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2015 Gala


BCBIA’s Annual Cocktail Gala for Brain Injury!

We had a very successful evening fundraising for the BC Brain Injury Association with a prize raffle, live auction and inspiring guest speakers. This year's BCBIA Cocktail Fundraising Gala was held on February 5th at the Winsor Gallery.  Thank you to everyone who was able to attend and support the brain injury community of British Columbia. 

Margaret Trudeau was an entertaining guest speaker; she shared some of her life story from being a prime minister’s wife to her journey of acceptance and recovery from bipolar disorder.   

An amazing example of courage and strength, Ellie Ennas shared her inspirational story about living with a brain injury. 

Fred Lee, from CBC Radio One’s The Early Edition, was our auctioneer for the fantastic prizes on offer. See below for a list of the winners. 

Patti Flaherty, BCBIA President, Liz Baron, BCBIA Secretary & Gala Co-Chair, and Susanne Sherwood, Gala Co-Chair, thanked people for attending and encouraged everyone to participate in the fundraising activities. 
Planning is underway for the 2016 Gala and we look forward to seeing you all there! 

Gala Wrap-Up photo Banner

Browse our photo gallery on Facebook by clicking here and check out the fun we had. Kudos to Peter Wong Photography for documenting the evening for us!  

Live auction - the winning bids!   

There were prizes galore and guests helped support the interests of everybody affected by acquired brain injury in BC. Congratulations to our winners! 


Sun Peaks accommodation & skiing package

  • Four night stay in a privately owned cabin in Sun Peaks  
  • Two adult 3-day lift tickets
  • $100 gift certificate from Sun Peaks Spa for après ski hydrotherapy
  • $50 gift certificate from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
  • $75 gift certificate from Voyageur Restaurant 

*Sponsored by John and Susanne Sherwood, Connect Communities and Sun Peaks Resort* 
Sold for $4500 to Lisa Hudson and Nigel Stewart 


Canucks vs Blue Jackets - March 19th at 7pm 

  • Level 200 single game Executive Suite at Rogers Arena including 14 tickets and two parking spaces for the evening 

*Sponsored by Mike and Lisa Hudson* 
Sold for $1700 to Dwayne Nadeau 


Holland America cruise for two  

  • Ocean view to Alaska, Caribbean, Mexico, or New England/Canada  

*Sponsored by Chuck Jung & Associates* 
Sold for $1400 to Dianna Robertson 


Brain Optimization Program 

  •  Full intensive program for optimizing brain function 

*Sponsored by Valentus Clinics* 
Sold for $750 to Stephen Burke 


  Catered dinner for eight people plus a starter wine cellar 

  • Catered dinner for eight people  
  • Case of wine from Poplar Grove Winery  
  • Three bottle boxed wine collection from La Stella winery 

*Sponsored by Granville Island Catering, Poplar Grove Winery and Saeedeh and Sean Salem* 
Sold for $2100 to Gavin Reynolds


Winning prize raffle! 

Guests purchased raffle tickets for the chance to win some of the great prize packages below. At the end of the evening tickets were drawn and the winners collected their prizes. Congratulations to all winners! 

SPORTS BOWL (four draws) 

Golf & Sail – Value $600 

  • Four weekday green fees – Donor: Guilford Golf Course
  • Afternoon English Bay sail for two – Donor: Vancouver Sailing Club
  • $250 Aritzia gift card – Donor: Aritzia 

Gondola & Sail – Value $520 

  • Two adult season passes for the Sea to Sky Gondola – Donor: CIBC
  • Afternoon English Bay sail for two – Donor: Vancouver Sailing Club
  • Yumm gift basket (allergen free treats) – Donor: Free Yumm
  • $40 Keg gift card – Donor: Scott Hume

Canucks Tickets & Parking – Value $500 

  • Three Canucks tickets and parking pass for March 3rd, 7 pm – Donor: Sarah and Chris Wood 

Canucks Tickets & Kid Jersey – Value $700 

  • Two Canucks tickets for March 14th, 4 pm, and a signed Henrik Sedin kid’s jersey – Donor: Sotheby’s International Realty Canada 


LIVING BOWL (five draws) 

Travel Bug – Value $1,335  

  • Large leather suitcase, carry-on suitcase , two baggage tags – Donor: Claire Newell 

MRI Scan by CMI & FCH – Value $895 each (two draws) 

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan, a powerful, non-invasive technique in diagnostic medicine – Donors: Canadian Magnetic Imaging and False Creek Healthcare 

Original Artwork – Value $500 

  • Mike Rossiter original artwork – Donor: Mike Rossiter (Artist) 

Namaste by Lululemon – Value $495 

  • Mantra tote bag, fluff off jacket, restless pullover, ready to roll short, weekend soft T shirt (clothing size 6, and not exchangeable) – Donor: lululemon athletica

Summer Fun – Value $150 

  • BBQ apron and tools  & $50 Cactus Club gift card – Donors: Cam Watt and Pacific Coast Fruit Products Ltd. 


LEISURE BOWL (five draws) 

The Sutton Place Hotel & Tasting – Value $750 

  • One night stay at The Sutton Place Hotel and $100 Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar gift card – Donor: The Sutton Place Hotel
  • Private tasting event at Cactus Club (West Broadway & Granville location) – Donor: Cactus Club Café 

Sleep Country – Value $740 

  • Two $250 Sleep Country Canada gift cards – Donor: Sleep Country Canada
  • King size 400 thread count Egyptian white sheets – Donor: Scott Hume
  • $40 Arms Reach Bistro (Deep Cove) gift card – Donor: Arms Reach Bistro

Wine & Dine Italian Style – Value $650 

  • Wine and dine at Carmelo’s Ristorante for four – Donors: Carmelo’s Ristorante and Anthony Gismondi 

The Sutton Place Hotel & Gift – Value $600 

  • One night stay at The Sutton Place Hotel and $100 Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar gift card – Donor: The Sutton Place Hotel 
  • Gift basket of culinary delights – Donor: Maria Proust 

Gift Cards – Value $450 

  • $250 Aritzia gift card – Donor: Aritzia
  • Orchid plant – Donor: Cambie Flowers
  • $150 The Soup Solution gift card – Donor: The Soup Solution 


MEMORABILIA BOWL (four draws) 

Shea Weber signed Jersey – Value $420 

  • Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators signed jersey – Donor: Wazuku Advisory Group 

Canada’s World Cup Soccer Team signed Jersey – Value $300 each (two draws)

  • Rare official game jersey signed by all players (one men’s and one women’s) – Donor: Canadian Soccer Association 

Go Brasil Go! – Value $75 

  • A gift basket to celebrate Brasilian soccer – Donor: Mike Ellis Sport Celebration 


Thank you to our generous sponsors who helped to make the event such a success! 



     Plenary Group logo     Worksafe BC logo


Whitelaw Twinning Logo     Hammerberg logo     Valentus logo 



Supporters Plus

Chuck Jung logo



      Bungay Law logo         Henderson logo     

Webster and Associates logo     Semiahmoo House logo      Mission Hill logo       Marsh logo
 Delf Group logo    Mind Your Brain    Mussio Goodman    Wazuku logo         Hanson Wirsig logo     JLL logo     BC Rehab logo   



Prize Donors

    Aritzia logo    Sun Peak logo     Sutton Place logo     Sleep Country logo      Sothebys logo    

Cactus Club Cafe     CIBC logo      Vancouver Sailing Club logo     Claire Newell logo    Arms Reach logo   Popular Grove logo    The Soup Solution logo    Guildford Golf Course logo   False Creek Medical logo     Cambie Flowers     Pacific Fruit logo

GVI Catering   Carmelo's   lululemon logo      Chuck Jung Prize logo     Valets prize logo

Canadian Soccer Association logo     Wazuku prize logo            

Anthony Gismondi     Barb & Tony Holler     Mike & Lisa Hudson     Scott Hume     Maria Proust
Mike Rossiter     Saeedeh & Sean Salem     Susanne & John Sherwood - Connect Communities
Andrea Warren     Cam Watt     Sarah & Chris Wood     Free Yumm 


A project of:


Project launch made possible by:

  BC Neurotrauma Fund via

Rick Hansen Foundation, BC Neurotrauma Fund

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