Festival of Colours Gala

This past Saturday, April 28, Experience York Region joined 500 guests at the Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites to help transform cardiac care at Markham Stouffville Hospital.  It was an evening full of entertainment, dancing and delicious Indian cuisine. Guests also had the opportunity to participate in door prizes and a raffle.

The Festival of Colours event was presented by RBC in partnership with leaders of the South Asian community and was hosted by CBC Weather Specialist Karen Johnson. City of Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Deputy Mayor Jack Heath and several other city councillors joined in the festivities.

Dr. Ajai Pasricha, General Internist, MSH kicked off the fundraising with a live equipment appeal that raised over $150,000 in support of the purchase of a new Echocardiography System complete with stress echo and transesophageal echo capabilities. The new system completes advanced cardiac ultrasounds at the patient’s bedside and provides stunning visualization and analysis of cardiac function for the most confident and timely diagnosis.

“It is incredible to witness the community come together to help make a lasting impact on the lives of the many patients who turn to MSH in their time of need,” said Nita Shastri, Event Co-Chair. “There is nothing more beautiful than the hope of saving one more life.”

Traditional Indian dishes were served family style followed by a live Jalebi dessert station in the foyer. An energetic performance by the the Folk N Guys inspired guests to hit the dance floor.

“We look forward to carrying on this tradition of community giving and inspiring others to help ensure leading-edge care is provided to our friends, neighbours and families,” said Bill Bachra, Event Co-Chair.

For a full list of raffle winners, photos or to donate please visit here.

Experience York Region was thrilled to be a part of this diverse, colourful and philanthropic event. Don’t forget that you can list your upcoming events over here for free.

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