Bollywood Megastar Akshay Kumar joins the First Annual Diwali - A Night to Shine

In support of Emergency Medicine at University Health Network

TORONTO, Sept. 21, 2011 /CNW/ - Mr. Ajay Virmani, President & CEO of Cargojet and Entertainment Chair for the Diwali Gala Committee announces, in collaboration with Heroes for Humanity, a dazzling Bollywood line-up for the first annual Diwali - A Night to Shine fundraising gala in support of University Health Network's (UHN) Emergency Departments.  The event will take place at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto on Sunday, October 16, 2011.

Special guests will include Guest of Honour Akshay Kumar. Mr. Kumar, the undisputable King of Bollywood, with over 120 films to his credit, including Housefull, Singh Is Kinng, Welcome, and Heyy Babyy and numerous endorsement deals is unarguably one of the most influential persons in the Indian Film Industry. Most recently Mr. Kumar executive produced his first Indo-Canadian production Breakaway that had its world premiere at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. Today, globally recognized, Mr. Kumar serves as Canadian Tourism Councils Official Ambassador for India and has received a Honourary Doctorate of Law from Windsor University for his exceptional work in the film industry and his philanthropic endeavours. "Canada is my second home, I owe a lot to Canada and my fans here and I consider it an honour to be asked to support University Health Network in their efforts to raise funds for Emergency Medicine." said Mr. Kumar.

The evening will also feature Bollywood actresses Yana Gupta and Jiah Khan, and internationally renowned fashion designer Narendra Kumar will dazzle guests with a contemporary fashion show and Indian dance extravaganza. Internationally acclaimed band Joshi will provide the music while guests dine on exquisite Indian cuisine prepared by Fairmont Royal York's own Chef David Garcelon.

The evening will also feature an exclusively commissioned Indian Art Exhibit and Auction by Mrs. Arti Chandaria - iarts Project.

"Diwali is a time of giving and sharing and I am pleased Akshay Kumar as well as other exceptional Bollywood stars could join us to support such a worthy cause," said Mr. Virmani. "It is paramount that we recognize the importance of such world leading hospitals and their value to research and treatment. Our support of the Toronto General and Toronto Western hospitals underscores our commitment to these institutions. What better way to celebrate a great evening then a Bollywood infused Diwali Festival," added Mr. Virmani.

"This is a wonderful time to acknowledge and appreciate the tremendous support of the South Asian community as Canadians celebrate the Year of India in Canada," said Dr. Anil Chopra, Director of Emergency Medicine at UHN. The Toronto General Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital emergency departments provide life-saving care to over 85,000 patients annually from all backgrounds and communities. "Emergency Medicine is the front gate to any hospital system and our emergency departments provide timely, expert, high quality, safe patient care through innovation, education and research." continued Dr. Chopra.

Helping to make this evening possible is presenting sponsor, Cisco Canada , in collaboration with Citrix Systems, Inc., whose support of the Virtual Experience Infrastructure at the Toronto General and Toronto Western Emergency Departments will further aid in providing excellence in patient care.

Special thanks to media partners OMNI Television, and Suhaag.com for their support.

To purchase tickets or donate, please visit www.uhndiwaligala.com or call 416-340-5678.

For media interviews with Diwali spokespersons please see contact list below.

For media interviews with Dr. Anil Chopra, Director of Emergency Medicine, UHN and Co-Chair, Diwali - A Night to Shine, please contact:
Maria Da Silva | 416-340-4294 | maria.dasilva@uhn.ca

For media interviews with Mr. Ajay Virmani, President & CEO, Cargojet and Entertainment Chair, Diwali - A Night to Shine, please contact:
Pauline Dhillon | 905-301-1281 | paulinedhillon@yahoo.ca

To view the press release from the February 28, 2011, Diwali Launch Event please click on the following link: http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/February2011/23/c4923.html

About University Health Network
University Health Network consists of Toronto General, Toronto Western and Princess Margaret Hospitals, and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. The scope of research and complexity of cases at University Health Network has made it a national and international source for discovery, education and patient care. It has the largest hospital-based research program in Canada, with major research in cardiology, transplantation, neurosciences, oncology, surgical innovation, infectious diseases, genomic medicine and rehabilitation medicine. University Health Network is a research hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto. www.uhn.ca

About Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation
Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation raises funds for research, education and the enhancement of patient care at Toronto General Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital as well as for their respective research arms, Toronto General Research Institute and Toronto Western Research Institute. The Foundation's vision is to enable global leadership and innovation in health by developing and sustaining strong relationships with University Health Network stakeholders. www.tgwhf.ca

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For further information:

For sponsorship and media inquires please contact: 
Megan Goldwell
Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation
416-340-5240 | megan.goldwell@uhn.ca

For event information please contact:
Muneet Nagpal
Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation
416-340-5678 | muneet.nagpal@uhn.ca

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