon’s Rentals Ltd., Seattle’s Best Coffee, Shadowline Transportation Group, Surfwood Supply Ltd., Teamsters Union Local 31,, The Beat 94.5 fm, Thomas FX, and Vancouver Fire Fighters Local 18.

The B.C. Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund is a registered non-profit charity established by professional fire fighters to fund the upgrade and purchase of new equipment for hospitals in British Columbia. It also funds education and training of hospital medical staff; does public education in the treatment and care of burn survivors; operates the annual summer camp for young burn survivors and carries out burn prevention and awareness programs.  For more information, or to donate to the Burn Fund, visit

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Media Contact: Margo Bates Publicity Inc. Telephone: 604-536-9501


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