32nd Dragon Ball gala goes virtual next Saturday
The 32nd Annual Dragon Ball, the signature fundraising gala of Yee Hong Community Wellness Foundation, will be held virtually on February 13 (Saturday) in support of senior care at the four Yee Hong centres and the construction of three new long-term care homes.
Combining philanthropy with the celebration of Chinese New Year, Dragon Ball has maintained its position as one of Toronto’s most anticipated events and the largest Chinese New Year celebration of its kind in North America for the last three decades.
Saturday, February 13, 2021
Virtual Gala Online
Livestream starts 8pm
Year of the Ox
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Dragon Ball will be hosted on multiple platforms, offering a unique experience to philanthropic supporters and the general public, yet maintaining much traditional accent, a statement said.
Dr. Joseph Wong, Yee Hong Founder and Foundation Chair, said, “Covid-19 has exposed serious problems among many long-term care homes. It is heartbreaking to see so many deaths among seniors, though Yee Hong has held the fort well and we have kept the situation under control.”
“In these unusual times, we see an ever-increasing demand of quality elderly care. That’s why our Foundation has been working so hard to rescue the Dragon Ball gala, the most important fundraising event of Yee Hong, in order to bring much-needed funds to maintain and expand our services,” Dr. Wong added.
In 2017-18, the Ontario Government awarded its first allocation of long-term care bed licenses in 20 years. Yee Hong was awarded a total of 800 beds, which will be accommodated in three new homes in Scarborough, Markham and Mississauga within the next few years. Yee Hong must raise equity capital of $80 million for the construction of the new facilities.
Stephen Siu, President of Yee Hong Foundation, said, “We are facing the greatest challenge ever in fundraising. With the gloomy pandemic atmosphere, fundraising has become tougher and tougher. Many of our fundraising operations have been delayed. But the demand for senior care services is on the rise. While most in-person events have been cancelled, we have shifted gears to hold virtual events and turn crisis into opportunity.”
With Dragon Ball’s pre-eminence in the community, this year’s virtual gala has drawn strong support from corporate sponsors and individual donors. The event is expected to attract a wide range of attendees in Canada and worldwide through multiple online platforms.
Former Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion will be turning 100 years old on February 14. A special celebration will be held to thank her long-time support of the Yee Hong seniors.