Fundraising gala features South Asian culture
March 3, 2023
Hundreds celebrated traditional South Asian culture Saturday night during a fundraiser for the hospital in Maple Ridge, child development, and the poor in the community.
About 220 people turned out for the 14th annual Ridge Meadows South Asian Cultural Society’s annual gala raising more than $30,000 – and still counting for three deserving charities: the Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation; Friends In Need Food Bank; and Ridge Meadows Child Development Centre Society.
Director of the society Simi Khanna said the event was a huge success.
“Hosting this event with the Maple Ridge community members is one of my favorites, as it’s a night of socializing, eating South Asian food, dancing, and being entertained while winning prizes. Everyone was encouraged to dress in colorful South Asian couture, and might I say, they looked beautiful,” said Khanna.
It was the first in-person event since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The food was catered by Dhaliwal Indian Catering and featured four different appetizers, chai, a 15 item buffet, and hot jalebis – an Indian sweet – that were freshly made on-site.