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June 5, 2013

INFINITY FILMS PRODUCES JOE SEGAL: AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE , EVENT RAISES 2.1 MILLION FOR COAST MENTAL HEALTH

More than 1,500 people donned black tie, miniature medals, glitter and gowns last night to celebrate philanthropist and businessman Joe Segal and raise money for Coast Mental Health.

The evening, held at the Vancouver Convention Centre West, was chaired by Segal’s son, Lorne, and featured a Broadway-style production with live music and video projection.

Infinity Films took on the evening’s entertainment: a three part “documentary come to life” explains Producer Shel Piercy.  “Joe really has had an extraordinary life and it was a thrill for us to recreate his story on the stage and on the screen.”  Against a backdrop of archival Second World War footage, Segal was presented with the Medal of Remembrance in recognition of his role in the liberation of the Netherlands while serving with the Canadian Forces’ Calgary Highlanders.  Johannes Vervloed, Consul-General of the Netherlands, appeared in a video presentation, and the medal was presented by Scott Shepard, Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of the British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaughts Own).

The evening was capped with a performance by singer Paul Anka, and included a series of irreverent sketches in which actors portrayed prominent Vancouverites such as Chip Wilson, Gordon Campbell and Mayor Gregor Robertson.

The real Gregor Robertson was on hand to declare June 4 “Joe Segal Day.”

The event raised about $2.1 million for the non-profit organization that supports recovery from mental illness, and the final tally could climb even higher.