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Canadian Tenor Ken Lavigne to Perform at Benefit Concert to Help Local Organization Cut Down on Waitlists

VICTORIA, BC (11 AM – November 2, 2011) – Canadian Tenor Ken Lavigne and friends will lend their vocal talents to the Victoria Brain Injury Society at the 4th Annual Black & White Gala on Saturday, November 19th, 2011.  

Due in part to increased awareness of the connection between Sidney Crosby-like concussions and brain injury, the Victoria Brain Injury Society has seen an upsurge in the number of people accessing their services. In order to meet the demand and cut down on waitlists the organization is seeking new sources of revenue. Funds raised from the event will go towards rehabilitation services for new clients, including life skills training, housing assistance, counselling and family support groups.

According to Barbara Erickson, Director of Client Services at the Victoria Brain Injury Society, there are very few options on the island for people who have experienced a brain injury. “We see over 500 clients a year,” explains Erickson. Limited funding means the non-profit organization can only serve so many clients. “Our waitlists are growing longer and longer, says Erickson. “We continue to offer our services free of charge because most of our clients are on fixed incomes after their injury.”

The Black & White Gala will be held at the Pacific Ballroom of the Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour Hotel and will feature a champagne reception, culinary delights from local chefs and an intimate concert by Ken Lavigne and friends. In 2010, the event raised over $55,000 for brain injury survivors.

To purchase your tickets, or learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Victoria Brain Injury Society at 250-598-9339 or email admin@vbis.ca.

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For more information, please contact:

Nicole Nelson, Director of Resource Development

Victoria Brain Injury Society

P: 250.598.9339



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