PICS Spring Garden Gala raises more than $150,000


PROGRESSIVE Intercultural Community Services Society’s (PICS) annual fundraising event, The Spring Garden Gala, to raise funds for PICS Diversity Village, a complex care home to be built in Cloverdale, was a resounding success with the Society raising more than $150,000.

More than 600 people attended the event which was beautifully themed on the concept of spring. Tabla and sitar players greeted the crowds with soothing music during the networking portion of the event while Surrey’s PRAISE Team performed during the main event.

A touching tribute was offered to PICS supporter and generous donor Bruce Kehler who passed away recently. His family and work associates received a plaque and a moment of silence was observed.

Thanking the community, Board President Bobby Pawar said, “I am overwhelmed by the show of strength we have received from the community for PICS Diversity Village. Our seniors need a culturally sensitive home and with the community strongly in support of this project, this project is well on its way to being built”.

PICS CEO Charan Gill also thanked the community for coming out in big numbers. “I am thankful to each and every one of you and I request you for your continued support to PICS,” he said.

Gill along with others was honored at the gala as well. While Gill received the Legendary Journey Award for 30 years of exemplary service, PICS Honorary Award was given to long-time volunteer and board member Paul Resham Dosanjh.  PICS Exceptional Youth Leader award went to Jonathan Gomes and the PICS Community Pioneer award was given to 93.1 Red FM. PICS Board member Sarwan Randhawa too was honored for his service to the Society.

PICS’s new CEO, Satbir Singh Cheema, made an impassioned appeal to everyone asking them to support this project. “Irrespective of which party forms the government this month, this project needs your support,” said Cheema to a number of provincial candidates in the room.

Cheema also thanked all sponsors, donors, members of the media who made the gala a huge success.

The PICS Garden Spring Gala was conceptualized and executed by PICS Board’s fundraising committee comprising President Bobby Pawar, Treasurer Maninder Dhadda and members Kiran Dhaliwal, Abby Gemino and Puneet Khaira.

PICS has already bought 2.5 acres of land in Cloverdale and all critical components of the project are in place.