It was another record-breaking year for Vancouver Aquarium’s Toast to the Coast, presented by CIBC, fundraising event where 650 guests came together to raise more than $145,000 for aquatic conservation, research and education programs, such as the award-winning, nationwide Ocean Wise™ sustainable seafood program.
Upon arrival, guests were invited to step inside Tin Can Studio’s vintage Streamline trailer to snap a selfie with a rustic west coast theme. Attendees then enjoyed a glass of sparkling wine and delectable oysters by The Curious Oyster Catering Company to kick off a night of delightful food and drink.
Inside the Aquarium 15 delicious Ocean Wise restaurant partners, including Calgary-based River Café and downtownfood, joined the celebration this year, along with divine desserts provided by the irresistible Bella Gelateria, Chez Christophe, Soirette Macarons and Tea and Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts. Wines and specialty beverages were generously poured from top wineries and providers from across the province including Blasted Church, La Stella Winery and Road 13 Vineyards.
Partners generously donate their time and delectable goods to support the important cause of aquatic conservation, bringing the joys of fine food and wine to the festive feel of this popular annual event.
“We are extremely grateful to our guests who came together at Toast to the Coast to celebrate an evening dedicated to aquatic conservation,” says Susan Archibald, Vancouver Aquarium senior vice-president of External Relations. “It was our best event yet – from our artistic Ocean Wise partners and velvety wines to incredible silent auction items – and it only seems to get better year over year. Raising over $145,000, Toast to the Coast is a favourite annual event. We are thankful for the support of our friends and partners who have contributed to our conservation and research efforts.”
New to the event this year was the addition of an after-hours lounge featuring the band Side One. As guests grooved to smooth tunes, friendly competitive bidding took place on over 65 silent auction items, such as diving lessons, coveted tickets to concerts in private executive suites, inspired getaways and inviting culinary excursions. The Spin ‘N Win wheel rattled as guests spun for a chance to win pearl earrings from Jewliette Jewellery as well as silk ties, pocket squares and a custom suit from Indochino. From start to finish, guests were delighted by aquatic habitats and engaged in unique experiences only available at Vancouver’s Aquarium.
A warm thank you goes to Toast to the Coast presenting sponsor CIBC and major sponsors Dentons, New Chapter, SCA, Status Electrical, CTV and Vancouver Magazine as well as the Toast to the Coast committee, Ocean Wise partners, suppliers, donors and guests who helped make the evening a success.
Photo credit: Dan Poh Photography.