NIGHT AT THE AQUARIUM RAISES MORE THAN $370,000 AS OCEAN WISE CELEBRATES OUR COASTS AND CANADA’S 150TH ANNIVERSARY
Spirits were (raised) high at Night at the Aquarium, an annual signature fundraising gala that supports Ocean Wise® and Vancouver Aquarium, presented by PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc. The award-winning event, which took place on Thursday, June 15, brought together more than 350 foodies, wine-lovers, and ocean ambassadors in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary and its incredible and diverse coasts. The event raised more than $370,000 in support of the Aquarium’s conservation, research, and education programs.
Gala festivities began with a Taittinger champagne reception, featuring libations and canapés crafted by local sustainable seafood champions. Tiller’s Folly folk band kept toes tapping while guests bid on impressive silent auction items and bought raffle tickets for business class tickets for two to anywhere in the world that Air Canada flies.
The epicurean delight continued with an exquisite four-course seated dinner with tables set throughout the Aquarium’s galleries and dishes from some of B.C.’s premier chefs paired with delectable wines.
After dinner, guests enjoyed an energetic live auction lead by local man-about-town Fred Lee. For the first time in event history, the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre was the beneficiary of both auctions. Following an introduction by head veterinarian Dr. Martin Haulena and a heartwarming video of recent marine mammal rescues, guests indulged in feisty but friendly competition over once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Prizes included a 13-day Northwest Passage and Greenland adventure from One Ocean Expeditions and a romantic four-night stay in an overwater bungalow at the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora. The Marine Mammal Rescue Centre received $117,000 in support of their efforts.
An acrobatic show by Underground Circus – an amazing demonstration of strength and grace – as well as a selection of digestifs and desserts ended the evening on a sweet note.
Night at the Aquarium would not be possible without our sponsors, donors, event committee and event partners.
Ticket sales are final. Must be 19 years of age or older to attend.
Partial tax receipts will be PROVIDED TO TICKET PURCHASERS.
2017 Winner: Best Event Produced for a Community-Based Charitable Organization