Mountain Moments in Nanaimo

The Coast Bastion InnNALT's first Gala Banquet and Auction for the Mount Benson Campaign is coming up fast! Mountain Moments: Past, Present and Future is happening this next Saturday, February 17, 2007, at the Coast Bastion Ballroom. Doors will open at 6 pm, and guests will enter a ballroom transformed into a hike up the mountain, with props, symbols and costumes of the past, present and future. Seven Honorary Patrons for the evening, including Fred Anderson, Lynne Bowen, Barbara Hourston, Roy Linder, Grace Nielson, Joe Stanhope, and Merv Wilkinson will "meet and greet" arriving guests. MC for the evening will be Bruce Williams with the A-Channel gang.

With regard to "dress code" for the evening, there is none. NALT staff and volunteers will be wearing a wide assortment of costumes relating to different eras and activities, and word has it that many of the gala guests are also coming in some kind of "mountain" garb, if you haven't already decided to wear, you are invited to get creative and come as whatever.

A gourmet banquet will be served at 7 pm, followed by a silent auction of more than 50 items - a wide assortment of items including kayak lessons, tickets to shows at the Queens, assorted art works and crafts, Michael Bublé autographed CDs and DVDs, spa packages, camping gear, a pink pearl cruiser bike, lawn maintenance, fine jewelry, cooking classes, golf passes, hairstyling packages, one day getaway packages, and much more...

The whole evening will be a tribute to Mt Benson, its history and future. It will feature a number of different entertainments, including live music, a first Nations fashion show, a stunning video of a hike up the mountain, plus a few surprise "moments".

The activities will culminate with a live auction of 21 items, featuring 11 getaway packages (from Uclulet to downtown Nanaimo to Whistler to Orlando, Florida), VIP tickets to Music for the Mountain 2007, works of art by renown artists, a hand-made table made from west coast Douglas fir, a helicopter ride for four, two season packs of tickets to the 2007-08 Clippers games and two more season ticket packs to the 2007-08 Raiders games, and a one-of-a-kind item for Michael Bublé fans - a platinum- framed portrait featuring Michael Bublé and his platinum CD "It's Time". Professional auctioneer Barbara Richards will lead us through the live auction wither unique brand of style and humour.

Following the auction, the live music trio will strike up again with a dance rhythm, and tables will be moved aside to allow for dancing and further socializing until the midnight hour.

Tickets for this evening of fun are selling steadily. The Ballroom seats a maximum 240 guests, and as of Friday, February 9th, two-thirds of the seats have already been sold, so folks who want to attend this evening of fun and fantasy need to get their tickets soon! Tickets outlets include the Backyard Wild Bird and Nature Store on Metral Drive, Alberni Outpost in Country Club Centre, Falconers Books in Port Place, and the Nanaimo and Area Land Trust, Madrona Building, Suite 8 (Rear), 140 Wallace Street, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5B1, Canada, tel. (250) 714-1990.

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