If there’s one word to describe our local wedding community, it’s “caring.” Nowhere is that more evident than in the Gala for Humanity, a new fundraiser being organized by Always & Forever Weddings to benefit Save the Children.

The hardworking humanitarian organization is doing extensive work in Syria in an effort to help the youngest sufferers of the country’s ongoing crisis. “They have asked the world to help,” explains wedding planner Harprit Patel of Always & Forever Weddings, “and the South Asian wedding industry has heard the call and are pulling together to put together an amazing event to help raise and donate money to the Save the Children organization.”

The Gala for Humanity is a lavish black-tie affair taking place at the Westin Bayshore Hotel on Saturday, October 10 at 6 p.m. It promises to be an evening of fabulous food, fashion shows and entertainment, including a silent auction where you can bid on goodies while supporting Save the Children.

Patel says she’s been humbled by how many local wedding vendors have joined her in creating this special night – among them Brellow, D&H Tents, Decibel Entertainment, Deo Studios, Maharajah Catering, Partyworks, Pink Orchid Studio, Red Carpet Events, Red Carpet Ready, Sparks Photobooth and, of course, the Westin Bayshore.

“Everyone is putting tons of time, energy and money into planning this event to make it just perfect,” says Patel. “After all, it’s one evening for us… a lifetime of change for the children.”

Tickets are $100, or $900 for a table of 10. Proceeds from every ticket sold will go towards empowering a young child by providing simple necessities like clean water, education and vaccinations.

To purchase tickets or donate your services, call Harprit Patel at 778-549-3455 or email