Cathay Ball 2017 – “Under the Northern Lights”

TORONTO, October 11, 2017—The 26th annual Cathay Ball, a fundraising gala to benefit Mon Sheong Foundation, will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre North Building on Saturday, November 4, 2017. With this being a momentous year in Canada’s history, the theme of the evening will pay tribute to one of the nation’s unique landscapes and whisk everyone to an unparalleled arctic experience. All proceeds from the Cathay Ball will be used to support the charitable programs and services of Mon Sheong Foundation.

Mr. Garth Low, Mon Sheong’s First Vice Chairman and Co-Chair of the 2017 Cathay Ball, began by expressing his gratitude for CIBC’s continued partnership as the event’s presenting sponsor. “We know many celebrations have been held this year to commemorate Canada 150. As Canada’s first registered Chinese charity, Mon Sheong is honoured to be a part of this country’s impressive history. The theme we selected this year, ‘Under the Northern Lights’, also holds a second layer of meaning – that Ontario truly has much to offer. Many people are unaware that even here in southern Ontario, we are able to witness the magnificence of the northern lights. To go along with the theme, the organizing committee has prepared fitting entertainment to make it a truly unforgettable evening for our guests. For one, we will have the energetic dancers of the highly awarded RSDivas Creative team; they have been recognized as the Best Live Entertainment Company in Canada on a number of occasions. Several students and alumni of the Etobicoke School of the Arts will also be singing for us to showcase the next generation of Canadian talent. As a world class metropolis, Toronto is a popular destination for many high fashion and designer labels; thanks to the support of Yorkdale Shopping Centre, we will be setting up a mini luxury shopping district right at the Cathay Ball.”

Mrs. Grace Chan, the gala’s other co-chair, added, “In addition to the splendid entertainment, we are also paying close attention to every detail of the evening’s decoration. We want our guests to feel that the aurora could appear at any moment. With the many photo backdrops and social photo booth arranged throughout the venue, our guests will be able to capture the evening to their hearts’ content, all the while enjoying the mesmerizing live piano music filling the halls. A complimentary whisky tasting booth will have different scotches available for sampling; let us all share a toast for Canada’s 150th birthday. As for this year’s Mon Sheong Lifestyle Magazine, we look forward to reading articles on photographing the northern lights, healthy eating tips, and Canadian wines, among others.”

Every year, the silent auction is a favourite at the Ball. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors and donors, more than 250 carefully curated items will be available for bidding, including exquisite jewellery, fine wine, gourmet delicacies, and vacation packages. The winner-take-all special draw will also be back, comprising 250 special draw tickets priced at $100 each. One lucky winner will be able to take home a pair of premium economy Air Canada tickets from Toronto to anywhere in the world along with a VIP shopping experience.

On behalf of Presenting Sponsor CIBC, Mrs. Teresa Tazumi remarked, “CIBC is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Cathay Ball for the sixth consecutive year. For decades, we have been supportive of Mon Sheong’s efforts and are very pleased to witness the significant contributions they are making to the Chinese community. Other than this year being Canada’s 150th anniversary, it also marks 150 years for CIBC. For this special occasion, we have prepared twenty commemorative Canada 150 silver coins to be presented to lucky winners at the gala.”

Every year, more than 1,100 guests are expected to attend the Cathay Ball, many of whom are government officials, business leaders, and prominent members of the community. Mon Sheong Foundation would like to express its sincere gratitude to all the sponsors who make the evening possible, including Presenting Sponsor CIBC, Diamond Sponsors MediSystem Pharmacy and Lee Tak Wai Holdings Limited, Official Airline Sponsor Air Canada, Gold Sponsors TD Bank and Skymark Place Shopping Centre, and Gold and Design Sponsor Palettera Custom Correspondences.

Tickets for the Cathay Ball are available at $480 each; corporate tables for ten are available for $5,800. To purchase gala tickets or to receive more information, please call 905-883-9288 ext. 2203 (toll free: 1-866-708-0002) or visit