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Vancouver BC, March 7, 2017—For the 26th year in a row, the Hyatt Regency Vancouver supported Make-A-Wish® BC & Yukon through their 2016 Gingerbread Lane holiday display, and this year, the Art Institute of Vancouver also added a sweet surprise.


“We are fortunate to be the beneficiary of donations collected at the annual Gingerbread Lane event,” said Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon CEO Ross Hetherington. “As a bonus this year, the Art Institute of Vancouver won prize money from placing 1st in the professional category at the event, and they decided to donate their winnings to us, so we’re very grateful for that nice surprise.”


Each year in December, the Hyatt Regency Vancouver transforms their lobby into a fantastic display of gingerbread creations from school, amateur and professional chefs. The display is free to the public, and there is a donation box for the Make-A-Wish Foundation set up as part of the holiday attraction.


“We know there is the competition element of Gingerbread Lane,” said Hyatt Regency General Manager Lance Marrin, “but we like to think that the real winners are children with life-threatening medical conditions, who are served by the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the generous donations from the public.”


“The Hyatt is an incredible partner for us,” added Hetherington. “They support us through Gingerbread Lane each year, and they are our venue host for our annual Rope For Hope urban rappelling fundraiser as well. We look forward to being back here on July 6th for that event. This hotel truly supports us from the lobby, right up to the roof.”


To date, Gingerbread Lane has raised over $63,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of BC & Yukon. 

[photo: Hyatt Regency GM Lance Marrin (pictured holding at right of cheque), stands with staff from the Hyatt and the winners from the Art Institute of Vancouver, to donate more that $4,000 to Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon CEO Ross Hetherington (pictured center, next to Marrin)]