Malhotra Family Foundation's Share Party nets $100,000 for charity

More than 300 flock to Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market hotel for late-night cocktail party

 

 

Not only do the Malhotras throw a really good party, but they make it look so easy.

“I think I literally sent out one email,” Shawn Malhotra, co-founder of the Malhotra Family Foundation, said during his brief remarks Friday night at the 7th annual Share Party, held at the Malhotras' chic new family-owned boutique hotel, Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market, on Dalhousie Street. It opened up last year.

The party was light on speeches and heavy on fun. Malhotra quickly thanked the many business sponsors, telling them how “humbled, amazed and very, very appreciative” he and his wife, family foundation co-founder Louise Malhotra, were for their support. 

Malhotra is also a vice-president at Claridge Homes, a prominent family-owned Ottawa real estate developer.

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From left, event organizers Shawn Malhotra and his wife Louise Malhotra, from the Malhotra Family Foundation, with Nadine Sabine and 1251 Capital Group co-founder and co-CEO Mike Wilson, with his wife, Jacqui Wilson, at the 7th Annual Share Party, held at the Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market hotel. Photo by Caroline Phillips

The event was a classic cocktail party, full of food, drinks, dancing and socializing. It raised a net total of $100,000 for this year’s charity of choice, Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa. 

The family’s charitable foundation has to date brought in, through the combination of its golf tournaments and annual Share parties, more than $2.3 million for local causes.

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From left, Rupa Jolly with Andrea Taggart, Michelle Taggart and Katie Hession at the 7th Annual Share Party, held at Andaz hotel in the ByWard Market on Friday, November 3, 2017, in support of the Greater Ottawa chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Photo by Caroline Phillips

Spotted in the packed crowd were John Bassi, owner of Bassi Construction, developer John MacDougall from Uniform Developments, Tomlinson Group of Companies president Kevin Cinq-Mars and – honestly, everywhere you looked – a member of the Taggart or Parkes clan, from the Taggart Group of Companies.

Also present were hotel general manager Matt Graham and Malhotra’s brother, Neil, who’s also a vice-president at Claridge.

The party sold 400 tickets, at $100 each. 

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From left, Ainsley Malhotra and her husband, Neil Malhotra, with guests Ian Burns from the family-run David Burns & Associates, and his wife, Kate, at the 7th Annual Share Party, held at Andaz hotel in the ByWard Market. Photo by Caroline Phillips

Looking upbeat (and unfailingly stylish) was long-time television personality Lianne Laing. She has just publicly announced her decision to leave her morning show host gig at CTV Ottawa, along with its insanely early-morning work hours. She will wrap up this Friday, and then take some time to decide what she’d like to do next in her career.

7th Annual Share Party
From left, Kevin Cinq-Mars with his wife, Sara, and Lianne Laing and her husband, Ottawa artist Tony Harris, at the 7th Annual Share Party, held at Andaz hotel in the ByWard Market on Friday, November 3, 2017, in support of Habitat for Humanity. Photo by Caroline Phillips

– caroline@obj.ca