Ma­haraja’s Ball the stuff of Dreams

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The third floor of the Con­ven­tion Cen­tre was turned into a princely palace Satur­day as 620 gala go­ers jour­neyed back to a time when In­dia’s le­gendary rulers lived it up in os­ten­ta­tious style.

The Ma­haraja’s Ball raised more than $100,000 for the Sens Foun­da­tion’s Rink of Dreams project to build out­door rinks for kids.

“It’s like we’ve come full cir­cle,” or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee chair­man and Ot­tawa den­tist Nalin Bhar­gava told

Around Town. The idea for the In­dia-themed gala started in a locker-room, post-hockey prac­tice. Bhar­gava pitched it to team­mates Raj Narula from Haveli restau­rant and lawyer Lawrence Green

spon. Four galas later, the evening re­mains a high­light of Ot­tawa’s so­cial cal­en­dar.

Mayor Jim Wat­son and In­dia’s high com­mis­sioner,

Shashishek­har M. Gavai, got the ball rolling with the light­ing of the cer­e­mo­nial lamps. The evening con­tin­ued with a de­li­cious In­dian meal from Haveli, a dance per­for­mance by a troupe from In­dia, and an auc­tion led by a tur­ban-wear­ing Green­spon.

Many ladies ditched the ubiq­ui­tous black gown for fes­tive saris. Hill & Knowl­ton se­nior ex­ec­u­tive Goldy Hy

der cap­tured sub­tle el­e­gance in his sher­wani while KPMG part­ner Ma­hesh Mani opted for black tie. Sens Foun­da­tion pres­i­dent Danielle

Robin­son looked ex­otic in her cus­tom-made sari. It was brought from In­dia by Neha Bhar­gava, who co-MCed the

gala with Steve Madely and Ca­role Anne Mee­han.

Also seen were var­i­ous ex­ec­u­tives from pre­sent­ing

spon­sor TD, in­clud­ing Doug

Feasby, and Nalin’s former den­tistry school buddy,

Dr. Michael Saso, a den­tal anes­the­sia spe­cial­ist and spon­sor. The luck­i­est guest was

Nathan Smith from Cush­man & Wake­field. Last June, he won a Fiat car at the Mal­ho­tras’ char­ity golf tour­na­ment. At the gala, he joked with Rom­ina Mal­ho­tra, wife of Clar­idge Homes’ Bill

Mal­ho­tra, about whether good for­tune would strike again. It did. He won the raf­fle prize of a Rolex watch from Ju­bilee Fine Jew­el­ers.

Lux­ury trips, fine art and wine and celebrity din­ners made for some spend­ing envy at Opera Lyra’s “ Puttin’

on the Glitz” Diva Auc­tion held Fri­day at the Con­ven­tion Cen­tre. Re­tired Lt. Gen. An­drew

Les­lie and his wife, Karen, co-chaired the gala, which raised more than $100,000. The evening also in­cluded din­ner and danc­ing for the 300-per­son crowd and the raf­fle prize of a Hol­land Amer­ica cruise.

In keep­ing with the glam­our theme, Karen donned an os­trich feather smoke ring from Ear­lene’s House of Fash­ion while her daugh­ter, Erica, 25, a grad­u­ate stu­dent at Car­leton U’s Nor­man Pater­son School of In­ter­na­tional Af­fairs, looked any­thing but the re­servist ar­tillery of­fi­cer that she is in an off-the-shoul­der dress. Seen were power cou­ples

Denise Amyot, head of the Canada Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Mu­seum Corp., with her Pub­lic Works deputy min­is­ter hus­band François Gui-

mont, and National De­fence deputy min­is­ter Rob

ert Fon­berg with his wife, Trans­port deputy min­is­ter

Yaprak Balta­cioglu. Also

sighted were Sakto’s Sean

and Jami­lah Murray, phi­lan­thropist Shirley Green­berg, Mayor (and MC) Jim Wat­son, and spe­cial events

chair Patti Blute. Sarah Jen­nings was will­ing to have her vin­tage 1979 Austin Mini auc­tioned off to sup­port the cause, if the bid­ding price was right. The spiffy red car was parked in the lobby for guests to view on their way to the gala.


On Tues­day, former win­ter and sum­mer Olympian Sue

Hol­loway opened up about her daugh­ter’s re­cent strug­gle with an eat­ing dis­or­der.

Sarah Joy lost more than 60 pounds while away on a full vol­ley­ball schol­ar­ship at an Amer­i­can univer­sity.

“We had no idea what to do,” Hol­loway told her au­di­ence at the Royal Ot­tawa Golf Club dur­ing a din­ner, auc­tion and fash­ion show for the Hopewell Eat­ing Dis­or­der Sup­port Cen­tre. “I held my grown daugh­ter in my arms like she was a frag­ile lit­tle bird, afraid that if I hugged her too hard she would break.”

Hol­loway turned to Hopewell for help. Her daugh­ter has com­pleted a

treat­ment pro­gram at The Ot­tawa Hos­pi­tal and is now study­ing at the Univer­sity of Ot­tawa.

Joy, 21, was one of the celebrity mod­els, along with her skier and pad­dler sis­ter,

Alexan­dra, 17, and Olympic sil­ver medal­list fa­ther, Greg


Mod­els donned cus­tom­made de­signs by Frank

Sukhoo, as well as clothes from Harry Rosen and Schad­blü, and coats from Pat Flesher Furs, whose Ste­wart

Chad­nick gave away fur ear­muffs to all 160 guests.

Other mod­els in­cluded Mayor Jim Wat­son and his sis­ter, NAC Foun­da­tion CEO

Jayne Wat­son, with her

daugh­ter, Ni­cola Frois­lie, 16; Bri­tish High Com­mis­sioner An­drew Po­cock and his

wife, Julie; and the U.S. am­bas­sador’s wife, Julie Ja­cob

son, with her jew­elry-de­sign-

er daugh­ter, Wynne. Lawyer Kevin Phillips pitched in as MC and auc­tion­eer. The evening, chaired by

Terri Hod­dinott, grossed more than $80,000.


Ot­tawa’s stylish set was back out Thurs­day for the

Ooh ’n Ahh fash­ion show pre­sented by Shep­herd’s at Ash­bury Col­lege.

The sold-out event drew 520 women and net­ted $57,502 for the You­ville

Cen­tre, which as­sists young, sin­gle moms, and Dress for Suc­cess, which helps low-in­come women get a job. Shep­herd’s Fash­ions owner

Mar­lene Shep­herd or­ga­nized the evening with a com­mit­tee that in­cluded Red Wagon graphic de­signer Julie Do­rion (wear­ing a neck­lace by An­drea Kol­pas

ka) and Dress for Suc­cess co-founder Mar­lene Floyd, who, this past year, won a Y Women of Dis­tinc­tion award, got mar­ried, bought a house and made part­ner at Earn­scliffe Strat­egy Group.

You­ville’s new ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor is long­time educator Cindy Simp­son, most re­cently the prin­ci­pal at St. Theresa in Or­léans. She took over for Judi Sar­gin­son, who re­tired af­ter nine years at You­ville, pre­ceded by a 38-year ca­reer in ed­u­ca­tion. The evening, MCed by

Leanne Cu­sack, also fea­tured a 120-item silent auc­tion of de­signer jew­elry and clothes, din­ner by David

Smith’s Creative Kosher Cater­ing, drinks from Bare­foot Wine & Bub­bly, prizes and a live auc­tion with Mi

chael O’Byrne.


CHEO BBQ co-founder Mi- chael Machargo was sur­prised with a Com­mu­nity Builder Award at United Way’s Schmooze­fest, held Thurs­day at Lago.

Pre­sen­ter Karen Solo­man dropped hints to the large crowd about the mys­tery re­cip­i­ent (i.e. he used to sport a mul­let) un­til Machargo fig­ured it out.

Machargo has or­ga­nized the bar­be­cue for the past 19 years, be­gin­ning in his grand­mother’s back­yard with the pass­ing of an empty fish­bowl. The event now hosts 1,500 peo­ple and has raised nearly $400,000 for CHEO. Why does Machargo do it ev­ery year?

“For the free hot­dog,” he replied with a grin.

Schmooze­fest brought in $22,000 for United Way’s cam­paign.


From left, Raj Narula of Haveli restau­rant, lawyer Lawrence Green­spon and den­tist Nalin Bhar­gava at The Ma­haraja’s Ball on Satur­day at the Con­ven­tion Cen­tre. The event raised more than $100,000 for the Sens Foun­da­tion’s Rink of Dreams.

From left, Ted Blute, Patti Blute, Karen Les­lie and An­drew Les­lie at Opera Lyra’s Puttin’ on the Glitz Diva Auc­tion, held at the Con­ven­tion Cen­tre Fri­day.

Karen Solo­man, Michael Machargo, with his Com­mu­nity Builder Award, and United Way CEO Michael Allen at Schmooze­fest.

Mar­lene Floyd, Mar­lene Shep­herd and Julie Do­rion at the Ooh ’n Ahh Fash­ion Show at Ash­bury Col­lege.

Goldy Hy­der, left, sport­ing his el­e­gant sher­wani, and Fa­tima Hy­der and Dr. Michael Saso at the ball.

From left, Ma­hesh Mani, Deepali Mani, Supriya Bhar­gava and Dr. Anuj Bhar­gava at the Ma­haraja’s Ball.

Judi Sar­gin­son, left, and Cindy Simp­son at the Ooh ’n Ahh Fash­ion Show.

Hopewell mod­els Bri­tish High Com­mis­sioner An­drew Po­cock and wife Julie.

Sarah Joy, Sue Hol­loway, Alexan­dra Joy and Greg Joy at Hopewell event.

De­signer Frank Sukhoo and Hopewell event chair­woman Terri Hod­dinott.

Ste­wart Chad­nick and wife Lori at the Hopewell fash­ion show.

Mayor Jim Wat­son with niece Ni­cola Frois­lie, 16, and sis­ter Jayne Wat­son at Hopewell fundraiser.

Erica Les­lie, Sean Murray and Jami­lah Murray at the Diva Auc­tion.

Kevin Robin­son and Sens Foun­da­tion pres­i­dent Danielle Robin­son.

Patti Feasby and Doug Feasby at the Ma­haraja’s Ball.

François Gui­mont and Denise Amyot at Puttin’ on the Glitz.

Nathan Smith, with wife Cindy and Rolex he won at the ball.

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