Every year the Pacific Salmon Foundation holds its Vancouver Gala Dinner & Auction at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre. The dinner plays a vital role in the creation of funds for community salmon programs. Since 1987, the Foundation has provided about $45 million to more than 2,400 unique salmon conservation, restoration and enhancement projects. One key fundraising component of the dinner is the live auction which features a host of high-end experiences, fishing trips, original artwork, jewelry and more. Here's a sneak peak of the live auction for our upcoming 2015 Vancouver Gala Dinner.
Live Auction #1
Fraser Canyon Remote Wilderness Adventure for Four People
Donated By: Great River Fishing Adventures
Experience the exciting “catch and release” White Sturgeon fishery on the Fraser River! Your package will include a full eight hour day of guided angling on board a 25’ river jet boat, with lunch in the afternoon. You will experience this unique fishery with the Great River guides, who are knowledgeable and professional. Reservations are required and are based upon availability for the 2015 season. Fishing licenses and gratuities not included.
Live Auction #2
Joe Fortes Dinner for Eight People
Donated By: Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House and Paramount Limousine
Your evening will begin with chauffeured transportation to Joe Fortes in a Paramount Limousine. Once there, you will enjoy a very special four course “Chef’s Dinner” for eight people including complimenting wines. Executive Chef Wayne Sych will prepare a seafood extravaganza to stimulate your senses. Paramount Limousine will provide transportation home at the end of the evening. Reservations are required and must be mutually arranged.
Live Auction #3
Memphis Wood Fire Grill
Donated By: The Kerrisdale Lumber Co.
This pro-series grill features heavy duty stainless steel construction and simple but state-of-the-art technology. The Memphis grill burns natural wood pellets and boasts a dual fan convection system, which allows for even heat distribution and fast cooking times. Wood pellets are convenient for smoking, baking, or grilling and they add flavour to every meal!
Live Auction #4
Signature Wine Cellar
Donated By: Odlum Brown Limited
Here is the opportunity to enhance your wine cellar with rare, valuable and unusual wines from many of BC and the world’s top winemakers. This wine cellar has been carefully and thoughtfully assembled with something for everyone.
Live Auction #5
Original Raku Sculpture
Donated By: Ed Oldfield
This magnificent raku sculpture was designed, crafted and donated for our gala by talented artist Ed Oldfield of Powell River, BC. This piece features open-ocean Chinook salmon chasing herring. The driftwood has been coated with exterior gloss Varathane and is suitable for indoor or outdoor display.
Live Auction #6
Luxury Skeena River Retreat for Two People
Donated by: Skeena Meadows and Hawkair
Skeena Meadows Wildlife Preserve is a breathtaking 685 acre property situated on the banks of the world famous Skeena River. Each 864 sq. ft. guest tent is insulated and features hardwood floors, leather furniture, fine linens, propane heaters, remote start generators, showers, and full kitchen facilities. This three night/four day getaway includes round trip airfare from Vancouver to your choice of Smithers or Terrace as well as gourmet meals delivered to your tent. Take advantage of abundant freshwater fishing, a guided pheasant hunt, and unlimited use of a covered side-by-side ATV during your stay. Dates are subject to availability during the 2015 season. Licenses and gratuities are not included.
Live Auction #7
Exclusive Brunch at Holt Renfrew for 15 Ladies
Donated By: Holt Renfrew
Enjoy a fabulous private party in Holt Renfrew’s shoe department! On a morning mutually agreed upon, invite 14 guests for brunch in the store an hour before it opens to the public. Enjoy champagne mimosas and breakfast treats as you try on Jimmy Choos, Manolo Blahnik’s, Christian Louboutins and more. Your party will also enjoy shoe-themed games, fun prizes, and a brief presentation on Spring shoe trends. The host will be treated to a pair of complimentary shoes from Holts stock (up to $750 in value) and each guest will receive a deluxe gift bag and a makeup application appointment following the party.
Live Auction #8
Vancouver Sportfishing for 16 People
Donated by: Bon Chovy Fishing Charters, Postmark Brewing and Belgard Kitchen
Bon Chovy Fishing Charters is offering their fleet of four fully equipped Grady Whites for a day of guided angling out of Granville Island. Gather a group of sixteen friends or colleagues for a full day of sportfishing in your very own backyard! Lunch (and beverages) on the water will be provided by Belgard Kitchen and Postmark Brewing. Dates are subject to availability in the 2015 season. Licenses and gratuities not included.
Live Auction #9
Carved Gold “Whale and Young” Bracelet
Donated by: Goldcorp
This beautiful 14 k gold bracelet carved by Kelvin Thompson depicts a family of whales. The whale is a communicator and highly regarded guardian of the sea. Whales travel together and symbolize long life, family and unity.
Live Auction #10
“The Best of Haida Gwaii” Adventure for Two People
Donated By: Haida Tourism
Experience the “Best of Haida Gwaii’ with this three night/four day adventure package for two people. “Haida House” is located on the east coast of Graham Island near the village of Tlell. This getaway includes round trip air transportation from Vancouver to Masset, as well as ground transportation. Upon arrival, you will check into your private guest room and enjoy a Manager’s Reception Dinner. Experience cultural day tours, a traditional canoe tour, a zodiac boat tour, and two traditional Haida feasts as well as all other meals. With the 2015 season sold out, Haida Tourism is offering this trip for the 2016 season which extends from June 1, 2016 to September 1, 2016. Dates are subject to availability.
Live Auction #11
Milbanke Sound Angling Adventure for Two People
Donated by: West Sport Fishing - King Pacific Lodge
West Sport Fishing invites two people to their iconic King Pacific Lodge to enjoy a three night/four day or four night/five day angling and adventure getaway! This trip includes return airfare from Vancouver to Bella Bella and a short and exciting helicopter transfer into the lodge at Milbanke Sound. Relax in luxurious accommodation (based on double occupancy) with a private bathroom, shower and soaker tub. First class West Coast meals are all included with complimentary beer and wine. You will have unlimited access to fishing boats for self-guided angling, and all equipment, wet-weather gear and care of your catch is provided. Fishing licenses and gratuities are not included.
Reservations are required and are based on available dates: June 27 - July 1, July 1 - 4, July 4 - 8, and August 28 - September 2, 2015. West Sport Fishing extends a courtesy to 2015 anglers wishing to re- book. This trip may also be used on any date available after January 1, 2016 for the 2016 season.
Live Auction #12
“Midnight Sun” Cruise for up to 26 People
Donated by: David, Emma and Matthew Doig
Host an incredible day on the water for business or pleasure while supporting a great cause! The Doig Family are offering a half day “Vancouver Harbour and False Creek Cruise” for up to 26 people on their beautiful luxury yacht, “Midnight Sun”. Midnight Sun was built in 1938 for Nootka Packing Company and she has fished the Bering Sea to the US West Coast. She is 88’ in length with a beam of 22’ and has been restored and refurnished impeccably by David and Emma Doig. Enjoy appetizers, beer and wine on the water, followed by a delicious dock side luncheon. Date must be mutually agreed upon during the 2015 season.
Live Auction #14
Carved First Nations Totem Pole
Donated By: Goldcorp
This red cedar totem pole was carved and painted by Salish artist Douglas Horn of Victoria, BC. Doug is a wood carver who experiments with unique symbolism. He primarily uses red and yellow cedar or alder. This totem pole depicts a black bear holding a salmon. The bear is a symbol of strength and is always respected and treated as a high ranking guest. The salmon is the life source and provider of food for all animals and humans. Salmon are honored and celebrated by all coastal peoples. They serve as a powerful symbol of regeneration, self-sacrifice and perseverance.
Live Auction #15
Luxury Learjet for Four People to the Seattle Seahawks
Donated By: Helijet and The Seattle Seahawks
Experience the Superbowl Champion Seattle Seahawks at 500 mile per hour! Fly first class on Helijet’s private Learjet from the Vancouver Airport to Boeing Field in Seattle to take in a Hawks game during the upcoming season! After a quick 30 minute flight, your SUV limo will deliver you to Century Park Field for a gourmet lunch, beverages and tickets to take in the game with the loudest crowd in North America. Once the win is secured, your group will be chauffeured back to Boeing airfield to be whisked back to Vancouver in your awaiting Learjet. Dates are subject to availability and must be mutually agreed upon in the 2015 NFL season.
Live Auction #16
Langara Island Lodge Angling Adventure of a Lifetime for Two People
Donated by: Langara Island Lodge
Langara Island Lodge is offering a world class angling adventure for two people to the luxurious and renowned Langara Island Lodge. Feel the thrill of reeling in a mighty Pacific salmon or halibut in sheltered waters just minutes from the lodge. This package is an all-inclusive 3 night/4 day package which includes gourmet cuisine, alcohol, and first class accommodation. You will have unlimited use of a private guided boat every day of the trip and all marine clothing and fishing equipment will be provided as well as care of your catch. Round trip airfare from Vancouver to Masset is included as well as a scenic helicopter flight into the lodge. Reservations are required and are subject to availability at time of booking during the 2015 or 2016 season. Inquiries for 2016 dates cannot be made prior to January 1, 2016. Fishing licenses and gratuities not included.
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