Cathay Ball 2015 – “An Evening in Barcelona”

TORONTO, October 1, 2015The Chinese love to celebrate. Whether it is life’s milestones or one of many traditional festivals, there are always good reasons to have a great time. This is the inspiration behind the Mon Sheong Foundation’s annual Cathay Ball, one of Toronto’s most prestigious fundraising galas year after year. Mon Sheong is Canada’s first charity dedicated to the Chinese community and all proceeds from the evening will be used to support its various programs and initiatives.

Celebrating in a familiar way is fun in itself, but with Toronto brimming with multiculturalism, it is even better to extend this joy to other cultures. As such, the organizers of the Cathay Ball select a different city every year to serve as the event’s theme, allowing its guests to immerse themselves in the culture of the chosen area. For this year’s Cathay Ball taking place on November 7 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, which marks the 24th edition of the event, the decoration, cuisine, and performances will be centred on the vibrant Spanish city of Barcelona. Full of energy and excitement, “An Evening in Barcelona” will certainly be an evening to remember.

Mrs. Jo-Cy Lee, Second Vice President of the Mon Sheong Foundation and one of the Co-Chairs of the 2015 Cathay Ball, thanked CIBC for its continuing support of the gala as its presenting sponsor. Spanish-inspired elements will decorate the halls to create a unique Barcelona experience. Guests will also have the opportunity to enjoy some world-class performances. Jo-Cy described, “Our featured performer, Jennifer Taverner, is an experienced soprano concert singer; she will deliver her renditions of classic Spanish songs for our guests. We have also invited the Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company to perform. In addition, our Cathay Ball program book this year will double as a lifestyle magazine with new and exciting content covering travel, leisure, and other featured topics. We are pleased that the magazine will be designed by award-winning design house, Palettera Custom Correspondences. For even more of an added touch, all of our invitation cards will be hand-printed, making them special keepsakes for our guests.”

Ms. Amy Tam, Co-Chair of the 2015 Cathay Ball, added, “To provide an unforgettable experience, we have prepared a large backdrop of the Barcelona scene for our guests to pose in front of for photos. We also wanted to provide a more interactive experience for our attendees, so we will be designating a room filled with activities for our guests to enjoy. This year, our reception area will be arranged to look like an airport, giving our guests the perception that they will truly be checking-in for an adventure in Barcelona. Finally, our brand new website,, will also allow individuals to learn more about our gala or to purchase tickets online. Our guests will even have the option to select their meal of choice in advance through the web interface.”

The silent auction has always been very popular amongst the attendees. The Foundation would like to thank its sponsors and donors for their support. This year, the silent auction will feature over a hundred items for guests to choose from. The special draw is also back by popular demand. There will be three hundred special draw tickets available, and each of them could be selected for a pair of roundtrip premium economy tickets between Toronto and Barcelona sponsored by Air Canada.

Teresa Tazumi, speaking on behalf of Presenting Sponsor CIBC, expressed her enthusiasm for the event. “CIBC is very proud to serve as the presenting sponsor of the Cathay Ball. Over the past thirty years, we have greatly supported Mon Sheong’s work and have been delighted to see the impact that the Foundation is having on the Chinese community, particularly in its support and encouragement of the young and its caring love toward the elderly.”

As with the past, the 2015 Cathay Ball is expected to attract over 1,000 individuals from the Greater Toronto Area. The guest list will include government officials, business leaders, and prominent members of the community. The success of the gala is based entirely on the support of Mon Sheong’s sponsors and supporters. In addition to the Presenting Sponsor, CIBC, the Foundation would also like to thank the Diamond Sponsor, MediSystem Pharmacy, Gold Sponsors, BMO and Palettera, and its various other sponsors for their continual support. It is with their support that the Foundation can continue to provide programs and services to more people in the community.

In addition to attending the Cathay Ball, everyone can join in and show their support by purchasing a raffle ticket for the Mon Sheong Charity Raffle. The raffle tickets will be sold at shopping centres, the three Mon Sheong long-term care centres, Mon Sheong’s two Community and Volunteer Services Centre and its Mon Sheong Court locations. Raffle tickets are available at ten dollars each and each ticket will have a chance to win amazing raffle prizes sponsored by Canada Computers.

For any enquiries about the Cathay Ball or the Mon Sheong Charity Raffle, please call 905-883-9288 ext. 2203 (toll-free: 1-866-708-0002) or visit for more details.