photos by Catherine BARR
Cactus Club president Richard Jaffray and Angela Hartman come out in support of Inspire Health — The Centre for Integrated Healing.
Ever since Jennifer Beals sported a sexy, ripped sweatshirt in 1983’s Flashdance, exercise gear has become much more than sweat stuff. Fast-forward to the year 2000 and a man named Chip Wilson who, after a life-changing yoga class, opened the first ever lululemon athletica location in Kits. Today, he’s transcended the 80s dance fad to produce a stylish and hip brand that, he says, was created for the “Super Girl market.” Last weekend, Chip’s passion for fashion and health was celebrated in the company’s sixth annual lululemon Flip Flop Soiree in Shaughnessy. He even put himself on the auction block donating a private “Dinner With Chip” at West restaurant. Along with the Cactus Club Cafe, the $100 per head event helped raise money for Inspire Health — The Centre for Integrated Healing — a holistic treatment centre for cancer.
Jester John, a.k.a. John Friesen, and his party beads get things going early.
Crave 95.3 FM personalities Buzz Bishop and Sarah Bartok pull out their flip flops to MC the big event.
Who are these masked minions? Guests Claudio Chis and Christene Sache sparkle thanks to their spectacular masquerade masks.
Things are really cooking at the soiree thanks to Cactus Club chefs Tina Lau, left, Dan Close and Elizabeth Manville.
Sara Gardiner, left, Sonnen Sloan, Carla Gable and Kate McNair toast the celebration.
Is it possible to dance in flip flops? You bet — thanks to Vancouver’s DJ Leanne.
Face it — the lululemon masquerade theme works for party guests Carolyn Marsh, left, Kevin Hogg and Pam Leung.
Sipping cocktails at sunset are fellow lulu gals Carly Sullivan, left, Meghan Crawford and Josie McGraw.
Feathers, fitness and fun are all part of the program for lululemon’s Leah Taylor, Ryan Nordee and Britt Taylor.
He was a sk8r boy, she said see you later boy — at the alter. lululemon founder Chip Wilson, seen here with wife Shannon and son Brett, used his skate/surf business skills to start a new empire in Yoga.
Cactus Club’s Anna Malezynski, left, regional chef Rod Klockow and Camilla Jadhav welcome guests at the mansion door.