Child Rights & You America Inc., also known as CRY America, a nonprofit that works towards ensuring underprivileged children their basic rights, hosted its first CRY Gala Dinner June 3 in Los Altos, Calif., and took advantage of the event to amplify the voices of underprivileged children.

The event featured celebrity guest Arjun Rampal to help support the cause. Other speakers at the dinner at Amber India restaurant included CRY America president Shefali Sunderlal and Shambhunath Singh Research Foundation program director Dr. Rolee Singh.

The dinner was attended by more than 120 guests and raised roughly $70,000 for children’s rights.

Additionally, the event featured an auction, Bollywood entertainment, music and dancing.

Bollywood actor Rampal impressed the guests with his charming personality and his fundraising appeals increased the collection for the evening.

The guests were also privy to the trailer of “Daddy,” produced by Rampal and scheduled for release in mid-July. Dances choreographed to songs from Rampal’s movies were performed by Dance Identity.

A live Skype call was a special point in the evening where guests interacted with Singh from CRY-supported Project SSRF, and 14-year-old Akeela shared her story of how she was saved from child marriage and went back to school to pursue her dreams.

Among the auction items were paintings donated by noted Indian artists Vasudev, Vaikuntam and Vani Chawla, fashion ensembles donated by Tarun Tahiliani and Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla, an evening clutch by Sabyasachi, jewelry pieces by Surat Diamonds, a jersey autographed by Olympian P.V. Sindhu and a jacket worn by Abhinav Bindra in the Rio World Cup.

CRY America thanked all the donors for making the first CRY Gala in the San Francisco Bay Area a grand success, with special mention to Savitha and Doc Vaidhyanathan, Neelu and Samir Virmani, Arti and Ketan Duvedi, Satish and Rama Iyengar, Vinay and Anjali Deshpande, Dhrumil and Renu Gandhi, Vaishali Karthik, Dr. Uil and Swati Chettipally, Chaitanya Upadhyay, Amit Duvedi, Sujay and Sushmita Saha, Monika Borgaonkar and Minaxi Patel.

CRY America works with grass-root projects, communities and local government agencies to ensure children have quality education, healthcare and are protected from child labor, child marriage and gender discrimination.

The nonprofit’s child rights model has stood the test of time and delivers impact that brings lasting change in the lives of the communities and children it serves.

CRY is well respected for its professional and comprehensive project planning, monitoring and selection processes.

Sunderlal was happy to receive a certificate of recognition from the California Legislative Assembly on behalf of the children they serve from Ajai Jain Bhutoria. Additionally, Rampal was presented a certificate of recognition for his support to CRY and children’s issues.

“CRY believes that you have the power to change children’s futures and your support allows us to ensure that thousands of children are able to go to sleep educated, healthy and protected,” Sunderlal said. “It is because of events like the CRY gala dinners that we have been able to impact the lives of 660,632 children living across 3,350 villages and slums through support to 73 Projects.”

A CRY Gala Dinner was also held June 4 in Orange County at the Tandoori Garden Banquet Hall in Anaheim, Calif.

More information about CRY America or the CRY gala dinner 2017 can be found at http://www.america.cry.org.

– Courtesy of CRY America Inc.

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