Canada : Valentines Ball 2010 by Mangalorean Association

Valentines Ball 2010 organized by MAC

Media Release by Ronald Dsouza

Canada, Feb 17: The walls of Claireport Place Banquet & Convention Centre, Etobicoke reverberated with fireworks, toe tapping and hip swinging music and the enthusiastic cheers of about 400 guests as the Mangalorean Association of Canada (MAC) concluded another successful social event. The band and DJ, Casual Encounter, led by the extremely talented Joyson D’Souza made the event memorable with his contemporary and oldies music and the emcee, Ivan D’Lima created an ambience of vitality, fun and comfort.  The event was clearly indicative of what MAC holds true – the strengthening of community and family spirit and supporting humanitarian causes.  As a leader in the ethnic community of Canada, MAC organized the Valentines Ball to raise funds for the devastation and havoc caused by the earthquake in Haiti.  All proceeds were donated to the Haitian Relief Fund.

The evening began with an innovative firework show initiated by Jay Rajaratnam accompanied by beautiful sari clad girls who served appetizers to each table.  Dinner was a spectacular feast fit for a king, scrumptious dessert bar with ambrosia from heaven; dosa bar with steaming freshly made dosas with piquant chutneys and potato masala and a tempting salad bar for the calorie conscious.  After dinner, Maxim D’Mello, President of MAC welcomed all the guests and appreciated their participation in this family event.  He praised the efforts of the Executive Committee in pioneering new programs throughout the year and applauded the participation of the generous sponsors.  Margaret Shankar, General Secretary of MAC gave an inspiring Vote of Thanks and thanked all the individuals who assisted in the success of the event. The main sponsors for the Valentines Ball were Oswald and Doris Saldanha, a golden hearted couple, whose steadfast and unwavering support towards MAC is admirable and greatly appreciated.

The highlight of the evening was a vibrant and amazing Bollywood dance, choreographed and performed by Sidney and Rodney Pinto.  Aaron Machado, Nicole Machado, Joshua Lobo, Jennifer Lobo, Amit Shankar, Naomi Shanker, Om Karmalker, Irita Karmalkar also enthralled the audience with their dance to the tune of a medley of songs.  In keeping with the theme of the evening, the organizers introduced a novelty dance and coaxed the guests to buy chocolate boxes for novelty prizes.  The grand prize for the novelty dance was a ticket to India sponsored by Etihad Airways.  The attractive door prizes and other novelty prizes prompted the guests to buy many chocolate boxes to increase their odds at winning.

MAC expresses its genuine gratitude to the guests who attended the Valentines Ball despite commitments and busy schedules. MAC recognizes and appreciates the collaboration, support and assistance of the evenings' well-wishers and sponsors. MAC acknowledges and applauds the support, commitment and dedication of all its members and volunteers who worked hard to organize an event of this magnitude.


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  • Sony Dante, Mangalore/Oakville Canada

    Thu, Feb 18 2010

    A.D'Cunha Shenoy, It's not only that they are overdoing they are just wasting their life & time. Is this a time for all this fancy dress?. We have more than 12% unemployment rate in Toronto, so much disaster going on in Haiti are these bothered to care? By the way this wasn't any fund raising. Of course they collect funds just to do this. Sad that this is still going on. Does this benefit the poor or middle income.

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  • A.D'Cunha Shenoy, Mangaluru

    Wed, Feb 17 2010

    Are Mangies overdoing it?

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  • Felix F., India/Ksa

    Wed, Feb 17 2010

    This programme could be called a fund raiser, dont make Muthalik more angry, by publishing these pictures in the name of valentines day, knowing he is alergic to it.

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  • Chetan.S, mangalore

    Wed, Feb 17 2010

    Where is Mr.Mutalik ,PLS invite him to Canada .

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  • Asha, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Wed, Feb 17 2010

    Hi Joyson,

    You are really Awesome. Nice to see your band Casual Encounter and you performing at Mangalorean Association of Canada (MAC).You guys rock.

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  • Joe Gonsalves, Mangalore - U.S.A.

    Wed, Feb 17 2010

    It is so good to see that Our Mangaloreans keep up the traditions of the world . I am happy to see that our people from Canada making attempts to bring people together. In Mangalore too Parishioners of The Milagris Church brought out an unique evening - Valentine Couples evening. This was well attended by over one hundred forty couples. It was a great evening compared by Celestine who did a wonderful job. There was music, dance, skit and several other items.

    The organizers under the leadership of Marcel Monteiro, Lilly Pereira and Naina Fernandes did a wonderful job. A sumptuous dinner dinner was provided by courtesy of The Milagris Church. My wife Irene and I being the senior-most couple had the privilege of being The Chief Guests.

    Joe Gonsalves

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  • leo Sequeira, Udupi

    Wed, Feb 17 2010

    thanks to Daiji for good pictures and nice coverage... Congratulations for MAC organisers for the wonderful event on a good cause

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