CUPERTINO, Calif. — Touch-A-Life Foundation, an Indian American-led non-profit organization that supports homeless students across the San Francisco Bay Area, hosted its first annual fundraising event Dec. 22. Over 300 people attended and together raised almost $20,000, which will be used to alleviate the hardships homeless students face and provide them the support they need to continue their education.
The fundraiser also collected various supplies, including clothing, sanitation kits and school supplies, which were then given to foster care program liaisons who work with underprivileged students in local school districts.
Founded in 2012 by U.C. Berkeley student Tej Gundavelli, the Touch-A-Life foundation’s mission is to keep homeless students motivated to continue their education and go to college by helping them overcome daily resource issues.
Organized by kids for their less fortunate peers, the inaugural fundraiser was held at the Quinlan Community Center here and featured a variety of performances – many by local teens – including dances, speeches and live music. There was also an art exhibition and a photography auction.
“We were touched by the support,” said Gundavelli. “We thank our volunteers who helped us put together this inaugural program and made it a grand success.”
"The Touch-A-Life Foundation annual fundraising dinner was a huge success – many people gathered together for one reason: giving to the needy and deserving people within our local community," said foundation member Veena Gundavelli.
"Every donation helps provide backpacks, school supplies, sweaters and coats to underprivileged and homeless students," added Touch-A-Life Foundation co-founder Trisha Gundavelli.
Support for the event was provided by Solix Technologies and the Emagia Corporation, and Pista House served dinner and refreshments throughout the evening.
For more information on the Touch-A-Life foundation, please visit www.touchalife.org