Thank you for joining our first ever Virtual Gala on September 25. We hope you enjoyed the event.
Here is the winning ticket from the 50/50 Draw.
Highlights from the evening
The Ontario Medical Foundation (OMF) held its first virtual gala on September 25, 2020, which hosted over 200 participants across the province to raise funds for medical student bursaries and to help Ontario physicians in times of financial need.
This lively virtual event was emceed by comedian Julie Kim, and featured messages from OMA and OMF leaders, Dr. David Esser, Allan O’Dette, Dr. Samantha Hill and Dr. Audrey Karlinsky. We heard a short message from Canadian comedian Russell Peters and Voices Rock Medicine performed an exclusive premiere of the song “Brave” by Sarah Bareilles. We heard engaging talks from former Olympian, Mark Tewksbury, and Canadian fitness experts Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod. Dan Julien and his band performed the songs “Castle on the Hill” by Ed Sheeran and “Nothing is Holdin’ Me Back” by Shawn Mendes. Sean Stanley and Kyle Tarder-Stoll performed the songs “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong and “Ain’t That Love” by Ray Charles. The evening ended with Voices Rock Medicine performing the song “Rise Again.”
The OMF hosted an online silent auction during the gala and ran its first-ever 50/50 draw. Best of all, guests had a chance to enter an early bird contest and best picture contest wearing their best party outfits and coziest pajamas.
What participants said
“Thanks to everyone for all the hard work – the evening was AMAZING! Mark’s address was so profound. I will have to keep thinking about it and how wonderful of him to share his journey. Kim was fun as an emcee and seeing childhood STARS from Body Break was so fun – yet so bittersweet! Touching to hear from the medical students too. I was a bursary recipient back at McGill and still carry gratitude for that. The gala musical entertainment was so soothing – and that darn “Rise Again” song STILL makes me cry! It seemed a perfect end to the gala. I can’t begin to imagine the logistics in planning something like this – so again – thank you!”
– Dr. C. F., Gala Participant
“Great performances and presentations! It was an excellent virtual event! Thanks to all!”
“Fantastic evening! Thank you so much.”
“Excellent! Well done all!”
“Congratulations on a great and meaningful event!”
Congratulations to our winners!
Best picture contest
Dr. Paula Tchen
Early bird contest
Melissa Nicolle Holowaty
Thank you to our sponsors
Bronze Tee Sponsor
- Dion Strategic Consulting Group Inc
- District 4
- District 11
- Section on Palliative Medicine
- Venngo Inc.
Thank you to our in-kind donors
Bronze Tee Sponsor
- Helix Global Solution, an American Express vendor*
- MD Financial Management**
- Mercedes-Benz Canada**
- Porter Airlines*
- Ritz Carlton Toronto*
- St. Regis Toronto*
*OMA Advantages partners
** Event sponsors and OMA Advantages partners