Night at the Aquarium 2011

Vancouver Aquarium’s iconic Night at the Aquarium gala fundraiser is back for its sixth annual signature fundraising event. Proceeds raised from this event are a critical source of funding for the Aquarium’s conservation, research, and education programs.

Night at the Aquarium 2011
There is no other location in Vancouver where you can mingle with more than 50,000 wonderful sea creatures. Guests at the gala will enjoy a selection of wines from around the world paired with delicious Ocean Wise™ dishes prepared by some of Vancouver’s top chefs, including Rob Clarke of C Restaurant, Frank Pabst of Blue Water Café, David Hawksworth of Hawksworth Restaurant (recently named Vancouver Magazine’s Restaurant of the Year) and Ned Bell of YEW restaurant at Four Seasons Vancouver.

Night at the Aquarium 2011
In addition, gala attendees will enjoy live music and entertainment, and have a chance to bid on dream vacations in the live and silent auctions. This year’s live auction will feature an exclusive vacation package from Sonora Resort. Journey of the Salmon: From the Stream to the Plate will include a two night stay, round-trip helicopter flight for two, a one hour eco adventure tour on the inflatable Polaris vessel, a “raft and snorkel with the salmon” session, a cooking class, a four hour fishing session plus a signed copy of the Tastes of Sonora Cookbook (valued in total at $6,800).

Night at the Aquarium 2011
“There’s no other event like it. Night at the Aquarium is a magical gala where our guests enjoy an unforgettable evening featuring some of B.C.’s top chefs and fine wines,” according to Dr. John Nightingale, president and CEO of the Vancouver Aquarium. “The funds raised at this event directly support our conservation, research and education programs that help to conserve aquatic life.”
Last year, Night at the Aquarium raised over $350,000; the proceeds were used to support the Aquarium’s many programs including Ocean Wise, a national sustainable seafood program, and its frog propagation program to help preserve the Oregon spotted frog (an endangered species in BC).

Night at the Aquarium 2011
Tickets are $250 and include an amazing array of Ocean Wise dishes paired with a selection of exquisite wines. This year’s gala features a special VIP reception highlighting BC spot prawns, caviar, and exclusive wines. ‘Virtual tables’ of eight are available for $2,500.

The Vancouver Aquarium is a self-sustaining, non-profit organization.

Night at the Aquarium
Date: Thursday, June 21, 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Venue: Vancouver Aquarium, Stanley Park
Tickets: $250; available either online or by phoning 604.659.3527 (partial tax receipt given)

Photos courtesy of John Heil Photography.

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