Here’s a SNEAK PEEK of Silent Auction Items for the May 3rd Gala!

Let us tempt you with a wide variety of unique experiences, whether culinary, adventurous, cultural, musical, educational or purely indulgent. Please bid often and bid generously!


  1. Deep Cove Chalet Dinner & Limousine

Savour classic French dining for four at the Deep Cove Chalet. Chef Pierre Koffel’s menus are legendary, and the waterfront views are mesmerizing.  Arrive in style and comfort and head home relaxed and worry free.  Round trip transportation provided to the Deep Cove Chalet with a chauffeured limousine from L.A. Limousines.

Value: $900

Donors: Deep Cove Chalet, L.A. Limousines

  1. Dine with the Maestros

Enjoy an evening of fine wine, elegant dining and lively conversation with Tania Miller, Giuseppe Pietraroia and your group of 8 in the elegant Uplands home of Joan and Val Pattee.

Value: Priceless

Donors: Tania Miller, Joey Pietraroia, Joan & Val Pattee, Victoria Symphony

  1. Dinner with Bob McDonald

Enjoy a casual dinner and conversation with Bob McDonald, CBC host of Quirks & Quarks, award-winning author and science journalist, in Blighty’s Bistro, Oak Bay’s foodie-favourite haunt.  Gift certificate for $100 provides for dinner for you and Bob McDonald.

Value:        Priceless

Donors:       Bob McDonald, Blighty’s Bistro Restaurant

  1. Dinner with Chef Maestra Miller

Let Chef Maestra Tania Miller entertain you in her Vancouver home with a delectable dinner, sparkling conversation & memorable music for 6-8 guests, with special guest Ian Parker.

Value:       Priceless

Donors:       Tania Miller, Victoria Symphony

  1. Opening Night at the Opera

Enjoy this Opening Night package for POV’s next season performance of Verdi’s Otello, and a wonderful dinner at the Fernwood Inn.  Includes free admission to the POV Sense of Occasion party and free valet parking, and a $40 gift certificate from the Fernwood Inn.

Value:                     $260

Donor:        Pacific Opera Victoria, Fernwood Inn

  1. Theatre & Wine-Bar

Two ticket vouchers, valid for any main stage show in the Belfry’s 15-16 season plus a $50 gift certificate for wine-tasting and small plates from the fabulous Stage Small Plates Wine Bar!

Value:                     $154

Donors:       Belfry Theatre, Stage Small Plates Wine Bar

  1. Overnight on Victoria’s Inner Harbour

Gift certificate for one night in a water-view deluxe room for two in the Coast Victoria Harbourside hotel.

Value:         $230

Donors:        Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel & Marina

  1. Symphony, Ballet & Bubby’s

A Gift Certificate for two great seats at a Signature,Legacy, Classics or Pops concert in Victoria Symphony’s exciting 2015/16 concert season, two A seats to Ballet Victoria’s performance of Annie’s Rodeo, plus a $75 gift certificate for dinner at Bubby’s Kitchen, a local favourite with delicious menu options.

Value:         $355

Donor:        Victoria Symphony, Ballet Victoria



  1. Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Royal BC Museum

Exclusive “behind the scenes” tour of The Royal BC Museum, led by Dr. Scott Cooper, Vice-President, Exhibitions Innovation, for a small group up to 6.

Value:         Priceless

Donors:       The Royal BC Museum

  1. Kreek Paddling & Pub Adventure

Get motivated & go paddling with Adam Kreek, Olympic gold medalist, who will be your guide and coach on this Paddle & Pub Adventure in Victoria’s Inner Harbour, with drink and snack stops at waterfront restaurants GLO, Canoe Club and the Flying Otter for a group of 4-6.

Value:       Priceless

Donors:    Adam Kreek, Whitehall Spirit Rowing Club, Glo Restaurant, Canoe Club, the Flying Otter

  1. Sailing, Food, Wine & Music

Enjoy an exhilarating day’s sail for two people on SV Beyond the Stars, a Hanse 411 oceangoing yacht, then appetizers and wine while anchored in a magnificent cove as music of your choice wafts through the cockpit speakers.

Value:  $660

Donor:  David & Marianne Scott

  1. Good Sailing Adventure

A beautiful day’s sail for two people aboard Karinya, a Hanse 370, plus a delectable Tuscan Picnic.

Value:  $660

Donors:  David and Gilda Good, Cheryl’s Gourmet Pantry

  1. Wonderful Whistler Getaway for Two

Enjoy an idyllic 3 days and nights of relaxation, hiking or golf while staying at a Club Intrawest condo in the heart of Whistler.  Enroute, experience the breathtaking Sea-to-Sky Gondola vistas in Squamish, with a Gondola pass for two.  Subject to scheduling.

Value:  $1000

Donors:  Marc & Patricia Lortie, Sea to Sky Gondola

  1. Painter’s Lodge & Adventure Tour Weekend

Fantastic getaway for two people at either Painter’s Lodge or April Point Resort & Spa, with a 3-hour adventure tour included.

Value:  $650

Donor:  Oak Bay Marine Group

  1. Victoria Sightseeing & Snacks

Got company?  Take them on this one-hour guided tour for up to 14 people, visiting several iconic locations around our wonderful Victoria. Conclude your tour with snacks at Clive’s Lounge or Vista 18 at the Chateau Victoria.

Value:  $210

Donors:  I Love Victoria Sightseeing Tours & Services; Chateau Victoria

  1. Whale-Watching Adventure

Experience the thrill, majesty and mystery of careful, guided viewing of resident or migrating Orca’s in Haro Strait and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.   Pass for four adults.

Value:  $483

Donor: Prince of Whales

  1. Bear Mountain Golf, Spa and Overnight Getaway

Enjoy a round of golf for two on one of the two Bear Mountain Championship Golf courses, be pampered in the luxurious Sante Spa and stay overnight in the scenic Westin Bear Mountain Golf and Resort. Includes $100 Sante Spa gift certificate and spa products.

Value:  $700

Donor:  Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa

  1.  Whistler Experience

Experience Whistler activities, attractions & night-life with a 2-night stay at the luxurious Fairmont Chateau Whistler.

Value:  $550

Donors:  Fairmont Chateau Whistler

  1. Ucluelet Getaway

Walk on the wild side, with a fall or winter two-day stay at Intrawest’s newest resort at Ucluelet – wildlife haven, sea-kayakers’ paradise and gateway to the Pacific-Rim National Park Reserve.  Subject to scheduling.

Value: $400

Donors:  David & Mary Elkins

  1. Star Gazing

Astronomer Dr. David Bohlender invites you and a few guests (which may include children and/or grandchildren) to enjoy an evening of guided stargazing with him on the giant Plaskett Telescope at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, once the largest operating telescope in the world.

Value: Priceless

Donors: Dr. David Bohlender, Victoria Royal Astronomical Society and Dominion  Astrophysical Observatory


  1. Two Bottles of Rare 2005 vintage Burgundies: Montrachet, Grand Cru & Latricières-Chambertin, Grand Cru

Savour this connoisseur’s pairing of two of the greatest Grand Cru wines from the extraordinary vintage of 2005:  Montrachet (chardonnay) and Latricières-Chambertin, (pinot noir).  Serve at a very special occasion, or age in your cellar for a future celebration.

Value: $600

Donors:  Marc Lortie

  1. Luxury Wine Tour for Two

Relax and enjoy the beautiful countryside of the Saanich Peninsula as you and your guest are chauffeured in style to three different wineries for tastings, and a bistro lunch.  (Additional seats can be purchased).

Value:  $300

Donor:  Luxury Wine Tours by LA Limousine

  1. Gourmet Wine & Chocolate Basket #1

Whether a gift for yourself or a friend, nothing beats a gift basket of Rogers Chocolates and Port Wine.

Value: $260

Donors:  Rogers’ Chocolates, Victoria Symphony Board

  1. Gourmet Wine & Chocolate Basket #2

Whether a gift for yourself or a friend, nothing beats a gift basket of Rogers’ Chocolates and Port Wine.

Value: $260

Donors:  Roger’s Chocolates, Victoria Symphony Board


  1. San Francisco Getaway

Use this gift certificate for four concert seats for a performance of the San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director, in the dazzling 15/16 season. To enhance your California vacation, stay at the luxury Fairmont San Francisco Hotel, with a gift certificate for two nights.

Value: $1560

Donors:  San Francisco Symphony, Fairmont San Francisco

  1. Los Angeles Philharmonic Hollywood Bowl Summer Music Festival

Voucher for 2 tickets to one LA Philharmonic (Gustavo Dudamel, Music Director) summer festival concert in the world-famous Hollywood Bowl outdoor amphitheatre, in the Hollywood foothills.

Value: $150

Donor: LA Philharmonic, Los Angeles, CA

  1. Private Concert in Your Home

The renowned Emily Carr String Quarter, (ECSQ), will play a concert (about 40 minutes) for you and your guests in your home.  Experience the dynamic sound of live chamber music with these consummate artists. You may choose a program of Beethoven “The Harp” & Stokes “Feathers” or a program of Ravel string quartet & Goddard “Allaqi.”

Value: $900

Donors: ECSQ: Müge Büyükçelen, Cory Balzer, Mieka Michaux, Alasdair Money

  1. Assistant Conductor for a Day

Take a private conducting lesson, then follow Maestra Tania Miller on stage to experience a rehearsal, then discuss over lunch. Includes 4 complimentary tickets to the concert.

Value: Priceless

Donors: Tania Miller, Victoria Symphony

  1. Wine & Music: Happy Hour in Your Home

Entertain 6 invited guests in your home, savouring fine wine and great music from around the world selected by VS Concertmaster Terry Tam, with technical support from Peter Burris (Orchestra Manager) and Ron Comber (VS librarian). Will include 6 bottles of premium wine and a state-of-the-art Bose Bluetooth wireless speaker for quality sound.  Subject to scheduling.

Value:  $900

Donors:  Terry Tam, Peter Burris, Ron Comber, Manulife Investments, Victoria Symphony

  1. Yo-Yo Ma Concert Loge Seats & Dinner

Enjoy a fine dinner at the Vista 18 restaurant before you settle into 2 spacious Loge seats for superstar Yo-Yo Ma’s concert, Tania Miller, conductor, on Monday December 7, 2015. Package includes gift certificate for the 2 Loge tickets with an invitation to the after-concert party to meet the artist, and a Chateau Victoria gift certificate for $150 for dinner.

Value: $900

Donors: Victoria Symphony, Chateau Victoria

  1. Symphony 75th Anniversary Surprise

Master Auctioneer Eric Harman will conduct once more for the benefit of the Victoria Symphony.

  1. Classical Bridge

Treat your bridge club (up to 12) to the inspiration of a Mozart rehearsal at UVic, then go backstage to play some high-scoring bridge, while enjoying bakery treats from The Market Stores On Yates (includes one $50 gift card) and a “keg” of Starbucks coffee (includes one $20 Starbucks card). Subject to rehearsal scheduling in the 15/16 season.

Value: $300

Donors: Victoria Symphony, Market Stores (On Yates).

  1. Play the Drums on Stage

With guidance from VS musicians Bill Linwood (Timpani) and/or Corey Rae (Percussion), you will begin learning to be a Rock Star by playing the drums on stage for 30 minutes before a rehearsal of “The King – Tribute to Elvis.” Then take a seat on-stage to watch the pro’s play during rehearsal (first week of March, 2016).  Includes two complimentary A tickets to a performance.

Value:  Priceless

Donors:  Victoria Symphony Musicians

  1. Two Victoria Conservatory of Music Concerts

Two gift certificates for each of two special concerts:  Janina Fialkowska, solo recital, piano, March17, 2016 and the Matinee Faculty concert, October 18, 2015 at Alix Goolden Hall.  World-renowned Janina Fialkowska returns to Victoria as part of her world tour; the every-popular VCM faculty concerts inspire audiences and students.

Value:  $200

Donor:  Victoria Conservatory of Music


  1. Premier Seaside Links

Walk in the footsteps of golf legends (Ben Hogan, Bob Hope, Sam Snead) as your foursome plays a round of golf at the Victoria Golf Club, the oldest course in Canada in its original location.

Value:  $800

  1. Gorge Vale Golf

Enjoy a round of golf for four at the Gorge Vale Golf Club plus four $20 beverage certificates. On this mature, traditional course with 143 acres of park-like setting, undulating fairways and rock outcroppings you will forget you are in the middle of British Columbia’s capital city.

Value:  $500

Donor:  Gorge Vale Golf Club

  1. Baseball AND Hockey Tickets

If you like men in stripes with numbers, regardless of the season, this is the gift for you!  Cheer for your local teams with this sports package:  4 tickets to a Victoria HarbourCats baseball game (includes fireworks dates) and 2 tickets to a Victoria Royal’s regular season home hockey game of your choice.

Value: $85

Donors:  Victoria HarbourCats, Victoria Royals


  1. Lunch & Learn Cooking Class for 10

A private lunch and learn cooking class for 10 guests with Chef Dan Hayes of the London Chef, Victoria’s premier cooking school.  Dan is the star of the new cooking show “Moose Meat and Marmalade.”

Value: $500

Donor:  The London Chef

  1. AWESOME Computer

Start fresh with a SLEEK NEW all-in-one touch screen DELL desktop computer, the Inspiron 23 TOUCH.  Impressive from every angle – featuring a 23″ Full HD (1080p) touch screen powered by 4th Gen Intel® Core™ processors and Windows 8.1.

Value:  $1650

Donor:  Derek Sanderson, The Island I.T.

  1. Artist’s Portrait of your Home

Painter Nancy Ruhl, known for her colourful paintings of diverse Victoria neighbourhoods, will paint a portrait of your home, canvas up to 20″ x 20″. Nancy’s recent show at the Madrona Gallery, featured in FOCUS magazine, was a huge success.

Value: $930

Donor: Nancy Ruhl

  1. A Well-Dressed Gentleman

All you need to look great: a gentleman’s cashmere scarf and fine Italian socks!

Value: $185

Donor: Kane Straith Fine Clothing

  1. Financial Advice

Benefit from three hours of expert financial planning advice, to help guide your financial choices regarding tax, estate and trust planning.

Value:  $1200

Donor:  Mike Stubbing, Partner, Grant Thornton LLP

  1. Music-Inspired Jewellery – Musical Notes

Wear music with the Victoria Symphony’s 75th Anniversary limited edition sterling silver necklace and earring set, featuring musical notes and the elegant treble clef.  Custom designed and locally hand-crafted by the artists of Francis Jewellers.

Value:  $439

Donors:  Rafal Zebrowski, Francis Jewellers, Victoria Symphony

  1. Music-Inspired Jewellery – Musical Hearts

Wear music with the Victoria Symphony’s 75th Anniversary limited edition sterling silver necklace and earring set, featuring an elegant treble clef entwined with a heart. Custom designed and locally hand-crafted by the artists of Francis Jewellers.

Value: $540

Donors: Rafal Zebrowski, Francis Jewellers, Victoria Symphony

  1. Music-Inspired Jewellery – Charm Bracelet

Wear music with the Victoria Symphony’s 75th Anniversary limited edition sterling silver charm bracelet, featuring a delicate treble clef entwined in a small heart. Custom designed and locally hand-crafted by the artists of Francis Jewellers.

Value: $198

Donors: Rafal Zebrowski, Francis Jewellers, Victoria Symphony

  1. Garden Service

Get your garden ready with a full day of service by a certified horticultural technician from Monarch Horticulture. The day starts with a walk-around assessment and continues with pruning, trimming, weeding, feeding, planting, mulching, and general troubleshooting. Equipment, labour, and expertise are provided.

Value: $350

Donor: Marcus Hissen, Monarch Horticulture

  1. The Perfect Pooch

Use this gift certificate for 1.5 hours at your home of private training and behavioural consultation for your beloved pet (and their master J)

Value: $120

Donor: Janet Parker, Clever Canine Inc.,

  1. Inner Harbour Water-Taxi

Two annual passes for unlimited taxi service between Inner Harbour stops for one season.

Value: $300

Donor: Victoria Harbour Ferries

  1. Ubuntu: sound-resonating bench

Based on ancient African drums, the Ubuntu is a unique wood-carving drum with beautiful resonance, form and function that is also a bench, by artist and designer Benjamin McLaughlin.

Value: $3200

Donor: Wendy Wacko, Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont, Benjamin McLaughlin

  1. Best Scotch Whiskeys

Two bottles of exquisitely aged 12- year old Scotch Whiskeys, including an Aberfeldy Highland Single Malt and a Highland Park Single Malt. Creamy, with a trailing hint of smoke, gentle peat, faint hint of citrus, long spicy finish.

Value: $300

Donors: Terry Scandrett, April-Dawn Best, Alan Hollingworth

  1. Art Consultation in your Home

Michael Warren, owner of Madrona Gallery, will visit your home for a personal art consultation (2 hours), with advice for preservation, collection management & legacy planning.

Value: $300

Donor: Michael Warren, Madrona Gallery

  1. Canada’s Castle Gifts

History buffs will love this unique Craigdarroch Castle gift basket – 4 admission passes, two fine Castle mugs, a box of Murchie’s choice Ceylon tea and a DVD about the history of this legendary landmark in Victoria.

Value: $95

Donor: Craigdarroch Castle

  1. Overnight in Victoria

A gift certificate for an overnight stay at the Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour, an award winning Victoria hotel within walking distance of all city sights, top attractions and shopping. Enjoy panoramic views of mountains & ocean before a heavenly sleep.

Value: $260

Donor: Marriott Inner Harbour Hotel

  1. Whitehall Spirit Rowing Club

Discover a great new passion with this gift certificate for membership and lessons at Victoria’s new “all water” rowing club, Oak Bay or Inner Harbour locations.   Explore your local waterways with family and friends while building strength, stamina & fitness, – or just get away from it all!

Value: $300

Donor: Whitehall Spirit Rowing Club

  1. Music-Inspired Silk Scarf

Wear music with the Victoria Symphony’s limited edition silk scarf; 1 of only 6 produced for the 75th Anniversary. Custom-designed by renowned fiber artist JUNO and made in Canada.

Value: $125

Donors: Victoria Symphony, JUNO


NOTE: Final details of auction items will be posted on the May 3 Gala Auction Bid Sheets.