April 19, 2023, BRAMPTON/ETOBICOKE – William Osler Health System Foundation (Osler Foundation)
marked a historic milestone, commemorating the 10th annual Holi Gala – Festival of Colors, presented by BVD Group, last Saturday, April 15. With a sold-out attendance of 900 guests, this year’s celebration
brought together supporters from the local community and beyond, united in their commitment to raising funds for William Osler Health System (Osler).
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the event, Osler Foundation set a goal to raise $1 million to fund the purchase of critical new technology and to support vital redevelopment projects across Osler; in an incredible show of support, that goal was surpassed thanks to the extraordinary generosity of sponsors and guests.
This was the most successful Holi Gala in the event’s history, raising $3.9 million for Osler’s Brampton Civic Hospital, Etobicoke General Hospital, and Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness.
Included among the evening’s generous supporters were Sukhdeep and Surjit Kang of Armour Insurance
Brokers Ltd., True North Freight Solutions Inc., and SSP Group of Companies Inc. who each stepped up
with a $1 million commitment to Osler Foundation. In addition, Mr. Tarlochan Singh Gill and family matched all contributions up to $100,000 made during the event’s Fund A Need donation rally.
“We have never seen this level of giving at any event of this kind—it is unprecedented,” said Ken Mayhew, President and CEO, Osler Foundation. “Witnessing our community’s commitment to Osler’s physicians, staff, and volunteers is humbling and we are thrilled to see our donors recognize and support their tireless efforts. Led by our passionate and devoted community, it was a night to remember.”
“BVD Group is thrilled to once again serve as the presenting sponsor of the highly anticipated Holi Gala,”
said Bikram Dhillon, President, BVD Group. “As a company that operates within the communities served by Osler’s hospitals, we feel deeply connected to their mission. We believe the funds raised through Holi Gala play a pivotal role in bolstering health care services in Brampton and Etobicoke, and we are happy to support the positive impact it will have on the lives of those in the community.”
The festivities included an electrifying performance by one of the most talked about names in Punjabi music, Sharry Maan, and a fabulous auction with prizes, including courtside tickets to see the Toronto Raptors, one-year tuition from Mentor College, and a one-year lease on a 2023 Mercedes-Benz SUV.
The Holi Gala was made possible through sponsor generosity. In addition to presenting sponsor BVD
Group, the event attracted generous support from Platinum Sponsors: IFS and In ‘N Out Car Wash and
Detailing Centre; Entertainment Sponsor: Orangeville Medical Imaging; Ruby Sponsors: Dr. Nalin & Vandana Ahluwalia Medicine Professional Corporation, Air & Oceanland Inc., Armour Insurance Brokers, Autobahn Freight Lines Ltd., Bell, BioJAMP, CIBC, Fleetex Transport Ltd., Hunter Express, International Multimedia Company Inc., Jessie Mann Insurance & Financial Services – Co-operators, Mentor College, Nanda and Associate Lawyers, New Millenium Tire Centre, Pfizer, Rx Connect Specialty Pharmacy, SBS Expedited Services Ltd., Sheridan, Sofina Foods Inc., SSP Group of Companies Inc., TD Commercial Bank, True North Freight Solutions Inc., and Toronto Metropolitan University.
To donate to William Osler Health System Foundation, please visit oslerfoundation.org
ABOUT WILLIAM OSLER HEALTH SYSTEM and FOUNDATION: William Osler Health System (Osler) 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.
Nationally recognized for its commitment to patient safety, Osler is also Accredited with Exemplary Standing, the highest rating a Canadian hospital can receive from Accreditation Canada. 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 over $7.1 million for William Osler Health System Foundation since its inception. In 2023, the 10th anniversary of the event, guests raised $3.9 million for Osler hospitals to fund critical new technology and support redevelopment costs. The gala celebrates the tradition of Holi and festivities that date back to 7th century India. The 2022 Holi Gala hosted over 650 attendees and raised over $847,000 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.