8th annual Diwali – A Night to Shine raises over $1.2 million

On Saturday, October 20th over 600 guests gathered at the Beanfield Centre for the 8th annual Diwali – A Night to Shine gala, presented by Scotiabank. More than $1.2 million was raised in support of emergency medicine and research at University Health Network (UHN).

“It is with great pride that we return as the presenting sponsor of Diwali – A Night to Shine,” says Brian Porter, President and CEO of Scotiabank, and UHN’s Board of Trustees Chair. “To all who attended Saturday’s gala – thank you. It is because of your generosity and support, UHN’s emergency departments will receive much-needed improvements to continue to provide life-saving care to patients in need.”

Diwali, the namesake of the event, is the South Asian “Festival of Lights’ that celebrates good health, hope, luck and prosperity. This year’s theme was “India: Land of Diversity” and encouraged guests to experience the various influences integral to India’s rich and diverse culture.

Guests were taken on a journey of India through dynamic performances and exquisite cuisine known to have shaped India today. Diwali – A Night to Shine educated guests on the impact of the Greek, Chinese, Persian, Portuguese, British and French cultures, revealing how these influences are prevalent in India’s present day dance, food, fashion and cuisine.

“Diwali – A Night to Shine has grown to become one of the most well-attended and distinguished Diwali celebrations in Toronto, but its impact reaches far beyond that,” says Raj Kothari, the Chair of the Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation Board and Chair of Diwali – A Night to Shine. “Funds raised at the gala well surpassed our expectations and will go towards enhancing emergency medicine and research at Toronto General and Toronto Western hospitals. It simply would not have been possible without the tremendous support and commitment of our sponsors and donors, and for that I am incredibly grateful.”


For more information, or to register, please contact Laura Sawyer
416-340-4800 x7482 | laura.sawyer@uhn.ca