The 2015 Children’s Hope India Gala set a new record by raising over $1 million for children’s education in India. Over 450 guests attended the event at Pier Sixty in the Manhattan borough of New York City Oct. 11.
The sold-out gala began with cocktails and a performance by Aatma Performing Arts dancers and then segued into an introduction to CHI by Tinku Jain, media personality and CHI advisory board member.
Prakash Melwani, senior managing director and CIO at Blackstone, was presented the Lotus Award for his contributions to children’s education. “It costs just $150 to educate an Indian child for a year and change their life permanently,” Melwani said.
Manjul Bhargava, professor of mathematics at Princeton University, received the Making a Difference Award. He noted that the children he taught in the Mumbai slums were far more excited and appreciative to be learning than his students at Princeton.
A live auction raised over $130,000 within 10 minutes. These funds will enhance CHI’s efforts to bring technological learning to underserved children in India. Funds were also raised from silent auction items, including an F.N. Souza art piece donated by DAG Modern, a vacation in the private Bulgari villa in Tuscany by Podernuovo a Palazzone, and Air India tickets.
The highlight of the evening remained the children as guests were introduced to CHI junior members, young professionals and high school students who are actively fundraising to help less fortunate children get an education.
This year’s event had over 22 major corporations join in as sponsors.
Children’s Hope India, started more than two decades ago, now has over 20 projects across India that impact over 250,000 children. For more information about CHI or to donate, please visit: www.ChildrensHopeIndia.org.