Mosqoy’s 10th Anniversary Gala

Decade of Dreams

Mosqoy’s 10th Anniversary Gala

Featuring keynote speaker, Ronald Wright

Award-winning Canadian Author across the Nation

Friday, November 25, 2016

Drinks & Mingle 5:30 pm | Dinner 6:30 pm

Crystal Ballroom, Fairmont Empress Hotel | Victoria, BC

Dress Code & What to Bring
This gala is semi-formal dress. Please dress as elaborately as you would like,
with this label as a guideline.Various cultural interpretations of this label are welcomed.
Please bring chequebook, cash, a pen, an empty stomach,
and a full heart. Cameras are permitted.

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5_gala2016You’re Invited!

You’re invited to Mosqoy’s 10th anniversary fundraising gala, an evening focused on celebrating Mosqoy, its future, and its amazing supporters. Come hear Ronald Wright, while enjoying a four-course sustainable dinner, and purchasing extraordinary artwork.

7_gala2016Our Profit Promise

100% of profits raised during this event will go directly to Mosqoy’s charitable programs, to maintain and improve the work we do. We work with marginalized Quechua communities of the Peruvian highlands to mitigate adverse effects of unsustainable tourism and development by providing economic opportunities that nurture their threatened culture. Our core programs include a post-secondary education fund, a fair-trade textile initiative, and a global stewardship program.

Our Local Connection

Mosqoy was founded by former UVic undergraduate student, Ashli Akins, when she was 21 years old. She has since been honoured as one of UVic’s top 50 alumni in history to have made a difference at the university, in the Victoria community, and worldwide. The University of Victoria and the greater Victoria community have been instrumental in maintaining our programs. Additionally, most of our volunteers are young Victoria residents, working together to learn how to become positive global citizens.

The Keynote Speaker

Ronald Wright is an award-winning Canadian author who began his writing career with one of the premier travel books on Peru, Cut Stones and Crossroads: A Journey in the Two Worlds of Peru. This work established Wright in the literary scene by expertly weaving together threads of historical sensibility, historical imagination, and the human and natural beauty of the earth. Wright’s book, A Short History of Progress, earned him the position of the 43rd annual CBC Massey Lecture series, focusing on the progress and development of societies and the connection to our natural world. Just this month, this book has been selected by the Literary Review of Canada as one of the 25 most influential books in the past 25 years. Wright’s book, Stolen Continents, among countless others, was an award-winning bestseller across the nation. Wright’s work critically examines “progress” and “development” with insightful and thought-provoking questions that push us to deconstruct the histories we have been taught. Ronald Wright’s keynote address will weave together themes aligned with Mosqoy’s values and mandate, including a critical analysis of Peru’s complex history, such as the Spanish invasion of the Incan empire and the continued effects of these systems of oppression and power that are felt by Peru’s indigenous populations today. He will read excerpts from his new book, The Gold Eaters, which just came to the shelves in paperback last month.

2_gala2016The Empress

The setting for this evening will be the spectacular Crystal Ballroom in Victoria’s renowned Fairmont Empress Hotel. The evening’s meal will be catered by The Empress, and a cash bar will be available throughout the evening.

3_gala2016Silent Auction

You will be able to bid on items throughout the night, which have been donated from local businesses, community members, and artists in Victoria. These items range from tours and courses, to original paintings, photographs, and limited-edition books.

8_gala2016Textile Sales

Hand-woven fair-trade Peruvian textiles will be for sale and on exhibit throughout the night. All of our weavings are woven by indigenous Quechua women on backstrap looms, using natural alpaca fibres and sheep wool, and natural plant dyes from the region. Embedded into each weaving is traditional iconography that represent Quechua values, lifestyles, traditions, and beliefs; this artistic tradition dates back centuries and is one of their most integral cultural cornerstones. Weavings range from accessory items such as change-purses and headbands, to larger items such as table-runners and bedcovers. Each piece is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

Ticket Information

Ticket Prices:

  • $85 Early Bird (before November 4)
  • $95 Regular
  • $125 VIP (see below for details)

Ticket Venues:

  • Ten Thousand Villages (1009 Government Street, Victoria, BC)
  • Tanner’s Books (2436 Beacon Ave, Sidney, BC)
  • Online (

4_gala2016What are VIP Tickets?

A VIP ticket will give you a front-row seat for the keynote speech, first choice on items in the textile exhibit, an alcoholic beverage free of charge, and exclusive entry into the Mix & Mingle. The Mix & Mingle begins at 5:30 pm, one hour prior to dinner, in a separate room in the Empress. It is an exclusive intimate gathering where you are invited to meet the keynote speaker, Ronald Wright; Mosqoy’s founder, Ashli Akins; and Mosqoy’s new Executive Director over a glass of champagne. During this event, you will also have the opportunity for Q&As and a book-signing.


Event Sponsors

Our sponsorship list keeps growing! So far, the following individuals and companies have donated their products, time, or funds to make this event possible:

Silent Auction Donors

Thank you so much to all of the individuals and local businesses who have donated their products and services to our silent auction. This list also keeps growing! Thus far, our auction includes items from the following donors:


Would you like to be a gala sponsor?

We are looking for sponsors to contribute to our event costs, so that 100% of proceeds from the night can directly impact our charitable programs. Please click here to view our sponsorship package, where you can learn about how to contribute and what you will receive in return. We will recognize you with a variety of benefits and publicity.

Contact Us

For questions, please feel free to contact our Gala Organizer, Julia Anderson, at or by phone at (250) 858-3306.