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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
Diefenbacher Donovan Sieber // Henry Walser Funeral Home // Ian Cook Construction Ltd.
Entertainment + Photobooth Sponsor:
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada
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|
|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|
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)