RBC Presents the 14th Annual Starlight Gala

Join us for a night to remember at the 14th annual Starlight Gala, presented by RBC and benefiting JDRF. Purchase tables and tickets online, limited space available.

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This year we are excited to take you on a Las Vegas themed evening of Glitz, Glam & Gloss, an 18+ event!


October 26, 2019


Kelowna Yacht Club


5:30pm - Late


Formal glitz, glam, & gloss!

Single Tickets


Table of 10


DJ Haymaker - Event Emcee for the 14th Annual Starlight Gala presented by RBC



DJ Haymaker

Jeff Hay, aka DJ Haymaker, is a highly sought-after interactive mobile DJ. His career has taken him through Whistler and Vancouver, through BCIT’s Radio Broadcast Communications program, a couple of years at 99.9 Sun FM/AM1150, and even contract work as host of BCLC’s popular “Chances Game Show” night.

As a professional entertainment director, Jeff helps plan and deliver music, entertainment, and memories at over 120 events a year! We are proud to welcome Jeff back after a successful 2018 event! View Past Events & Highlights.

Dave Prowten - President and CEO of JDRF Canada to speak at the 14th annual Starlight Gala

Dave Prowten
President and CEO of JDRF Canada

Dave Prowten has worked in the not-for-profit sector – with the last 15 years at charities focused on auto-immune diseases, and the last 6 as President and CEO of JDRF Canada. He is a big believer in the power of research and in his time with JDRF has established an unprecedented Partnership to Defeat Diabetes, which will see $30 million directed to advancing type 1 diabetes research projects.

Dave enjoys advocating on behalf of people living with type 1 diabetes to help them live better lives and, in the latter part of 2017, JDRF’s advocacy work on the Disability Tax Credit ultimately resulted in an incredible win on this issue.

Kevin Rothwell - Auctioneer for the 2019 Starlight Gala Benefiting JDRF

Kevin Rothwell

Kevin Rothwell has been entertaining and helping charitable organizations since 1985. Working in radio, television, as an MC, DJ and benefit auctioneer Kevin has raised millions of dollars for charity.

Kevin is a certified Benefit Auctioneer Specialist by the U.S. National Auctioneers Association. He makes his home in the Okanagan and can be heard on Kelowna’s Soft 103.9.

Agenda / Activities


Cocktail Reception

Cocktails & canapes, blackjack and roulette, silent auction and raffles, photo booth.


Evening Program Begins

3-course dinner and welcome speeches.


Live Auction & Fund-a-Cure

Silent auction closes, prize winner announcements.


Evening Program Ends

Dancing, Safe Ride Home.


The Starlight Gala has consistently performed as one of the top galas in Kelowna, and is an excellent opportunity for exposure and engagement with 200 local business and community leaders, our guests and volunteers.

In addition to the excellent opportunities for activation at the event, we have many opportunities for exposure through social media, and over $30,000 in media exposure we receive from Bell Media, Castanet.net, and Kelowna Capital News. This is great value for your sponsorship investment.

Become A SponsorView 2019 Sponsors

Our Gold Sponsors of 2019

Being a Starlight Gala sponsor is an excellent way to align your business with one of Canada's most respected national health charities; JDRF.

Being a Starlight Gala sponsor is an excellent way to:

  • Align your business with one of Canada's most respected national health charities
  • Position yourself as a strong community supporter
  • Promote your brand and showcase your products and services to 200 of the Okanagan's most influential corporate and community leaders

Depending on your priorities, we can offer a variety of activation and recognition opportunities including:

  • Recognition on local JDRF social media platforms and in local event radio, newspaper and online promotion.
  • Opportunities to speak at the event
  • Advertising in the gala keepsake program
  • Area sponsorship (cocktail reception, silent auction, live auction, photo booth).

2019 Media Partners

Improving Lives. Curing Type 1 Diabetes.

Since 2005 the Starlight Gala has raised over $1.7M for type one diabetes research.

Auctions & Raffles

The Starlight Gala is known for the astonishing array of silent auction items, live auction items and draw prizes.

Donating an auction or raffle item is an excellent opportunity to showcase your products and services to the 200 community and corporate leaders who attend the Starlight Gala.

To donate, please fill out the Auction Donation Form and contact Shannon at 250-765-7711 or kelowna@jdrf.ca to arrange pickup or dropoff.

Live Auction

Every year, the Starlight Gala Live Auction creates a frenzy of generous bidding as guests compete for unique items and experiences!

Watch this space for information on 2019 live auction packages!

Unable to attend the event but want to bid on one or more Live Auction items? Email this Absentee Bid Form to Shannon at kelowna@jdrf.ca

Silent Auction

Year after year, Starlight Gala guests are wowed by the array of amazing items in our silent auction in the following gifted categories:

  • Art & Collectables
  • Clothing & Jewelry
  • Health & Beauty
  • Restaurants, Events & Experiences
  • Wine & Gourmet

There is something special for you and everyone on your gift list! Watch this space for a list of 2019 Silent Auction items as they become available.


The Starlight Gala attracts a wide variety of business and community leaders committed to making a difference. Limited to just 170 guests, we expect to sell out quickly this year. Please make your commitment now so you don’t miss your chance to be part of this extraordinary event!

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Principal Contact

Shannon Jolley - JDRF, Interior BC

Manager, Fundraising & Development