Trees to Seas EcoFair Evening Gala Fundraiser

Join our community of conservation enthusiasts for an evening of good local wine, food, art, storytelling and music on October 22, 2022!

Trees to Seas EcoFair is just a few weeks away and there are still tickets available to attend the Evening Gala Fundraiser at Sea Star Vineyard and Winery. All proceeds* from this event will go towards the permanent purchase and protection of KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest.

Most of EcoFair has been designed to mobilize conservation action through restoration efforts and education. The Evening Gala Fundraiser, however, has been planned as an evening of networking and celebration. It is a chance to enjoy local food and drink while engaging with a community of conservation-minded people against the backdrop of Sea Star, one of the Gulf Island’s only wineries. 

Building with garage doors on a sunny day.

As a neighbor to KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest, Sea Star has become a stalwart supporter of our land protection campaign, donating time, space, and funds. Further, the winery recently released a new sparkling wine called J35 in recognition of Tahlequah, the matriarch of the J17 Southern Resident killer whale (SRKW) matriline. Proceeds from the sale of this wine support Raincoast’s SRKW conservation work. As this continuing support demonstrates, Sea Star is passionate about and dedicated to sustainability. They are consistently making improvements to how they do business to uphold their conservation values including reducing water usage, replacing bottle labels with 100% post-consumer recycled fibre, and incorporating environmental education into their operations to raise public awareness of the issues that impact the West Coast biome.

Evening schedule

Doors open at 7PM and we encourage you to wear your Sunday best! Guests will be invited to explore the space, spending time indoors or in the crisp fall air on the patio under the protection of tents in the likely event of October rain. Wine made locally on site will be available for purchase, with each attendee being entitled to one half price wine tasting, graciously provided by Sea Star as a key sponsor of EcoFair weekend. Nibbles from local purveyors will be freely available for enjoyment throughout the evening. 

A program of storytelling with Faye Mogensen and the musical stylings of Lester Quitzau will begin at 7:30PM extending until 9:30PM. 

Kim Pollard’s untitled painting will be on display at Sea Star throughout the month of October. Valued at over $6,000.00, a silent auction will be open during the Evening Gala Fundraiser with a minimum starting bid of $500. The auction winner will be announced before the end of the event.

Painting of an old growth forest.
“Untitled” (60” x 36”, oil on canvas) by Kim Pollard. Photo by Kenta Kikuchi.

About the talent

Painter Kim Pollard is dedicated to the exploration of Canada’s western provinces, from coastal shores to the Rockies, the prairies, and beyond. She is based on Pender Island. Quiet in her outwardly expression, Kim expresses herself nostalgically through a visual language of beauty and hope in her paintings.

Faye Mogensen is a resident of South Pender Island. She discovered storytelling when working as a Park Interpreter in 1981. Ten years later she completed a Masters of Education focused on storytelling as a tool for environmental change. Recently she’s been honing her skills in international online circles. She continues to perform wherever listeners gather, sharing both traditional and personal stories.

Lester Quitzau is a Juno Award winning Canadian roots music artist with an international following. He is a guitarist, singer, songwriter, composer, and producer. His unique style and fluidity on slide, acoustic and electric guitars, coupled with his well crafted songs and warm vocals, are the fruits of a decades-long musical journey.

*EcoFair is a pay-what-you-can weekend; however, some individual events require purchase. All monies raised from the sale of event tickets will go towards the purchase and permanent protection of KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest.

You can help

Raincoast’s in-house scientists, collaborating graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and professors make us unique among conservation groups. We work with First Nations, academic institutions, government, and other NGOs to build support and inform decisions that protect aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, and the wildlife that depend on them. We conduct ethically applied, process-oriented, and hypothesis-driven research that has immediate and relevant utility for conservation deliberations and the collective body of scientific knowledge.

We investigate to understand coastal species and processes. We inform by bringing science to decision-makers and communities. We inspire action to protect wildlife and wildlife habitats.

Coastal wolf with a salmon in its month.
Photo by Dene Rossouw.