Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction: Auction, Raffle Raise ~$229,500 For Bard On The Beach Shakespeare Festival
VANCOUVER, BC - February 26, 2019 (Investorideas.com Newswire) The Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction, presented by Blakes, kicked off the 41st Vancouver International Wine Festival on February 23 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver with a spectacular evening of wine and food, topped by a thrilling live auction. Live and silent auctions raised $182,500, while the sold-out raffle for two Delta One International Business Class tickets, donated by Delta Air Lines, raised an additional $20,000. Sponsorships and donations brought the evening's total to $229,500. Net proceeds of this annual fundraiser benefit charitable partner Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival.
"The Gala was absolutely wonderful and all of us at Bard offer our heartfelt thank you to those who attended, and to the team that created it," said Christopher Gaze, artistic director of Bard on the Beach. "The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver provided a truly elegant and dramatic backdrop. The marvellous Gala Chair, Jana Maclagan, along with MC Chris Gailus of Global BC, made sure the night was great fun. It was everything a successful Gala should be – and the funds raised will do remarkable things for our unique Bard Education programs. I'm so thrilled that this generous support will help us teach and inspire thousands of young people across British Columbia."
The evening began with a sparkling wine reception and an opportunity to bid on a fantastic range of wines in the One Bid auction. Following the reception, guests savoured nine spectacular wines paired with five inventive courses created by the Fairmont's executive chef, Colin Burslem, that took guests on a culinary journey inspired by Pacific West Coast vineyards.
Throughout dinner, guests were able to place their bids using electronic tablets on silent auction lots of unique and rare wines, while Master of Ceremonies Chris Gailus kept the evening flowing. During the dinner, Howard E. Blank hosted the exciting Live Auction, which featured once-in-a-lifetime wine lots and spectacular packages.
Highlights of the Live Auction once again proved to be the unique dining and travel experiences. A repeat of the night's wine and food pairings, with a private Bacchanalia Dinner for 8 sold for $6,500, while the amazing dinner for ten on the Bard Mainstage this summer, hosted by Christopher Gaze and Vancouver music legend Jim Byrnes, raised $12,000. And the biggest bidding of the night was on the Taste of Bordeaux Wine Cruise which went for $16,000. In total, the live and silent auctions raised more than $182,500. The sold-out raffle for two Delta One International Business Class tickets, donated by Delta Air Lines, raised an additional $20,000. The raffle was won by Lauretta Bell of Vancouver.
"This year's Bacchanalia Gala was a room buzzing with excitement and energy!" said Jana Maclagan, chair of the Bacchanalia Gala committee. "The crowd was more than ready to enjoy a great evening of food and wine when we opened the door. Bidding was fast and furious on the tablets. The room looked spectacular festooned with Edison lights and a twilight glow that took us through the meal, ending with a spectacular dessert soufflé that was quickly burned off dancing to the Adam Woodall Band. So much fun raising money for Bard's education programs!"
Net proceeds from the 2019 festival, contributed to Bard on the Beach, will be announced at VIWF's fiscal year-end and in conjunction with the opening of the Bard on the Beach season in June. The 2020 Bacchanalia Gala is scheduled for Saturday, February 22, 2020.
Bacchanalia Gala Dinner Wines:
Avanzi Romantica Franciacorta Satèn Brut NV, Lombardy, Italy
Coronica Gran Malvasia 2016, Istria, Croatia
Calera Chardonnay 2016, Central Coast, California
King Estate Pinot Noir 2016, Willamette Valley, Oregon
La Crema Pinot Noir 2015, Russian River Valley, California
Rocca delle Macìe Riserva di Fizzano Gran Selezione 2013, Chianti Classico, Italy
Château Beau-Site Saint-Estèphe 2009, Bordeaux, France
Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon – Shiraz 2014, Barossa, Australia
Robert Mondavi Winery Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Napa Valley, California
De Bortoli Wines Noble One Botrytis Semillon 2014, Riverina, Australia
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ABOUT VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTIVAL
Canada's premier wine show will mark its 41st edition of pairing wine, food and the performing arts from February 23 to March 3, 2019. The festival features California Wines and will showcase 160 wineries from 15 countries (including 53 wineries from California) pouring ~1,450 wines at 54 events to a projected 25,000 admissions. The Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction opens the festival on Saturday, February 23 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. The Trade Days Conference runs Wednesday, February 27 to Friday, March 1. The festival has been named the #1 Food, Wine & Hospitality Event in Canada by New York's BizBash for six years running. The festival is produced by the Vancouver International Wine Festival Society, which has three mandates: provide an informative, educational and entertaining wine experience for public and trade; be a premier marketing opportunity for the wine industry and festival partners; and raise funds for the Bard on the Beach Theatre Society. Since inception in 1979, the festival has raised $9.2 million for the performing arts. Major sponsors are Delta Air Lines and the Vancouver Sun; major industry partners are the BC Liquor Distribution Branch, BC Liquor Stores, and the Import Vintners & Spirits Association. The festival is made possible through the gracious support of our participating countries' consulates and embassies
ABOUT WINE INSTITUTE OF CALIFORNIA
Established in 1934 and based in San Francisco, Wine Institute is the public policy advocacy group of more than 1,000 California wineries and affiliated businesses that initiates and advocates state, federal and international public policy to enhance the environment for the responsible production, consumption and enjoyment of wine. Wine Institute's California Wine Export Program has more than 175 member wineries exporting to 138 countries. The program's 15 representative offices conduct activities in 25 countries around the globe. The Wine Institute's Canadian office coordinates a number of promotional activities every year designed to educate and inform media, trade, stakeholders and consumers about the quality and diversity of products available from the Golden State. For more information on the Wine Institute of California, visit the website at www.discovercaliforniawines.com and www.calwine.ca
ABOUT BARD ON THE BEACH SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
Celebrating its 30th season in 2019, Bard on the Beach is one of Canada's largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare festivals. It is presented on the waterfront in Kitsilano's Vanier Park, adjacent to Vancouver's downtown core. Bard on the Beach offers Shakespeare plays, related dramas and popular special events in two performance tents every June through September. In 2018, attendance was 108,000 and almost 1.9 million patrons have experienced Bard since its inception. Next year's festival dates are June 5 to September 21, 2019, and the lineup includes The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare in Love, All's Well That Ends Well and Coriolanus. Bard also offers a range of education programs, including Young Shakespeareans workshops for 8-18 year-olds at its Vanier Park site during the summer, and the Riotous Youth program for 19 to 24-year-olds. During the school term, Bard also offers workshops for educators and youth in schools and community centres throughout BC's Lower Mainland, as well as at its administrative home, the BMO Theatre Centre (162 West 1st Avenue). Full details and education program information are at bardonthebeach.org.
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