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2013 Gala

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The BC Brain Injury Association (BCBIA) celebrated new chapters as a recently merged organization with the Pacific Coast Brain Injury Conference Society, and raised money for projects. We continue our journey according to our newly defined mission.

Our mission is to be the agent of change providing leadership for developing, driving and implementing a provincial strategy in BC to improve the lives of people who live with acquired brain injury.

Last year's BCBIA Cocktail Fundraising Gala was held on November 14th, 2013 at Vistas 360 inside the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside HotelReturning emcees Michel McDermott and Kyle Donaldson of Breakfast Television, led the evening in great style while Woolysock entertained the crowd with their soulful jazz. 

David Roche
, the guest speaker for the evening, shared his story and talked about the growth of a community being rooted in the good work of its people. He shared moments of grace that are building blocks of change which were profound, hilarious and sometimes both!

Michel McDermott photo          Kyle Donaldson          David Roche          Woolysock Logo

Julia Zarudzka, BCBIA President, Elizabeth Baron, BCBIA Secretary and Gala Co-Chair, and Jeff Boniface, BCBIA Co-Vice President and Gala Co-Chair, gave opening remarks thanking people for attending and encouraging them to participate in the fundraising activities.

Live Auction - The Winning Bids!

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

  • Flight for Two Anywhere in the World (up to $1,200 maximum) and one night’s accommodation and breakfast at the Fairmont Airport Vancouver
    *Flights Sponsored anonymously and B&B sponsored by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts*
    Sold for $1,450 to Angela Wright

  • Holland America Cruise for Two (ocean view) to Alaska, Caribbean/Mexico, or New England/Canada (some restrictions apply)
    *Sponsored by Chuck Jung & Associates*
    Sold for $2,050 to Tracy Baxter
  • Live Art by Adam Briggs
    *Sponsored by BCBIA*
    Sold for $375 to Izumi McGruer
  • Original Artwork by Yehouda Chaki
    *Sponsored by Murray Nichol*
    Sold for $400 to Jacqueline Purtzki

Winning Balloons!

Guests purchased balloons for the chance to win one of the great prizes below. At the end of the evening, balloons were popped and the winners collected their prizes. Congratulations to all winners!

  • Afternoon Sailing Experiences (5 available)
    *Sponsored by Vancouver Sailing Club*
  • Two Day Sailing Course
    *Sponsored by Vancouver Sailing Club*
  • 15 minute Discovery Flight
    *Sponsored by King George Aviation*
  • Four Touchdown Endzone Tickets, 2014 Regular Season Home Game
    *Sponsored by BC Lions*
  • Two tickets for Canucks vs. Dallas  
    *Sponsored by Boniface Consulting Occupational Therapy Services*
  • Necklace made from Chinese fresh water pearls, citrine, quartz and other gemstones
    *Sponsored by New Day Consultants, Deborah St. Jean - Maple Ridge*
  • One Month Membership at Richmond Olympic Oval (4 available)
    *Sponsored by Richmond Olympic Oval*
  • A Night for Two in a One Bedroom Suite - Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel
    *Sponsored by Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel*
  • Two tickets for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
    *Sponsored by Boniface Consulting Occupational Therapy Services*
  • Business Portrait Session – 10 photos
    *Sponsored by Brian Hawkes Executive Photography*
  • Art piece by Chris Waind
    *Sponsored by Chris Waind*
  • Fabulous Gift Basket
    *Sponsored by Foster Walker Gifts of Distinction*

Thank you to our generous sponsors who were part of making the fundraising event so successful!





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             Connect Logo NEW     Whitelaw & Twining Logo

       Murphy Battista Logo          David Roche logo          Kazlaw Logo

        CMI Logo


Supporters Plus:

MacComb Witten logo
Use Your Brain - Wear a Helmet


Webster Logo                    David Doig Logo     
Daniel Corrin Law Corp
RB Webster Law Corp  
Webster-Evans Law Corp  

BC Rehab                Paine Edmonds logo

 Mind Your Brain logo          Parley Logo         CGM Lawyers logo     

HWM logo           Plenary Group

Prize Sponsors:

Foster Walker logo        Fairmont Logo        Chuck Jung logo


A project of:


Project launch made possible by:

  BC Neurotrauma Fund via

Rick Hansen Foundation, BC Neurotrauma Fund

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