FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Dhalla Group Of Companies & Meridian Credit Union Support ANOKHI’s 20th Anniversary – Celebrating South Asian Success – As Presenting Sponsors
Toronto, ON | Tuesday May 30th, 2023
ANOKHI LIFE, North America’s longest running multimedia, multi-platform brand about South Asian pop culture, lifestyle, and entertainment is pleased to welcome the Dhalla Group Of Companies and Meridian Credit Union as presenting sponsors for its series of 3 events in June 16th -17th in Toronto.
ANOKHI is celebrating its 20th anniversary this summer, with the #ANOKHI20 milestone marking the diverse success and growth journey of the global South Asian community over the past 20-years.
The community has gone from being under the radar 20 years ago, to dominating every single industry in the world today – Business, Politics, Media, Technology, Philanthropy, Glamour, Entertainment (and so much more).
It is this legacy that is being showcased from June 16th – 17th, 2023 in Toronto, during which the brand will celebrate 20 years of South Asian “Empire Builders” in the world’s most diverse and inclusive country – Canada.
CHARITY PARTNERSHIP WITH CENTRE FOR ADDICTION & MENTAL HEALTH (CAMH)
ANOKHI is proud to support the Centre For Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH) during its anniversary celebration, through awareness amplification campaigns to normalize mental health awareness among South Asians as part of multi-tiered #ANOKHI20 activations. In addition, a keynote presentation by CAMH will be featured at the Mental Health Awareness Brunch on June 17th.
DID YOU KNOW: There are 2.6 million people of South Asian origin in Canada, representing seven percent of the population and the country’s largest racialized group. This population has a higher rate of anxiety and mood disorders, but is also 85% less likely to seek treatment due to many factors, including socioeconomic disparities, cultural differences and stigma (camh.ca).
Here is a synopsis of ANOKHI’s 3 events:
- ANOKHI EMERALD RUNWAY (June 16th) – Celebrity Fashion Runway Show Featuring Well-Known Personalities In Today’s Hottest South Asian Couture.
- ANOKHI EMERALD BRUNCH (June 17th) – Celebrity Brunch Discussing Mental Health With Meditation, Keynote, Panel, Fireside Chat & Opportunity To Network.
- ANOKHI EMERALD BALL (June 17th) – Celebrity Performances & DJ Spotlight With The Best Of Chart, R&B, Bollywood And Bhangra.
Detailed Program is available HERE.
PRESENTING SPONSOR FOR ANOKHI EMERALD RUNWAY (June 16th, 7pm – 11pm)
& ANOKHI EMERALD BALL (June 17th, 7pm – 1am)
The Westin Toronto Airport Hotel
ANOKHI is pleased to welcome The Dhalla Group of Companies as a Presenting Sponsor for its Runway (June 16th) and Ball (June 17th).
Dr. Ruby Dhalla
Trailblazer, Hotelier, Politician, Philanthropist, Motivational Speaker, and CEO of The Dhalla Group Of Companies
“In memory of Dr. Neil Dhalla, The Dhalla Group of Companies is proud to support “ANOKHI” on its 20th year of celebrating South Asian Excellence with achievers who have inspired and achieved.
In honor of the legacy of Dr. Neil Dhalla and as champions of health, wellness, and innovation, The Dhalla Group of Companies is proud to join “ANOKHI” in promoting the issue of mental health to support those who suffer in silence.
The Dhalla Group believes in Buddha’s quote:
“What you think, you become.
What you feel, you attract.
What you imagine, you create.”
Let’s empower & inspire together“.
About Dhalla Group
Driven by passion and purpose, The Dhalla Group of Companies is proud to be a leader in the healthcare and hospitality industry, with a portfolio spanning the globe.
The vision of the Dhalla Group is driven by its founder, Dr. Neil Dhalla, whose life inspiration came from the Sikh faith: “Maan Neeva and Maat Uchi” – to live life in humility, without ego, and life philosophy came from the book “The Secret” – “Ask for it. Believe it. Receive it.”
In the healthcare sector, the Dhalla Group is known as a trailblazer with a focus on health, wellness, and healthcare. It has garnered a reputation as one of Canada’s leading-edge healthcare providers with multidisciplinary clinics, pharmacies, medical supplies, and telemedicine health services.
The Dhalla Group is proud to provide healthcare services to the First Nations and support those
who suffer from addictions through its latest project, an addictions center, & app focused on providing mental health services.
In the hospitality sector, The Dhalla Group has developed a diverse portfolio of hotels with strategic acquisitions in Canada and the USA, with all the major hotel brands including Marriott, IHG, and Hilton in its portfolio
With a belief in philanthropy and giving back, the Dhalla Group is proud to have its generosity felt by many individuals and charitable organizations, including women who are victims of domestic violence and those who struggle with mental health challenges.
The Dhalla Group looks forward to continuing the legacy of Dr. Neil Dhalla by achieving new heights and continuing to make an impact for positive change.
PRESENTING SPONSOR FOR ANOKHI EMERALD BRUNCH (June 17th, 10am – 2pm)
The Westin Toronto Airport Hotel
ANOKHI is pleased to welcome Meridian Credit Union as a Presenting Sponsor for its Brunch event (June 17th).
Senior Vice President, Wealth & Financial Planning, Meridian
“Meridian is thrilled to be a sponsor of this exciting and important cultural event that will touch thousands of people from the South Asian Community,” said Dilys D’Cruz, Senior Vice President, Wealth & Financial Planning, Meridian. “As an inclusive, transparent, and people-focused financial partner, we are focused on helping people gain confidence so they can reach their life and financial goals. Partnering with ANOKHI and CAMH in presenting the Emerald Brunch with its theme of health is an opportunity we couldn’t miss.”
About Meridian Credit Union
With more than 75 years of banking history, Meridian is Ontario’s largest and Canada’s second largest credit union with over 370,000 retail and business Members. We are a 100% Member-owned financial institution that puts the well-being of our Members first as their trusted financial partner. We put purpose to action by helping all people, including equity-deserving communities, get access to the money and advice they need; plan for a better future that is clean, resilient, and diverse; and be financially confident.
Following are set to participate in the events:
ANOKHI EMERALD RUNWAY (June 16th | 7pm – 11pm)
The Westin Toronto Airport Hotel
These Prominent Personalities Have Donated Their Time To Walk The Runway, To Empower Our Theme Of Normalizing Mental Health Among The South Asian Community
ANOKHI EMERALD BRUNCH (June 17th, 2023 | 10 am – 2 pm)
Westin Toronto Airport Hotel
Participating In Our Mental Health Fireside Chat Series At The Event:
ANOKHI EMERALD BALL (June 17th, 2023 | 7 pm – 1 am)
Westin Toronto Airport Hotel
More Performance & Attendance Announcements Coming Soon!
#ANOKHI20 SPONSORS & PARTNERS:
- EVENT HOST: Anokhi Life
- CHARITY PARTNER: Centre For Addiction & Mental Health
- VENUE & HOTEL PARTNER: The Westin Toronto Airport Hotel
- TALENT SPONSOR: The Open Chest Confidence Academy
- ANOKHI EMERALD RUNWAY & BALL PRESENTED BY: The Dhalla Group Of Companies
- ANOKHI EMEALD BRUNCH PRESENTED BY: Meridian Credit Union
- PLATINUM SPONSOR: KFI The Indian Sauce Company
- GOLD SPONSOR: BioAro, Keek, Mantella Corporation, Rowenta
- GOLD SPONSOR/BROADCAST MEDIA PARTNER: Zee TV Canada HD
- SILVER SPONSOR: Rubicon Exotic, Shana Foods
- SILVER SPONSOR/RADIO PARTNER: Rukus Avenue Radio
- FRONT STAGE LOGISTICS & SHOW MANAGEMENT: Styleworthy
- BACKSTAGE MANAGEMENT & FASHION CHOREOGRAPY: Toronto Fashion Academy
- DECOR PARTNER: Top Diamond Events & Party Rentals
- DECOR CONSULTING PARTNER: Chic Luxury Events
- BAR & FLOOR WRAPS SPONSOR: Paragon Designs
- AUDIO/VISUAL PARTNER: Empire Entertainment
- AWARD LOGO DESIGN & SHOW ANIMATIONS BY: Dan Filip Radu 3D Animation & Video Production
- PHOTO & VIDEO PARTNER: Nisarg Media Productions
- HAIR & MAKEUP FOR RAJ GIRN: The Beauty Concept By Shirley Wu
- MAKEUP SPONSOR: Vasanti Cosmetics
- HAIR SPONSOR: Prive Hair Gallery
- MAKEUP ARTISTS SPONSOR: Glow College Of Artistic Design
- BRONZE SPONSOR: Blue Peacock Vodka, Five Rivers Whisky
- ANNIVERSARY CAKE PROVIDED BY: Kate Frasch
- MEDIA & PR: Media Works
- RED CARPET COVERAGE: Anokhi Uncensored, Getty Images
- ONLINE MEDIA PARTNER: Dissdash, GTA South Asian Media Network
- COMMUNITY PARTNER: Sapna Toronto
About ANOKHI LIFE
ANOKHI LIFE (previously ANOKHI MEDIA) was founded in 2002 by its award-winning President and CEO Raj Girn, who had the vision of creating a one-stop multimedia resource to communicate and engage intimately with the global South Asian community to which she belongs, as well as provide a platform for relevant and penetrative connectivity between the community and the commercial world at large. With this as the central focus and mission statement, Raj and her team set forth to create a brand that would forge this vision into the mindshare of the community and market share of the client.
ANOKHI LIFE’s portfolio includes a robust online community with an online magazine blog, 2 video channels, a radio show, an annual awards show, a boutique event series, a weekly newsletter, and a global social media network. They have also garnered an extensive, long-term, multi-national client base due to their innovative strategies and pioneering initiatives. The brand has become North America’s premier “go to” information resource for all aspects associated with South Asian pop culture, lifestyle and entertainment, for the consumer, the media and the commercial sector.