On Friday, October 12, residents of metro Vancouver demonstrated how much they care about conservation – and how much they enjoy a good party! At the Vancouver Aquarium’s annual Toast to the Coast, over 500 passionate individuals raised a glass to aquatic conservation against the magical backdrop of the Aquarium.

One of the Aquarium’s signature fundraising events, Toast to the Coast raised over $100,000 for conservation, research and education as guests celebrated in style. DJ Leanne energized the crowd with funky tunes while guests bid on over 70 highly-prized auction and raffle items.

Guests indulged their passion for sustainable seafood with dishes from 16 of Vancouver’s favourite restaurants, while sipping smooth wines from B.C.’s very best vineyards.

Not only is Toast to the Coast one of the city’s most enjoyable fundraisers, it also helps the Vancouver Aquarium raise awareness of important conservation programs such as Ocean Wise, its national sustainable seafood program. November is Ocean Wise month, and on November 21, guests will have another opportunity to support conservation at the 2012 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown competition in both Vancouver and Toronto.

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