VBIS PresEnts

An Evening of Black & White… Because Gray Matters

All proceeds go towards brain injury survivors.

We are all SOLD OUT of tickets!

Thank you for your support.


About the 2023 Gala

An Evening of Black and White… Because Gray Matters is our largest annual fundraising gala which supports all the essential programs and services offered by VBIS. Our gala has built a reputation as one of the most elegant and exciting charitable events on Vancouver Island, featuring decadent local food, drinks, entertainment, and prizes.


At the fabulous Beach House overlooking Cordova Bay


Dress Code: Semi-formal black and white


Doors open at 6pm



Live Auction Items

1.The Flight 2019, Screaming Eagle Winery

Value: $2,400
Starting Bid: $1,200

Considered the absolute “Cult Domaine” from California, this very small Domaine was founded in 1986 when local Jean Phillips bought some vineyards. It was at the encouragement of Robert Mondavi that he decided, instead of selling his fruit for a reasonable price, he would make his own wines. The rest is history. Extraordinarily floral and aromatic, with violets and lavender throughout. Black olives, too. It’s medium-to-full-bodied with firm, very fine-grained tannins that run the length of the wine. Goes on
for minutes. A greenish undertone comes out at the end with spearmint, green tea and green olive.
Best after 2028, but already stunning.
Donated by: Ed Geric

2. Dinner with Gerald & April

Value: Priceless!
Starting Bid: $1,000

Enjoy an evening with the one-and-only Gerald Hartwig, past chair of the Victoria Brain Injury Society Board of Directors, and April Dorey Hartwig at their home overlooking the water. This evening will include an extravagant meal (not cooked by Gerald) complete with beautiful cocktails and GUARANTEED entertainment!

Donated by: Gerald Hartwig & April Dorey Hartwig

3. Luxurious Whistler

Value: $2,250
Starting Bid: $1,000

Combining classic elegance and a modern alpine setting, the Fairmont Whistler hotel showcasesexceptional dining and full resort amenities. During your 3-night stay at the Fairmont Whistler, enjoya Chef’s Tasting Menu for Two with Wine Pairings at Il Caminetto.Chef James Walt has been votedbest chef in Whistler by Pique Newsmagazine and was inducted into the British Columbia RestaurantAssociation Hall of Fame in 2011. A meal at Milestones and a trip to the Audain Art Museum roundout this amazing getaway!

Donated by: Fairmont Chateau Whistler,
Il Caminetto, Audain Art Museum,

4. Holland America Cruise for Two

Value: $4,200
Starting Bid: $2,000

When you step aboard one of the five-star ships of Holland America Line, you willexperience a voyage unlike any other.Choose any cruise for 2 (same stateroom) up to 7days in length to Alaska, the Caribbean, Mexico or Canada/New England. Your journeyincludes extraordinary dining, spacious staterooms, elegant surroundings and days filledwith new discoveries and gracious pampering by an award-winning crew. You can chooseto partake in as many – or as few – activities as you wish, from the renowned GreenhouseSpa and Salon, to cooking demonstrations and wine tasting in the Culinary Arts Center,and much more. Or simply relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery from the beautifulwrap-around teak deck.
Donated by: Holland America Line

5. Tofino Adventure

Value: $2,315
Starting Bid: $1,000

Enjoy a well-deserved vacation in a world class tourist destination!
This package features a two-night stay at Duffin Cove Oceanfront Lodge in a premium king suite. Duffin Cove has been completely redeveloped and boasts spectacular oceanfront views from every room. The property is nestled in a remote rainforest setting yet is only one block from downtown Tofino. Enjoy a day of whale or bear watching with Jamie’s Whaling Station, then jump in the waves with board and wetsuit rentals from Live to Surf. End the day with handcrafted spirits at Tofino Distillery. Arrive in Tofino in style in your Alfa Romeo. Adventure awaits!

Donated by: Live to Surf, Tofino Distillery, GAIN Group, Duffin Cove,
Jamie’s Whaling Station

6. Mexican Getaway

Value: $7,450
Starting Bid: $3,000

Enjoy a 7-night luxury vacation at a Grand Mayan Luxury resort of your choosing and airfare from WestJet!
A collection of beach front resorts to choose from. Located in stunning destinations along the most beautiful beaches in Mexico, where everything has been created for happiness! Enjoy luxurious accommodations, endless pools, world-class restaurants, activities for all ages, and a staff that caters to your every need. You will enjoy a vacation filled with fun, relaxation, and the very best service in Mexico. With multiple destinations offering distinctly unique and beautiful locales to experience, every trip can offer new exciting ways to vacation with the same comfortable and friendly atmosphere.

Donated by: WestJet