Spinal Chord program

Excited for Spinal Chord on Saturday?  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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Incredible auction items to look forward to!

One highlight of every Spinal Chord Gala is our array of incredible silent auction items that can be won! Generously donated by our sponsors, our silent auction items range from $50 to almost $1000! Proceeds from the auction go towards supporting the Vancouver Cantata Singers and spinal cord injury research at ICORD.

Here are some of the fantastic items you could go home with on November 1st:

SG90 Solar Kit
By Samlex America
Unlimited clean and quiet power generation from the sun. Samlex Portable Solar Charging Kits are easy to use – just unfold, connect to a battery using the clamps provided and start charging! A 250 Watt Power Inverter is included so you can plug in all of your favorite devices, just like you would into the wall at home. Power lights, laptops, smart phones, tablets, fans, tv’s, stereos and even a blender! In optimal sunlight, the 90W solar panel can generate up to 35 Amp hours of battery charge per day!
Roy Rogers photo
with Disney Collectibles certificate of authenticity
This photo of famous American country singer and cowboy actor Roy Rogers includes a certificate of authenticity from Disney Collectibles. Roy,”King of Cowboys”, appeared on an episode of the Wonderful World of Disney as well as an episode of The Muppet Show, in addition to over 100 films!
Hair and makeup makeover for two
with Mink Makeup + Hair
Need to look fabulous for an event? Then this hair and makeup makeover package for two is perfect for you. This includes on-location hair and makeup styling (with lashes!) from experience hair and makeup artists.
Stay and play package
from Crown Isle Golf Resort
This package includes a round of golf for two and a one-night stay in the Deluxe Suite of the Crown Isle Golf Resort in beautiful Courtenay, BC.
Training package
with Innovative Fitness
Achieve your fitness goals with three one-on-one personal training sessions and one health consultation with professionals from Innovative Fitness.
3 months unlimited yoga
with Semperviva Yoga
Re-energize with three months of unlimited hatha, vinyasa, yin, and kundalini yoga.
Jewelry sets
by Elena Okon
Bid on some beautiful jewelry sets, including freshwater pearl and agate necklaces and earrings, and turquoise bracelet and earrings!
Original Paintings
by Maggie Bernet
Two original paintings appraised at $850. Mixed media-acrylic on canvas, 24″x24″.
Gift baskets & gift certificates Win a variety of gift certificates and gift baskets from generous sponsors BierCraft Restaurant, Clubcard, Granville Island Brewery, Hawksworth Restaurant, Holy Crap Cereal, Luxe Beauty Lounge, Promosapien, Nannies on Call, Soirette, Sutton Place Hotel, Stablehouse Bistro, Harbour Dance, and more!

See more auction prizes from our amazing sponsors at our Spinal Chord Gala, happening on Saturday, Nov 1st. Tickets are available online or in person.

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:

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.