Children’s Hope gala raises $250,000

Author Suketu Mehta receiving Sprit of Mumbai award from Karan Johar at a Fund raiser for Children’s Hope India Gala "An Evening in Mumbai" in NYC

NEW YORK: What could be better than visiting Mumbai in the company of a Bollywood celebrity? Mumbai and filmmaker Karan Johar came to Manhattan for An Evening in Mumbai, Children’s Hope India Gala, held Oct 10 at the Grand Hyatt in Manhattan.

The evening attracted over 500 supporters and raised approximately $250,000 for health and education projects in India.

The chief guests were Dr. Indu Shahani, Sheriff of Mumbai, Consul General of India, Prabhu Dayal and his wife Chandini Dayal.

All the guests walked down a red carpet to a virtual Mumbai recreated in the Grand Hyatt.

They stopped to get their portraits taken at the R.K. Studios in front of a giant image of the Gateway of India, before acquiring bargains in everything from jewelry to crafts to candy at Chor Bazaar.

The cocktail area was transformed into Chowpatty, with all the spicy delights from frankies to chaat papri. The giant cutouts of Bollywood films and of Mumbai landmarks coupled with the creative table décor made the evening in Mumbai a sparkling one.

Dr. Dina Pahlajani, president of Children’s Hope India, spoke evocatively about the work done by Children’s Hope India and a powerful photo presentation of children in the 25 projects in different cities made it all come alive. The Sheriff of Mumbai talked about the challenges and the positive transformation in the city, with a population of young people ready for change and civic commitment.

The prestigious Lotus Award was presented to two honorees: Dr. Valavanur Subramanian, Chairman, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital and to Madhu Vuppuluri, President and CEO of Essar Americas Inc. The Making a Difference Award acknowledged the selfless work of Mark Templer, Director of Hope Foundation, Hope Worldwide. The award was sponsored by HSBC Private Bank.

The Spirit of Mumbai awards, which were sponsored by Telebrands International, honored three New Yorkers whose work and passions embody the energy and can-do spirit of Mumbai: Suketu Mehta, author of ‘Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found’; Mira Nair, noted filmmaker whose first film ‘Salaam Bombay’ embodied the city’s ethos; and Aroon Shivdasani, President of the Indo-American Arts Council which brings the magic of Indian art and culture to New Yorkers.

Children’s Hope India is a volunteer organization of Indian women professionals in New York that has been raising funds for children’s health and education since 1992. It supports over 25 projects across several major cities in India reaching out to over 20,000 children per year.

India Post News Service

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