Nepal Earthquake Relief Fundraiser event organized by Markham Regional Councillor Joe Li
The Nepal Earthquake Relief Fundraiser event was organized by Markham Regional Councillor Joe Li in collaboration with the local artists from the Canada Diversity Celebration Team to raise awareness for the Nepal earthquake disaster. The event was held on Friday June 12, 2015 at the Century Palace Chinese Restaurant in Markham.Joe Samion & Santha Tsang hosted the evening featuring 19 talented artists who sang a variety popular of Western, Bollywood and Chinese songs. While the guests enjoyed a delicious 10 course meal, dancers entertained them with traditional Chinese performances in elaborate dance costumes.A short documentary film was shown by our partner World Vision and Reverend Byoung Cho to illustrate the devastation of the two major earthquakes and the initiatives that are currently taking place in Kathmandu, Nepal.Regional Councillor Joe Li far exceeded his original target of $20,000-$30,000 with the generous support of the community. The net proceeds raised for this humanitarian cause was over $42,000. Mayor Frank Scarpitti sang a few Chinese songs and raised an additional three thousand dollars in donations, net total of over $45,000 raised for charity.The evening was a great success and well attended with over 250 attendees including Regional Councillor Nirmala Armstrong, Hon. Consul General for Nepal Dr. Kunjar Sharma, and Mr. Shome Chaurasia- Friends of Nepal.The fundraiser event concluded with a universal prayer of hope and peace from Neera Chakravorty. Regional Councillor Joe Li thanked everyone and was sincerely grateful to the guests and the community in coming forward and supporting the humanitarian relief efforts for Nepal.