In a dazzling display of colour, song and dance, William Osler Health System Foundation (Osler Foundation) celebrated the arrival of spring and raised vital funds for local hospitals at the sixth annual Holi Gala – The Festival of Colours, at the Pearson Convention Center in Brampton.
The sold-out event raised more than $600,000 for equipment needs and redevelopment at William Osler Health System’s (Osler) Brampton Civic Hospital, Etobicoke General Hospital and Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness.
“Again this year, I am humbled by and grateful for the incredible support from Holi Gala guests, committee members, corporate sponsors and community leaders,” said Ken Mayhew, President and CEO, Osler Foundation. “The colour and magic of this event are always so welcome at this time of year, and the funds raised have a meaningful impact on health care in our community.”
Punjabi singing sensation Lakhwinder Wadali entertained the crowd of 900. Guests were also treated to gourmet food and a stunning dance performance by the Shiamak Davar Dance troop.
A portion of the funds raised at this year’s event will support kidney care at Osler hospitals, which is particularly important considering the communities served by Osler hospitals have a greater-than-average incidence of kidney disease; approximately 650 patients currently receive dialysis across Osler’s three sites.
Photo: Pal Ghumman, community chair, Holi Gala Committee; Genevieve Gualtieri; Vandana Ahluwalia, co-chair, Holi Gala Committee; Ken Mayhew, President & CEO, William Osler Health System Foundation; His Worship Patrick Brown, Mayor of Brampton; Dr. Gurjit Bajwa, co-chair, Holi Gala Committee; Dr. Bajinder Reen, mission chair, Holi Gala committee; Bob Peacock, Chair, William Osler Health System Foundation’s Board of Directors; Dr. Brendan Carr, President & CEO, William Osler Health System.