Black and Gold

Black & Gold is the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery’s biggest fundraising event of the year.

Did you know that the Gallery raises 50% of its operating budget through fundraising, individual donors, earned income and sponsorship?  This event contributes $50,000 a year to exhibitions, education and public programming.

We are thrilled to announce the return of CIBC Private Wealth Management and CIBC Wood Gundy – Allan Bush as title sponsors of this year’s event, which will take place at Bingeman's on Thursday 18 October. Save the date - Early Bird tickets go on sale starting 31 May!

Call for Black & Gold Committee Members

We’re looking for outgoing and dedicated volunteers to join our Black & Gold Gala Committee. Gain valuable experience, build your resume, meet people who share your passion for the arts and make a positive impact on your community!

Volunteers contribute to the success of our annual Black & Gold Gala by attending monthly planning meetings from June to October, securing auction items through community donations, and will be required for the full day of the event on Thursday 18 October. Light lifting and standing for extended periods of time will be required during the event, and access to a vehicle would be an asset.

Email Elena Veldman at for more information on joining the 2018 committee, and kindly submit your interest in volunteering by 31 May, 2018.

Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors

Black & Gold is made possible through the generous support of many businesses and the event offers a range of opportunities to show your company’s support for the arts. We thank all the following supporters for their contributions to this year's event - your generosity is a big part of our success.

Black & Gold 2017 Presenting Sponsor:




Wine Sponsor:

Decor Sponsors:

Diefenbacher Donovan Sieber // Henry Walser Funeral Home // Ian Cook Construction Ltd.

Dessert Sponsor:

Audi Kitchener-Waterloo

Entertainment + Photobooth Sponsor:

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada

Hospitality Sponsor:


Printing Sponsor:

Direction Printing

Chauffeur Services Sponsor:


Artist Showcase Sponsor:


Black & Gold Committee   Black & Gold Artist Donors   Black & Gold Volunteers
Barb Billo   Robert Achtemichuk   Julianne Amaral
Leah Caravan   Jane Buyers   Monia Andraza
Stephanie Hiscock   Cora Cluett   Barb Billo
Jennifer Laurie   Tara Cooper   Leah Caravan
Julie Lynch   Sherry Czekus   Annabelle Girard
Shelly Mitchell   Soheila Esfahani   Stephanie Hiscock
Arielle Maze-Kadish   Anne Filiatrault   Joel Kadish
Flor Ponciano   Doug Kirton   Arielle Maze-Kadish
Senta Ross   Eileen MacArthur   Bruce Mitchell
Sharon Wigle   Linda Martinello   Jeremy Mitchell
Dale Smith   Robert McNair   Nicole Mitchell
Elaine Tustin-Smith   Allyson Schmidt-Reeves   Shelly Mitchell
Meghan Stronge   Bill Schwarz   Senta Ross
Annette Woloszyn   Ron Shuebrook   Dale Smith
    Judith Stephen-Wells   Flor Ponciano
    Jean Stevenson   Stephanie Vegh
    Maca Suazo   Sharon Wigle
        Annette Woloszyn


Silent Auction Donors
271 Restaurant Herrle's Country Farm Market Sole Restaurant & Bar
Abe Erb J.M. Drama Alumni (The Registry Theatre) St. Jacobs Factory Outlet Mall
Aga Khan Museum J&P Grocery Stag Shop
Amma Yoga K-W Sewing Machine Stark & Perri Catering Co
BATL | The Backyard Axe Throwing League Kitchener Golf - Doon Valley StationHouse Catering Co.
Bill Curran Kitchener Market Stratford Summer Music
Bingemans Inc. Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Studio FuZion
Bowring Sunrise KW Health Connection Sweet Dreams Teashops
Bread Heads Langdon Hall TA Appliance
Cambridge Art Galleries / Idea Exchange Legacy Greens The Aud and Arenas
Camerons Flower Shop Les Diplomates B&B The Bead Boutique
Centre In The Square Living Fresh Flower Studio The Businesses of Downtown Kitchener
Channer's Men's Apparel Living Lighting The Charcoal Group of Restaurants
Cocoon Apothecary Lost & Found Theatre The Culinary Studio
Community CarShare LOVE YOU Salon & Spa The Frugal Decorator
Creative Landscape Depot Mark Numes The Golden Mean Wellness Shop
Delta Waterloo Mel's Diner The Walper Hotel
Descendants Beer and Beverage Co. Merry-Hill Golf Club The WORKS Gourmet Burger Bistro
Drayton Entertainment Oiseau Salon The Yeti Café
Driverseat Paul Puncher Men's Clothier THEMUSEUM
Elite Training Facility Petsche's Shows Ltd. Toronto Summer Music
Factory Shoe Queen Street Yoga Via Rail
Flowt K-W Real Appeal Vicanie's
Gardiner Museum Red X Wine Club Victoria St. Market
Good Vibes Juice Co. Royal Ontario Museum Vincenzo's
Grand River Film Festival Rumners Wobble Waterloo Region Museum
Grand River Rocks Shaw Festival Westjet Airlines
Hauser Company Store Sherri Flegel, RMT Words Worth Books
  Shirley Madill  


Why support Black & Gold and the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery?

Invest in the cultural life of your community
The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation 2016 Vital Signs Report indicated that 65% of businesses and skilled workers agreed that a thriving arts and cultures scene is a driving factor when considering relocation. Arts are a key part of recruitment and retention—an incredibly important thing in an extremely competitive market for skilled talent.

Position your company as a supportive, community–minded business
A recent poll by Nanos and the Ontario Arts Council in March of 2017 showed that 90% of Ontarians believe in the importance of the arts to improving the quality of life of a community.

Engage with affluent and culturally aware individuals 
• 67% of guests are 56-69 followed by the 26-39 category at 23%
• 55% of respondents were female
• 78% have a household income of $100 000+
• 43% have spent $500+ on auction items at Black & Gold
• Over 50% of tickets are sold to leading businesses in the region

Results from a survey of Black & Gold guests 2015 & 2016 (May 2017)