Second Annual Unsung Heroes Gala – May 2022

THE SECOND ANNUAL CASCADIA PRIORY
UNSUNG HEROES GALA

Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) recreate the historic cavalry charge at Moreuil Wood 30 March 2018, 100 years after Lt Gordon Flowerdew led the real charge at Moreuil Wood France.

The second Annual Unsung Heroes Gala is a go! 

2022 will mark the second year we will hold a fund raising and newsworthy Vancouver gala to celebrate an unsung hero from the history of British Columbia. Join us on June 3rd, 2022, at the Sage Restaurant, UBC, us in a celebration of the colourful life and selfless accomplishments of Lt Gordon Flowerdew, a man who left his home in Walachin BC to serve with Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) in the First World War. He led the 30 March 1918 cavalry charge at the Battle of Moreuil Wood but succumbed to his wounds shortly thereafter. He was awarded the Victoria Cross, posthumously, for his courage.

The objective of an annual fundraising dinner to celebrate the unsung heroes of British Columbia is threefold. First and foremost is fundraising for Cascadia Priory of the Order of St George projects and programs to help Veterans. Second is to raise awareness of the rich and colourful history of British Columbians who serve or have served in in the Canadian Armed Forces, Regular, Reserve or Cadet Instructor Cadre, as well as First Responders. Third is to raise awareness of the important but often-overlooked role that our military has played in our history.

We look forward this year to begin collaboration with the Chinese Canadian Military Museum Society on the development of the Unsung Heroes Gala as a successful Annual Vancouver event in that will come to accurately reflect the cultural diversity of our regional history.

Our beneficiaries this year are the Citadel Canine Society, the UBC Equine Therapy Program, and Honour House.

Mark your calendar for 3 June 2022, 6:00 pm for 7:00 pm, at the Sage Restaurant, UBC, for a military style formal dinner (a great opportunity to get all dressed up) packed with tradition and a glimpse of a powerful piece of Canadian Military History. Tickets ($175 each) will go on sale before the new year and details will be posted here as well as to our Facebook Page.

The dinner will be preceded by a short presentation on Lt Flowerdew followed by an introduction to the beneficiaries for 2022 – The Citadel Canine Society, the UBC Equine Therapy Project and Honour House. Dinner will be followed by a uniformed guest speaker, details to follow once confirmed.

We are looking for Cascadia Priory volunteers to help us in the months ahead to make sure that the 2022 Unsung Heroes Gala is so amazing that it does more than provide funds for our 2022 beneficiaries. We’d like it to lead to ongoing success as a popular annual Vancouver fundraising event that has the added benefit of drawing the attention and interest of Vancouver Filmmakers.  Our Unsung Heroes have stories worth transforming into film!

Can’t attend but interested in sponsoring the dinner? Contact us for either a donation or to sponsor a Veteran you think would benefit from participating in the evening. Tax receipts will be available on request for the net of the ticket price (that’s $175 per person less costs)

Volunteer Form

Prepared July 2021 by: Dame Commander Melanie Graham, DCStG, Lt (N) (ret’d) for Cascadia Priory

Questions regarding this proposed event may be directed to:

Knight Commander Allan Plett, Prior, Cascadia Priory

Dame Commander Melanie Graham, Cascadia Priory

More information on Cascadia Priory can be found at https://cascadiacommand-ostg.org/

More information on The Order of St George can be found at https://www.orderstgeorge.ca/