News & Events
May 9, 2017
2017 Bishop's Gala raises $52,000 for West Coast Missions!
On Saturday, May 6, 2017, more than 225 people gathered in the hall at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Victoria to celebrate the 2017 Bishop’s Gala.
The purpose of the Annual Gala is to raise funds to support our ministry to our First Nations brothers and sisters on the West Coast of our Diocese, especially in Ahousaht. Last year, thanks to your generosity, we raised enough funds to provide the RVM Sisters with housing
in Port Alberni, and a vehicle. This year, together we raised $52,000! It is our hope that these funds will go towards housing in the community. Thank you so much for your support.
The room was resplendent in the black and gold Gala colours. Guests were greeted with a glass of sparkling wine or sparkling apple juice, as the wonderful staff of Island Culinary Service, who catered the sit-down dinner, circulated with delectable appetizers. The room hummed with conversation, and the joy of the Holy Spirit was very much present in our time together.
Emcee Tony Joe kept the evening moving with style and wit, and also served as our exceptional Auctioneer.
The Silent Auction was a beehive of activity, with many items selling for more than their value.
Our Live Auction featured four amazing items: a beautiful First Nations Mask carved by Jim Evans, Bishop Gary’s cousin; Mangiamo!, a splendid Italian Dinner for Eight prepared and served by Chef Fr. Alfredo Monacelli; Fish with the Bish, two days of fishing with Bishop Gary (and Merlin!); and I’se the B’y, a trip for two to Newfoundland, including airfare and a week’s accommodation in Fr. William Hann’s oceanfront home!
Bishop Gary Gordon and Sr. Vinda Ochoa RVM spoke movingly about our mission of accompaniment to the West Coast.
Thank you so very much for your wholehearted, enthusiastic support of our Bishop’s Gala and of our mission of accompaniment for our First Nations brothers and sisters. We are so very grateful for each of you.
The Knights of Columbus 'Pennies from Heaven' campaign contributed $16,000 to the Bishop's Gala! L to R: Bishop Gary Gordon and Douglas Fox, Past State Deputy, British Columbia and Yukon Knights of Columbus
The Gala Organizing Committee (L to R): Bishop Gary; Char Deslippe, Co-Chair; Linda Nicoll, Co-Chair; Connie Dunwoody, Leah MacKenzie