Wine Lovers World Tour a Resounding Success!

SEP 16, 2016

Wine Lovers World Tour a Resounding Success!

Saturday, September 10th was a special evening at the Coast Inn of the North as they held their annual Wine Lovers Dinner in support of Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation. We are thrilled to announce that the Wine Lovers World Tour was a resounding success! Chef Alden Kiland provided a six course culinary delight paired with carefully selected wines to a sold out crowd that opened their hearts and wallets to raise over $66,000 for healthcare in Northern BC.

The evening kicked off with Spanish-influenced tapas and a special sangria cocktail before launching into 6 courses of delectable food paired with wine from Italy, Argentina, Portugal, New Zealand and the Okanagan. The clafoutis dessert, a sweet, Yorkshire pudding-inspired shell filled with peaches and topped with vanilla gelato, was paired with Warm Apple Pie Wine from our local Northern Lights Estate Winery.

A live and silent auction were presented for the Wine Lovers guests thanks to several local businesses and artisans. For the first time at the Wine Lovers Dinner Fund An Item was included in the live auction and was well-received as guests enthusiastically raised their bid cards to pledge their support for the purchase of 12 Neopuff Infant Respirators for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at UHNBC. The Neopuff respirators are the standard of care recommended in all major infant resuscitation protocols because they provide the ability to control the air pressure being forced into an infant's lungs - a significant safety feature. The generosity of those attending handsomely surpassed $14,000 Fund an Item goal so we are happy to announce that additional funds received from the evening will go towards a dedicated ultrasound for UHNBC Mat / Child Centre of Excellence at UHNBC. 

“We are so proud of our relationship with Spirit of the North,” said Coast Inn of the North General Manager David McQuinn. “They make huge contributions to our quality of life and we love celebrating the work they do. While the event allows us to showcase the talents of our team, it is the PG community who humble us with their incredible generosity. We are honoured to host this event and we will continue the journey.”

“The evening was incredible”, said Judy Neiser, CEO for Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation. “The energy in the room was exciting and we are so thrilled with what this partnership for healthcare has done once again. The Coast Inn of the North, Jim Pattison Broadcast Group and the generosity of those who attended made for a perfect evening with great outcomes for healthcare in the North for our littlest patients.”

A raffle was held during the event for two prizes:

1st Prize: Round Trip Airfare for 2 people to Victoria, one night at the Coast Victoria Harbourside, and Dinner for 2 at the Blue Crab Seafood House was won by Richard George.

2nd Prize: Round Trip Airfare to Victoria for one person with Pacific Coastal Airlines was won by Mark Carrico.

For more information, or to donate, please contact the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation Office by calling 250.565.2515.