William Osler Health System Foundation’s (Osler Foundation) ninth annual Holi Gala, presented by BVD Group, returned in person last Saturday, bringing over 600 attendees together for an exciting and colourful celebration of spring.
Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of sponsors and guests, this was the most successful Holi Gala in the event’s history, raising $847,000 to support essential surgical equipment needs at Osler’s Brampton Civic Hospital, Etobicoke General Hospital, and Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness. Included among the evening’s generous supporters is Armour Insurance Brokers Ltd., who stepped up with a $100,000 donation during the event’s Fund A Need donation rally, and the Rotary Club of Brampton, who
matched all contributions, up to $100,000.
“This year’s Holi Gala was more meaningful than ever before,” said Ken Mayhew, President and CEO, of Osler Foundation. “The incredible display of colour, entertainment, and lively festivities was something many of us haven’t experienced for over 24 months. We are incredibly grateful for the support of our community, and everyone involved in the Holi Gala, from committee members who helped organize the event, to the hundreds of people who attended, making this much-anticipated event a huge success.”
“BVD Group was honoured to be the presenting sponsor of this year’s Holi Gala,” said Bikram Dhillon, President, BVD Group. “It was wonderful to come together to celebrate while supporting Osler Foundation and ensuring a bright future for health care in our community.”
“Health care has been top of mind for many people in the past two years,” said Adesh Vora, President and CEO SRx Health Solutions, Holi Gala Diamond Sponsor. “It was a natural fit for our organization to sponsor the Holi Gala and help raise critical funds for our community hospitals. We are pleased to be able to support such a worthy cause.”
The festivities included an energizing performance by the Crown Prince of Bhangra, Jazzy B, and a spectacular auction with prizes, including courtside tickets to see the Toronto Raptors, one-year tuition from Mentor College, and a one-year lease on a 2022 Mercedes-Benz vehicle.
The Holi Gala was made possible through sponsors’ generosity. In addition to presenting sponsor BVD Group, the event attracted generous support from Diamond Sponsor: SRx Health Solutions; Emerald Sponsors: In ‘N Out Car Wash and Detailing Centre, and Ryerson University; Ruby Sponsors: Armour Insurance Brokers, Bell, CIBC, Jessie Mann Insurance & Financial Services Inc. – Co-operators, Mentor College, Nanda and Associate Lawyers, Pride Group, Pfizer, SBS Expedited Services Ltd., SSP Truck Line Inc.,
and True North Freight Solutions.
To donate to William Osler Health System Foundation, please visit oslerfoundation.org
ABOUT WILLIAM OSLER HEALTH SYSTEM and FOUNDATION: William Osler Health System is a hospital system, which includes Brampton Civic Hospital, Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness, and Etobicoke General Hospital, and serves 1.3 million residents of Brampton, Etobicoke, and surrounding communities within the Central West region. Osler’s emergency departments are among the busiest in Canada, and its Mental Health and Addictions program is one of the largest in Ontario. William Osler Health System Foundation seeks to create a healthier community through giving by inspiring its communities to invest in exceptional health care close to home.
ABOUT OSLER FOUNDATION’S HOLI GALA – FESTIVAL OF COLOURS: Holi Gala has raised more than $2.3 million for William Osler Health System Foundation since its inception in 2014. Holi Gala celebrates the tradition of Holi and festivities that date back to seventh-century India and is returning this year to an in-person event after a two-year hiatus. The 2022 Holi Gala is in support of Osler’s Build Back, Together campaign and funds raised will go to support the surgical equipment needs at William Osler Health System’s hospitals: Brampton Civic Hospital Etobicoke General Hospital, and Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness. Details are online at www.holigala.ca and www.oslerfoundation.org.