Less than six weeks to go!

VCS-Spinal Chord 2014-7184This year’s Spinal Chord Gala is coming up in less than six weeks, and it promises to be spectacular.

In addition to beautiful music provided by the choir, you can enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres from platinum sponsor Lazy Gourmet, one of Vancouver’s leading catering companies, fine wines and cocktails, and tasty treats from La Macaronette, Sweet Obsession, Gusto Chocolates and Bella Gelateria in our Dessert Descent, one of the most popular events of the night.

Capture your gala-finery with instant photos at our Butter Studio Media photo booth or by our on-site photographer, Edward Lai.


We have some amazing auction and raffle prizes up for grabs, courtesy of our generous sponsors. We’re very happy to welcome returning sponsors including Jeweliette Jewellery, Mink Hair and Make-Up, Sutton Place Hotel, Nannies on Call, and Semperviva Yoga. These amazing companies, and many others, have donated an impressive array of raffle prizes and silent auction items. Every guest attending the Gala will receive one free personal training session (valued at $110 each), courtesy of diamond sponsor Ozone Boutique Fitness, who have also generously donated membership packages for our auction.

Presenting sponsor Medtronic, platinum sponsor David Doig & Associates, and gold sponsors Murphy Battista LLC and MCMP Architects are also proud supporters of this event.

If you haven’t purchased your Spinal Chord Gala tickets yet, be sure to do so soon! Tickets can be purchased online or in person.

Proceeds support spinal cord injury research at ICORD and the artistic endeavours of the Vancouver Cantata Singers. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for this worthwhile event, please contact us.

2015 Gala Tickets are now available

Gala tixTickets for the 7th annual Spinal Chord Gala on our new date, Saturday October 24th, are now available. Still $100 (with $80 tax receipt), your ticket includes live jazz and choral music throughout the evening, tasty hors d’oeuvres by Lazy Gourmet, a complimentary drink, and selection of special desserts. Not to mention sparkling company and some covetable raffle prizes & silent auction items.

Need convincing? Check out some photos from last year’s event, or this excellent video.


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.


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: