Oakville, Oct 28 (Canadian-Media): Lakeshore Convention Centre, 806 Southdown Road Mississauga glittered with festivities and light during the celebration of the 6th annual Oakville Diwali Gala 2019 on Sept 20 in support of Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (OTMH).
The glamorous evening presented by Oakville Diwali Gala was attended by more than 400 guests to enjoy Lights, Camera, Auction. The chief aim of this festival was to benefit the expansion of the surgical program and putting essential equipment in the hands of OTMH caregivers, and giving patients access to new surgical procedures to facilitate them with optimal patient experience.
Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada in his letter also extended his "warmest greetings to everyone attending the Diwali Fundraising Gala, hosted by the Oakville Hospital Foundation...for supporting this worthy cause...making a difference in the health and well-being of your fellow citizens."
Mary McPherson, CEO Oakville Hospital Foundation, in her welcome message said, "this year's community support from Oakville Diwali will help us enhance OTMH's surgical department...that helps heal them and we applaud you for your leadership."
Rekha Sharma, Chair, Oakville Diwali, in her message to the gatherings reminded them of the words of John F. Kennedy, "Ask not what your country can do for you, - ask what you can do for your country" and added, "With your support and our efforts...making patient experience more pleasant."
From Left to right: Arti Nagpal, Mary McPherson & Rekha Sharma
Oakville's Mayor Rob Burton's letter of greetings and best wishes to the organizers of Oakville Diwali and guests read, "Diwali symbolizes victory of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, light over darkness...Oakville Diwali continues to be an important event in support of Oakville Hospital Foundation and Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital."
The red-carpet gala with high-end entertainment started at around 7 P.M. with cocktails from the open bar with tasty appetizers and followed by sumptuous Indian family-style dinner by The Host.
Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. Image credit: Wikipedia
The celebration of Oakville Diwali in a Bollywood meets Hollywood style evening presented an exciting performances by Canada’s #1 Bollywood Dance Company, Broken Dance, which specializes in creating unique choreography and shows.
Also included in the fundraising efforts were: "Pop the balloon" in the Balloon Burst to win some excellent gifts and the Live Auction for the chance to win an adventurous trip, and many more elite prizes!
Balloons cost $75 each and included the chance to win one of three exclusive gift certificates to Knar Jewellery valued at $1,000, $1,500 .$2,500. This event was sponsored by Knar Jewellery.
The proceeds donated from the event was announced, which totalled to over $140,000.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)