• Heart of Gold
  • Heart of Gold

The Heart of Gold Committee, together with the honourary chairs Dr. Gail Plecash and Dr. Chris Fibiger, invite you to join them at an extraordinary black tie evening in support of advancing brain health.

Pushing Boundaries



5:30 – Reception on the outside terrace overlooking Okanagan Lake

7:00 – Dinner in the Crush Pad

9:30 – Live Auction & Paddle Raising in the Crush Pad

10:30 – Lounge with piano bar


The address is 15595 Commonage Road, Lake Country.

A map of the location can be found here.

O’Rourke Family Estate is not located at the same address as O’Rourke Peak Cellars. Please ensure you are directing yourself to the correct address, 15595 Commonage Road.

Please allow yourself 45 mins to 1 hour to arrive at the venue from downtown Kelowna. If you’re coming from Predator Ridge or Sparkling Hill Resort, the venue is about a 15-minute drive away.

The event will consist of both outdoor and indoor locations. The reception is located on the outside terrace overlooking Okanagan Lake and the dinner, live auction and piano lounge bar are all located inside

The dress code for the event is black tie – dress to impress.

We have some of the best Chefs in the Okanagan preparing your meal! If you have any dietary restrictions our Chefs need to be made aware of, or you would like a vegetarian option, please let us know at your earliest convenience so we can do our best to accommodate your request.

A complimentary shared safe ride home is available after dinner (approximately 11:00 pm) and after the after-party (approximately 12:30 pm). If you haven’t yet indicated that you would like to secure your safe-ride home shuttle, please let us know so that we can accommodate your request. Please note that guests are asked to source their own rides to the venue. Your vehicle will be available for pick-up on Sunday, September 11, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm in the parking lot. A valet parking attendant will be available for assistance, and the gates to the winery will remain open during this time. Please celebrate responsibly: don’t drink and drive.

New this year! Both Sparkling Hill Resort and Predator Ridge have offered our guests discounted group codes, should you wish to extend your Heart of Gold evening into a memorable weekend. Booking instructions for the Resort of your choosing can be found here. Please simply follow the instructions and book your accommodation as soon as you’re able, as we have limited rooms on hold.

To book your accommodations, please visit the link here.

The most anticipated fundraising event of the year will encourage and celebrate philanthropy with the goal of advancing our region’s brain health program. To find out more, click the link here.

You are welcome to arrange a shuttle to the venue at your own expense. Please contact Cheers Okanagan Tours directly should you wish to book a shuttle to the venue.  To book your shuttle to the venue, please contact Allen Burke at 250-717-8452 or via email: info@cheersokanagantours.com. *No online bookings are available.

You should be receiving your tickets in the mail in the coming days. If a delay in mail delivery occurs and you do not receive your ticket prior to the event, you can check in at registration with your name.  Please ensure we have the names of all of your guests as well to ensure a smooth check-in.

Contact us:

If you have any additional questions, please call the KGH Foundation: (250)-862-4438

Meet Your Chefs

Reception and Entrée course by Andrea Callan and Jay Bennett of O’Rourke Family Estate Winery

Main course by Mark Filatow of Waterfront Restaurant

Main vegetarian course by Brian Skinner of Franke We Salute you (please advise us in advance if you require a vegetarian meal)

Dessert course by Julian Helman of KARAT Chocolate + Pastry Boutique

Piano bar bites by Stevie Rush and Ian Phillimore of Central Kitchen & Bar

Auction Items

2 Bedroom Maui Condo Stay


O’Rourke Family Estate Dinner


Exclusive Wine Country Experience


Lakehouse Gourmet Master Class


Two Cases of World-Class Wines


Mediterranean Dinner for 8 at Maestro


Quail’s Gate Private Dinner for 8 


Dinner for 8 at Vice & Virtue


Skylux Luxury Helicopter Adventure


Heart of Gold Logo

  • Pack your bags and escape to Honua Kai, Maui, during the month of November for eight (8) days. This condo features two identical master suites with granite and marble bathrooms and all the amenities. Step out into all that Maui has to offer from this ground-floor unit with a beautiful garden and plenty of privacy. Enjoy being close to the pool and the famous Duke’s restaurant.

    Valued at $8,000

    Thank you to Darlene Ramsay

  • Surprise location! Appetizers and bubbles upon arrival. Enjoy a wine-paired dinner for ten (10) with a private chef, and each couple will take home a bottle of the newly released O’Rourke Family Estate wine.

    Valued at $3,500
    Thank you to O’Rourke Family Estate Winery

  • This is the Okanagan wine tour of a lifetime, featuring unique, never-before-offered private experiences and tastings of ultra-rare wines. You and five (5) of your guests will be transported by limousine and helicopter on an extraordinary wine country adventure.

    Start at Mission Hill Family Estate Winery, enjoy an exclusive tasting of vintage wines from Anthony von Mandl’s private collection, followed by an idyllic, al fresco lunch in the vineyard. Hop onto your waiting helicopter for a scenic trip south to the world-famous CheckMate Artisanal Winery. Enjoy a flight of every 100-point Chardonnay ever produced in Canada alongside spectacular architecture and valley-wide views. Next up, The Red Barn Winery at Jagged Rock. This newly completed winery is a visual masterpiece surrounded by the famed Jagged Rock vineyard. The private tasting will feature only wines from the estate.

    Step back on your helicopter and fly north for a barrel tasting with Winemaker Shane Munn at Martin’s Lane Winery. This winery is a masterpiece of both architecture and innovative winemaking. Martin’s Lane is a private facility visited by invitation only. Enjoy an inspired wine tasting of Riesling and Pinot Noir, followed by a locally sourced five-course dinner, artfully paired with the spectacular Martin’s Lane Wines in the private dining room of the proprietor. As your evening comes to an end, you will be transported by limousine back to your home.


    Valued at: PRICELESS
    Thank you to Martin’s Lane Winery, Mission Hill Family Estate Winery, Red Barn at Jagged Rock Vineyard and Checkmate Artisanal Winery.

  • The Gourmet Master Class for Eight is the Lakehouse’s most elevated offering and will take place at the Lakehouse Kitchen Cooking School on Bernard Ave in Kelowna. Led by certified Chef de Cuisine Bernard Casavant, the class will include three courses and an amuse-bouche accompanied by a sommelier-lead wine pairing. The evening ends with a takeaway item from the Lakehouse Kitchen Culinary team and a private shopping experience with exclusive discounts.

    Valued at $2,800 ($350pp)
    Thank you to Sue and Ben Boschman of Lakehouse Home Store

  • This is for the true collector! Two cases of specially curated wines featuring some of the finest vintage reds from the Okanagan Valley, Black Hills – Nota Bene and Mission Hill Family Estates – Oculus. And to challenge your taste buds, a case of international wines featuring red and white wines from regions around the world.

    Thank you to Rick Pushor for the Best of the Okanagan
    Nota Bene: Black Hills Winery (vintages 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018)
    Oculus: Mission Hill Family Estate (vintages 2008, 2012, 2013 x 2, 2014 & 2015)

    Thank you to Geoff Kozowayat, WSET 3 for curating the international collection on behalf of Metro Liquor and thank you to the following agencies for their gracious donations; Mark Anthony, Trialto Wine Group, International Cellars, Phillip Dandurand, Waldorf Wines, Racine Wine Importers, The Wine Syndicate, Empson Fine Wines, and Vintage Corks.

    2012 Lopez De Heredia Vina Cubillo, Rioja: 93 pts. Wine Advocate
    2015 Rolland-Galarreta Ribera Del Duero: 93 pts. Anthony Gismondi
    2020 Alvaro Palacios Camins del Prioat: 92 pts. Wine Advocate
    2016 Marques de Murrieta Reserva: 94 pts. Wine Advocate
    2019 Gaja Ca’Marcanda “Promis”
    2019 Ornellaia Le Serre Nuove: 94 pts. Wine Advocate
    2014 Tormaresca Bocca Di Lupo: 93 pts. Wine Enthusiast
    2018 Azelia Bricco Dell’Oriolo Dolcetto d’Alba
    2019 Domaine Jamet Syrah Collines Rhodaniennes: 92 pts. Wine Advocate
    2019 Planeta Frappato
    2019 Bernard Baudry “les Grezeaux” Chinon
    2013 Tenuta Bellafonte Collenottolo.

    Valued at: $2,750
    *Further details and descriptions about each wine is included with the winner’s package

  • This prize package consists of a fabulous wine-paired dinner for 8 people. Including specialty cocktails on arrival, house-made bread & olives for the table, a delicious selection of tapas, choice of a main course, and you can’t forget dessert – enjoy genuinely unique and mouthwatering desserts made by our award-winning pastry chefs, and enjoy house made limoncello as a digestif to top it all off. A feast for the senses.


    Valued at $2,000

    Thank you to Maestro Kelowna

  • As one of Canada’s foremost family-owned estate wineries, Quails’ Gate has shaped the development of the wine industry for over six decades, focusing on making the Okanagan Valley a true culinary destination. Enjoy a VIP Private Library four-course wine-paired dinner for 8 (eight) guests.


    Valued at: $2,000

    *Certificate valid until October 31, 2024.
    Thank you to Quails’ Gate Estate Winery

  • This one is for the beer and food-loving friends! From the beginning, creativity has been at the heart of everything that Vice & Virtue does. Whether that’s creating new beers, tweaking a current recipe to make it just that much better, coming up with quality food that pairs perfectly alongside their craft beer, or working with talented local artists to create new and innovative labels. Enjoy a private chef’s table dinner for eight (8) with drink pairings and a case (24 beers) of the exclusive Heart of Gold beer.

    Valued at $1,000
    Thank you to Vice & Virtue Brewery & Restaurant

  • Fly to Vancouver in style! You’ll leave YLW in a luxurious, sleek Italian manufactured A119 Helicopter with a VIP configured leather interior and air conditioning all with your comfort in mind. Fly over the Okanagan and experience BC from above – the mountains, lakes and forests. Within an hour, you’ll land at the downtown Helipad in beautiful Vancouver Harbour. Your trip includes one double occupancy night in a Harbourview room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel. Use this charter to arrive in town in style for a Canucks, Lions, Whitecaps or Warriors game, a concert, shopping trip or just a magical night away.

    Valued at $7,600
    Thank you to Skylux Luxury Helicopter Charters