Fraser Valley East Gala

Event Details


7pm - 9pm
Thursday, October 17, 2024


Abbotsford Ag-Rec Centre
32470 Haida Dr
Abbotsford, BC

Rebekah Hagan

Keynote Speaker

Rebekah Hagan is one of today`s youngest speakers on the issues of teenage pregnancy, abortion, and abortion pill reversal. 

Raised in a Christian home where abortion was never discussed, Rebekah`s life in pro-life ministry was unplanned and fueled, instead, by her firsthand experience. She became pregnant at seventeen with her son, Eli, and again with a second child while in her first year of college.  

Feeling ashamed and fearing that she would lose her family and be forced to drop out of school, Rebekah thought that raising two children alone would be impossible. At just over seven weeks pregnant, she began a medication abortion that changed her life; however, her story did not end there. 

Her story has been shared by local and national media, as well as religious and secular organizations, including Vice News HBO, Focus On The Family, Students For Life, Live Action, Heartbeat International, Epoch Times, and World Magazine. 

A passionate advocate for grace-centered outreach, Rebekah Hagan uses her story to unravel the mindset of women in unplanned pregnancies, and to equip and encourage others to lead with hope and compassion. 

Rebekah is a graduate of William Jessup University and a Mission Advancement Officer at Heartbeat International. She and her family reside in Northern California. 

Jared White

Advokate Executive Director

Jared has been the Executive Director of Adokate for 13 years. Through his visionary leadership, he has grown Advokate to be the largest organization of its kind in Canada and has overseen the creation of three pregnancy care centres across the province. Jared was recently elected as a School Trustee with the City of Abbotsford and prior to coming to Advokate, Jared worked in pastoral ministry for eight years. God’s calling in his life is to help reinvent the life-affirming movement to be more effective, relevant, and compassionate. Jared lives in Abbotsford with his wife, Shannon, and four school-aged children.

David Bentall

Event Emcee

Mr. Bentall worked for 20 years in his family’s real estate and construction businesses. During his time as President and CEO of Dominion Construction, the business doubled in size to just under $300 million in sales. During his career in real estate, David played a leading role in several landmark projects across Canada and played a leading role in the successful domestic bid for the Olympics, ultimately resulting in Vancouver hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics.

After the family business was sold, David founded Next Step Advisors, which is now a pre-eminent professional advising firm for family-owned businesses. The company helps family enterprises navigate the uncertainty that often accompanies intergenerational transitions. The firm also supports families by providing advice, education, mentoring and facilitation services.

David is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia and is a graduate of UBC’s Faculty of Commerce and Harvard’s Business School.

His award-winning book, The Company You Keep, explores the keys to building lasting friendships. His second book, Leaving a Legacy, explains how to successfully navigate family business succession. His most recent book, Dear Younger Me, offers wisdom for all aspiring leaders and family enterprise successors.

David is a four-time Canadian National Water Ski Champion. In 2013, in his age group, he was ranked the number one male slalom skier in the world. He and his wife Alison have been married for 45 years. They have four children and nine grandchildren.

Sponsor a Table

Did you know that sponsoring a table at our Celebrate Life Gala comes with extra perks for you and your guests?


Early Bird Rates available for a limited time.

Silver Table

  • 1 Table of 10 Seats
  • 2 Tickets to Pre-Dinner Reception
  • Preferential seating based on level of sponsorship
  • Acknowledgement on Screen

Gold Table

  • 1 Table of 10 Seats
  • 4 Tickets to Pre-Dinner Reception
  • Preferential seating based on level of sponsorship
  • Acknowledgement on Screen

Platinum Table

  • 1 Table of 10 Seats
  • 10 Tickets to Pre-Dinner Reception
  • Preferential seating based on level of sponsorship
  • Acknowledgement On Screen

Table Sponsors play a big role in helping us cover the costs of putting on the gala, allowing 100% of the donations given on the night of to go directly to the women, children, and families we support. Thank you for going the extra mile to make this gala a success.

All table purchases are tax receiptable, minus the fair market value of the 10 meals as per CRA guidelines. In order to receive a tax receipt, your full name and mailing address are required.

General Seating

October 17, 2024 // 7PM - 9PM

General Seating is FREE, but RSVP is required. Please note that if you wish to sit at the same table as other friends/family in the General Seating section, you may need to arrive early in order to save spots.

Dinner Menu

Dinner will be served buffet style. If you or your guests require any dietary specific meals such as gluten-free or vegetarian, please email or call 604-852-4623

Event Schedule

6:00pm Pre-Dinner Reception for Sponsors
6:15pm Doors open for main event
7:00pm Main event begins, dinner buffet open
9:00pm Main event concludes

Gala Livestream

Unable to join us in person? You can join us virtually as we’ll be live-streaming the gala the night of! Livestream will begin at 7:40pm on November 7.


Thanks to Our Sponsors