Black and white gala planned because ‘grey matters’

Brain injury society needs to raise money to cover costs of programs serving Greater Victoria

Picture yourself at the grocery store. You have a list in front of you, but you can’t find anything on it and even the thought of asking for help is overwhelming. Meanwhile, people buzz around you on all sides, oblivious to your helplessness.

The scenario is an example of an everyday task that can be a struggle for someone who’s had a brain injury.

To help those who face such challenges, the Victoria Brain Injury Society has a created a new Coping Strategies program – one of eight offered by the non-profit.

The society hosts its fourth annual fundraising gala, Nov. 19 at the Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour.

“An evening of black and white … because grey matters!” is the theme of the evening, which will feature a champagne reception, tapas, silent and live auctions, and a concert performance by tenor Ken Lavigne and some “secret” special guests.

In accordance with the theme, the dress code for the evening is black and/or white formal wear.

Last year’s event raised $55,000 for the society. This year’s goal is an even $100,000, said Nicole Nelson, the organization’s director of resource development.

“Awareness of our organization and what we do has grown exponentially because of the connection between brain injury and concussions,” Nelson said.

“Our wait list has grown, so the need to have this gala has grown.”

The society has set a goal of eliminating its waitlist by next year.

Tickets for the gala cost $150 and can be purchased by calling 250-598-9339.

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