Toast To The Coast Raises Record-Breaking $170,000 For Ocean Conservation
On Friday, Oct. 20, more than 550 business leaders and young professionals with a taste for the gourmet gathered at Vancouver Aquarium, raising a record-breaking $170,000 for Ocean Wise and its ocean conservation initiatives at the 11th annual Toast to the Coast gala, presented by CIBC.
In contrast to the cool, crisp autumn evening, the atmosphere inside was warm and inviting. Guests sipped and savoured their way through the Aquarium’s many galleries, satisfying their appetites as well as their curiosities as they connected with the 50,000+ aquatic creatures and their compelling conservation stories.
Guests indulged in savoury nibbles and sultry sweets from British Columbia’s top chefs and dedicated partners of the Ocean Wise Seafood program. VIP ticket holders started the evening with tastes from Bauhaus Restaurant, Cacao Vancouver, and Vancouver Aquarium’s Catering & Events team. The main event featured 17 restaurant partners, a robust selection of wines from some of the province’s most notable vineyards and a selection of beer and specialty cocktails.
Spirits were high as guests chatted with friends alongside Blacktip reef sharks in the Tropics Gallery, snapped selfies with a merman diving in the Strait of Georgia habitat, and watched as swimsuit-clad acrobats performed delightful aerials above. Guests tried their luck at the raffle by entering to win a grand prize of two tickets to anywhere Air Canada or Air Canada Rouge flies and engaged in friendly competition over an impressive lineup of silent auction items, including a one-week stay for six in Hawaii, an adventure-filled weekend for two at the Four Seasons Whistler, and a skication at Big White Ski Resort.
The fun continued well into the night as DJ Nathalie from Girl on Wax kept guests dancing for hours.
Toast to the Coast would not possible without the support of our sponsors, drink and food suppliers, and event partners. A sincere thank you goes to guests and volunteers who make Toast to the Coast an unforgettable experience year after year.
All proceeds from Toast to the Coast support Ocean Wise and its important ocean protection programs.
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Note: this is a 19+ event. All ticket sales are final.
Friday, October 20, 2017
6:00 p.m. VIP pre-reception*
7:30 p.m. Main gala
$150 Regular Ticket
$1,500 VIP Experience
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