Dear donors, supporters, and friends:

As many of you may know, we hosted our inaugural annual gala fundraiser for on April 28, 2017 in Toronto, Canada.

#CasinoRoyale2017 was a uniquely intimate Las Vegas-styled black-tie poker tournament and dinner-dance that saw approximately 100 entrepreneurs and executives face/off against each other to raise money for a great cause.

The net proceeds from the event will be allocated to our 2017-19 Seed Fund, and specifically to help place more volunteers on the ground in Sri Lanka this year.

The campaign to create a seed fund, which seeks to raise approximately $210K over the next two years, will ensure that we are able to operate a strong and sustainable organization even as we deepen our programming focus on leveraging the diaspora for sustainable development and economic empowerment of the North and East of Sri Lanka. To see the exact breakdown of how this fund will be used, please download our Donor Brochure in English or Tamil.

You can re-live last week’s gala fundraiser by watching the highlights reel recapping the event:

Our official gala photographs are also now available online.

Our fundraiser would not have been a success without the support of a number of people and organizations.

Our thanks to our wonderful vendors Scarborough Convention Centre, Mojo Films, Flare Photo Studios, DJ incarnation, PicM3 Studios, All In Event Management, TPI Event Management, Rent frock Repeat, and Nanthini Kumar. We are also grateful for the support of Better Call Amal, Computek College, and anonymous sponsors, as well as media coverage by TamilCulture and Ninaivukal.

Our event could also not have been successful without the guidance and support of our core volunteers and many other well wishers who gave us important, constructive feedback.

Finally, to all our guests who attended and made the night a resounding success – THANK YOU! MERCI! 

If you were unable to make it out to our fundraiser but still wish to support our work, you can do so by making a personal donation online at We also welcome corporate donations and legacy giving – please contact us at if you would like to discuss these options further.

Thank you for your continued support – we are deeply grateful for it!


Bahi Kandavel and Aranee Muruganathan
Gala Co-Chairs