Congratulations, Vernon!

Congratulations to Vernon Bennington, who won our early-bird prize package! Please contact us to collect it. Thanks again to Jeweliette, BierCraft and Luxe Beauty Lounge for providing items for this prize.

If you missed out on this prize, don’t worry. We have loads of really interesting items for you in our silent auction and raffle. The choir is rehearsing some new and exciting pieces to perform, and our volunteers are getting ready to make you feel welcome. What are you waiting for? Get your tickets today.

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Get your tickets early, and be entered to win a prize package!

The Spinal Chord Gala is happening in a little over two months! With summer ending, the next thing you can look forward to is our Gala on Saturday, November 1st. Are you as excited as we are?

win these earrings2Be sure to buy your tickets before October 1st so that you’ll automatically be entered for a chance to win a prize package including vintage rosé cushion cut Swarovski crystal earrings with clear pave stones from Jeweliette Jewellery and gift cards from Luxe Beauty Lounge and BierCraft Restaurant ($175 value).

Tickets are $100 each (with a tax receipt for $80/ticket issued). Tickets are available for purchase online and in person at the ICORD Admin Office.

Have you had a chance to look through our sponsor list yet? We’ve added many new generous sponsors this year to our ever-growing list. Be sure to check out our Spinal Chord Gala Facebook page to see our fantastic array of door prizes and silent auction items waiting to be won, with new items and sponsors featured each week!

Here are a few of our featured sponsors so far:

Spinal Chord program

Excited for Spinal Chord tomorrow?  Here is a timeline of some things to look forward to during the night!

6:45 Doors open
7:35 Welcome & Performance by the Vancouver Cantata Singers
8:15 Performance by the Vancouver Cantata Singers
8:25 Raffle draws
8:55 Performance by the Vancouver Cantata Singers
9:15 Raffle draws
9:25 Auction tables begin closing

Be sure to get your bids in for our fabulous silent auction items, donated by our generous sponsors.

What to wear, where to park

Wondering what to wear? Spinal Chord is a great opportunity to shine in your sequins and dazzle in your tux. Cocktail attire is definitely appropriate. A coat check will be available for overcoats and umbrellas.

[Makeup hint: if you are moved to tears by beautiful music, consider waterproof mascara for the evening!]

Wondering where to park? If you are driving to the gala, there is plenty of pay parking available at the Fairmont Medical Building. Metered street parking is also available along 10th Avenue. Paid accessible parking is available on the East and West sides of the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre–the ticket machine is located near the entrance to Heather Pavilion, just across the East parking lot from the Blusson Centre. Better yet, leave your car at home and come by train (the Broadway Canada Line station is 3 blocks east of the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre) or cab so you can relax and enjoy yourself.
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Meet our Presenting Sponsor: Medtronic of Canada

Medtronic of Canada Ltd. is a trusted Canadian leader delivering innovative health system solutions and advanced medical technologies to alleviate pain, restore health, and extend life for cardio & vascular, diabetes, neuromodulation and surgical technologies. Medtronic is a market-leader in technologies for spine surgery, and has been a strong partner with the clinicians at ICORD in surgical education and research for spinal injuries. We are very grateful to Medtronic, presenting sponsor of the Spinal Chord gala for the second year in a row.medtronic-logo

Bid on this: Personal Fitness

Your new fitness partners: Megan McGillivray (left) is a PhD student in rehabilitation sciences at UBC with a background in kinesiology. Dr. Amanda Chisholm (right) is a postdoctoral fellow at ICORD. She completed her PhD in rehabilitation sciences from the U of Toronto and is also a certified Exercise Physiologist with extensive knowledge in fitness assessment and training.

ICORD researchers will assess your physical fitness, design a customized fitness program for you, provide 2 fitness training sessions, and then give you another assessment so you can see how much you’ve improved.

Your new fitness partners will be Megan McGillivray (left), a PhD student in rehabilitation sciences at UBC with a background in kinesiology, and Dr. Amanda Chisholm (right), a postdoctoral fellow at ICORD with a PhD in rehabilitation sciences from the U of Toronto and certified Exercise Physiologist with extensive knowledge in fitness assessment and training.