On Saturday, April 28, colourful Indian attire and saris filled the prestigious Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites as 500 guests came together to enjoy delicious Indian cuisine and dancing. Guests took part in a raffle and door prize giveaways all to transform cardiac care at MSH. 

CBC Weather Specialist Karen Johnson hosted the vibrant Festival of Colours event and was joined by City of Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Deputy Mayor Jack Heath and several other city councillors.

Dr. Ajai Pasricha, General Internist, MSH helped kick off the fundraising with a live equipment appeal that raised over $150,000 in support of the purchase of a new Echocardiography System complete with stress echo and transesophageal echo capabilities. The new system completes advanced cardiac ultrasounds at the patient’s bedside and provides stunning visualization and analysis of cardiac function for the most confident and timely diagnosis.

“It is incredible to witness the community come together to help make a lasting impact on the lives of the many patients who turn to MSH in their time of need,” said Nita Shastri, Event Co-Chair. “There is nothing more beautiful than the hope of saving one more life.”

Shastri also thanked the Gulshan & Pyrali G. Nanji Family Foundation, Lead Donor of the event, “Your support is deeply appreciated and we are truly grateful for your commitment to our hospital.”

Traditional Indian dishes were served family style followed by a live Jalebi dessert station in the foyer. An energetic performance by the the Folk N Guys inspired guests to hit the dance floor.

“We look forward to carrying on this tradition of community giving and inspiring others to help ensure leading-edge care is provided to our friends, neighbours and families,” said Bill Bachra, Event Co-Chair.

At the end of the night, Lakshmi Kotra of Toronto went home with the raffle Grand Prize—a 14KT white gold diamond ring, generously donated by Ron Hulse and Karen Chadwick.

With the support of prominent health and business leaders, generous corporations and the South Asian community, the biennial South Asian Ball will make a lasting impact on the lives of the many patients who turn to our community hospital in their time of need.


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DATE: Saturday, April 28, 2018
TIME: 6 p.m.
VENUE: Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites
LOCATION: 8500 Warden Ave., Markham, ON 


GRAND PRIZE: 14KT White Gold Diamond Ring - Lakshmi Kotra, Toronto - Ticket #561

1st PRIZE: 2 Round Trip Tickets to India - Sam Patel, Mississauga - Ticket #736

2nd PRIZE: Samsung Flex Wash Washer Dryer Set - J.R Lakhani, Markham - Ticket #492 

3rd PRIZE: 14K Yellow Gold Necklace - Marian Tozak, Stouffville - Ticket #298 



Your partnership will ensure our 2018 Festival of Colours is a continued success for thousands of patients and families who rely on MSH every day! Sponsors benefit from broad media promotion and recognition opportunities associated with the South Asian Ball.

Individual tickets and Corporate Tables are available.  For a full list of sponsorship opportunities:




Co-Chairs - Bill Bachra & Nita Shastri

Past Chair – Pradeep Sood

Committee Members

Dr. Ajai Pasricha

Annu Sood

Imtiaz Seyid

Kate O’Dette

Max Mehta

Meera Singh

Mohamed Moinuddin

Mohan Sundaramohan

Sam Wadera