Children’s Hope India held its annual Spring Luncheon at Leonard’s Palazzo in Great Neck, N.Y., May 18. Attended by over 250 women, the event raised funds to educate slum children in India and the homeless in New York City.
A highlight of the luncheon was the Woman of Distinction Award. This year’s award went to Ritu Banga, co-founder of the technology start-up Zoomdojo — an internship and job search engine with a database of 60,000 internships and jobs. Banga was acknowledged for her exemplary role as a career woman, wife and mother, and for her pro bono work with non-profits, including youth employment for inner city students.
Banga was introduced by Tinku Jain, CHI’s first Woman of Distinction and an advisory board member. Banga emphasized the importance of creating opportunities for under-served children in India and the U.S.
“India and the U.S. are both home to fantastic schools and colleges... Yet there is a great disparity in the quality of education and opportunity for children,” Banga noted. “These disparities are an injustice and also a threat to our future, and Children’s Hope is doing remarkable work in addressing these issues and creating opportunities.”
The luncheon was organized by the CHI benefit committee, comprised of Babita Advani, Milan Devjani, Aarti Kamat, Maneesha Sani and Madhulika Shroff. It was coordinated by Jharna Jaisinghani of Artistic Affairs, and DJUSA provided the music.
The afternoon featured cocktails, a luncheon and gift baskets for raffle. A marketplace brought several young entrepreneurs together to showcase their wares.