UPDATE: Victoria’s Boys and Girls Clubs annual fundraiser saved

Greater Victoria charity gala fundraiser moves to CFB Esquimalt after planned boat cruise goes awry

UPDATED STORY:

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Victoria has secured a last-minute venue for its annual gala fundraiser, after the leisure boat it rented was damaged during repairs.

The Wild About Whales cruise was scheduled for May 4 aboard the Orca Spirit II with 100 guests, but the vessel was damaged as it underwent its annual repairs in a Vancouver drydock two weeks ago.

The organization will now hold its festivities at the Ward Room at CFB Esquimalt on May 11, thanks to strings pulled by retired rear admiral Roger Girouard, honorary chair of the event organizing committee.

“We’re just trying to scramble and have a last push on ticket sales,” said Kate Mansell, communications director.

The Wild About Whales rubber whale race is also scheduled for June 15 on the Gorge Waterway.

For more information on gala tickets, email kmansell@bgcvic.org.

ORIGINAL STORY:

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Victoria needs help finding a last-minute venue for its annual gala fundraiser, after the leisure boat it rented was damaged during repairs.

The Wild About Whales cruise was scheduled for May 4 aboard the Orca Spirit II with 100 guests, but the vessel was damaged as it underwent its annual repairs in a Vancouver drydock last week.

“This is a real blow to our fundraising efforts,” said Cheryl d’Estrubé, president of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Victoria. “The money to be raised was being directed to support our after-school programs in four communities – Langford, Central Saanich, VicWest and Esquimalt.”

Organizers are appealing to anyone who can offer a last-minute alternate venue to get in touch with them by calling 250- 384-9133.

The Wild About Whales rubber whale race will still take place June 15 on the Gorge Waterway.

dpalmer@vicnews.com