“Mamma Mia” Gala raises funds for MSH Foundation

On Friday, April 12, guests were transported to a Greek island paradise where they danced, enjoyed Mediterranean-style food and came together as a community for an important cause. Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH) Foundation held Mamma Mia! The Gala at the Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre in support of the expansion of MSH’s orthopaedic surgical program.

Experience York Region had the opportunity to attend this highly anticipated event and enjoyed Canadian television and media personality Kevin Frankish’s lively commentary as the official emcee. Over 650 guests enjoyed the delicious dinner, silent auction and inspiring speeches while singing along to their favourite ABBA hits performed by Canada’s very own ABBA Revisited.

The gala was generously sponsored by Shakir Rehmatullah of Flato Developments Inc. Dave Farrow of East Gwillimbury was the winner of the grand raffle prize: a 2019 Hyundai Kona, generously donated by Automobile Sponsor, Weins Canada and Don Valley North Hyundai.

It was exhilarating to be on-hand to witness the community support that helped purchase four precision power saws and other life-saving medical equipment for the operating room at MSH. Grateful patient Colson Bates, a 16-year-old BMX rider, who one day hopes to compete at the Olympics, took the stage with Dr. Kevin Koo, orthopaedic surgeon at MSH. Last year Bates broke his shin while in practice and had to have surgery at MSH to repair the fracture and allow him to continue to ride at a competitive level.

“I’m happy we were able to take on Colson’s case because of the resources we have here at MSH,” says Dr. Koo. “Having donor funding and support from the community is important to ensuring we are able to continue to deliver high quality care and our patients have the best possible outcomes.”

“My life has changed because of this accident – but the way that the Markham Stouffville Hospital team and Dr. Koo have given me the confidence to keep going and keep pursuing my dream in the sport – that’s what means the most to me,” says Bates.

Expanding the orthopaedic surgical program will enable future growth opportunities for other procedures such as spinal surgeries and sports medicine interventions. More immediately it will increase MSH’s surgical capacity in general, reduce wait times and enhance patient safety and efficiency. For both the surgeon and the patient, less pain, a quicker recovery, and shorter wait times are the mutual goals.

This event hit close to home as one of our team has experienced going through a surgery with Dr. Koo and can attest to the wonderful work they do at MSH. Not only was this a fantastic event to support, it was also an opportunity to learn more about how the funds generated were going towards supporting MSH Foundation to enable the hospital to continue to do the good work for the community that they do.

To see more information about the event, see additional photos, or learn how you can support MSH Foundation,  visit the page here.