Chinmaya Mission Diwali Banquet Raises $250K
Ranjani Saigal and Anil Saigal
The annual Chinmaya fundraising banquet held to cover the gap between the annual expenses and revenues for Chinmaya Maruti was a smashing success with over @250 K raised within 30 min of the pledge drive. The banquet was held at the Wyndham hotel in Andover, MA.
The event opened with a prayer by the priest at Chinmaya Maruti. Chinmaya Balvihar then presented a fabulous Ramayana skit. The young narrators impressed the audience by speaking in chaste Hindi. Smt. Sashi Dwarakanath who serves as the coordinator for the Bal Vihar program described the program. "Swami Chinmayananda felt very strongly committed to the Bal Vihar program. Give me your children for twenty five years and I will give you peace he would say," said Smt. Dwarakanath.
Naveen Aggarwal, the dynamic treasurer and marketing coordinator for Chinmaya Maruti presented the details of the budget. "To run such a large organization one needs to contribute Than-Man-Dhan. Than-Man is donated by the wonderful volunteers under the inspirational leadership of Dr. Dwarakanath. Unfortunately that is not sufficient. We need Dhan as well and that is why we look to you for help," said Aggarwal. Naveen Aggarwal's skilled marketing efforts drew over 350 people to the event, many of who were new to Chinmaya Maruti.
Dr. Dwarkanath who led the pledge drive encouraging people to give any amount starting from $50. The pledge amount grew quickly and easily to $25,000 with Dr. Dwarakanath and his wife pledging more than $25,000 for the effort. Within 30 minutes, with a set of loyal supporters including founder members Ashwani and Anil Singhal, the targeted amount of $250,000 was raised.
Desh Deshpande, gave an inspiring keynote speech. Desh and Jaishree have been staunch supporters of Chinmaya Maruti from the very beginning.
The cultural segment for the evening continued with a musical segment by the CMB Sangeet group. Preetesh Shrivastav's flair for comedy showed through as he served as a wonderful MCEE for the musical segment. Guests enjoyed a wonderful dinner served by Bollywood Grill.
Overall a wonderful event.
Share your Comments
In this Issue
|Local Givings - Prashant H Fadia And American India Foundation|
AIF New England Holds Annual 'Bow Ties And Bangles ' Gala
On December 3rd, at the Renaissance Waterfront Hotel in Boston, the American India Foundation New England Chapter will hold its 5th annual fundraiser on the theme 'Celebrating Philanthropy' to support its programs for the marginalized in India. [more]
Catch up, register and purchase tickets for the events and concerts during this upcoming fortnight including ISW Diwali Celebration, Smt. Rama Vaaidyanathan, Boston Bhangra 2012, Baar Baar OP, Sri. Shujaat Khan and AIF Boston Gala. [more]
|UIA Diwali 'Mela' A Fun Event|
United India Association celebrated Diwali in 'Mela' style on Nov. 6th at Charles E. Middle school in Newton. This event was attended by over 400 people. [more]
|Arangetram: Naveena Shanmugam |
Naveena Shanmugam, a disciple of the well-respected and immensely talented Smt. Sridevi Thirumalai transcended the stage and danced into the realm of the sublime in a 3-hour performance in Ashland High school in front of a large audience of family, friends and well-wishers. [more]
|Dwarkamai Shirdi Sai Temple Celebrated Diwali With Abhijit Ghoshal|
On Oct. 28th evening the Dwarkamai Shirdi Sai Temple celebrated Diwali with a melodious and enthralling musical evening with Abhijit Ghoshal famed Bollywood Singer and winner of 11 consecutive SaReGaMaPa episodes. Abhijit was accompanied by Samit (another big name in composing industry with work including Tujh Mein Rab Dikhta Hai) on the keyboard and our own local musical prodigy Pranav Ghatraju on the tabla. [more]
You may also access this article through our web-site http://www.lokvani.com/