Nanubhai Education Foundation raises $55,000 at Fifth Annual Gala

Celebs with Raj Shah and Nita Nehru
Celebs with Raj Shah and Nita Nehru

New York, NY, May 13, 2013 (Washington Bangla Radio): Over 350 guests attended the Nanubhai Education Foundation’s Fifth Annual Gala on May 10th, 2013 held at Midtown Loft and Terrance in New York City. Spokesman for Nanubhai Education Foundation, Actor Manish Dayal, along with special guests; Melanie Kannokada, Neelu Sodhi, Pooja Kumar, Nina Manuel, Ami Sheth, Indrani Pal Chaudhuri, and Fashion Designer Payal Singhal came out to support the charity.

Desserts by Choca8Kiss
Desserts by Choca8Kiss

The gala, which sold out in advance, raised a high of $55,000 from ticket sales and personal donations. Hosted annually, the gala raises funds to support the Foundation's programs which provide scholarships for meritorious women to attend college and provides direct support to improve the quality of education in rural public schools in India.

“This year we exceeded our fundraising goals with the help of our long time supporters.  Every year our mission of reforming rural education is being put to work in a real way. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our organization's success.” says Manish Dayal spokesman for the organization.

Former Executive Director Nita Nehru announced her new role for NEF as the Co-Chair of the Board along with Kandarp Shah, while Claire Arthurs will take responsibility as the incoming Executive Director.

"After two years working on Nanubhai's mission in rural India, I am honored to assume the role of Executive Director. I plan to work with our team to expand our flagship programs to new regions of India. Additionally, I will focus on strengthening our already-expanding network of donors and volunteers. I am excited to lead this organization into the next phase of growth.” says Claire Arthurs.

Incoming ED Claire Arthurs
Incoming ED Claire Arthurs

Guests enjoyed cocktails from Diageo, Kettle One Vodka and Guinness, appetizers from Michelin Star Indian restaurant, Tulsi and desserts by Sonam Sondhi of Choca8Kiss. DJ Gaurav kept the crowd entertainment while Fashion Designer Payal Singhal provided her new collection on mannequins as the décor for the venue. Official photography was done by 1000 Words Studios.  The event was designed and managed by Preeti Shah of Spotlight Style. Publicity was handled by Neerja Public Relations who secured AVS Television, TV Asia and Sahara One as media partners.

Former ED Nita Nehru with Founder Raj Shah
Former ED Nita Nehru with Founder Raj Shah

Nanubhai Education Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit dedicated to providing equal access to India’s rapidly growing economic opportunities to the students of India’s rural public high schools by improving the level of instruction throughout rural india via Teacher Training and Professional Development. Since 2004, Nanubhai has been transforming access to quality education. They have integrated an innovative program of English training, teaching techniques and classroom management skills to underfunded public schools in the Indian state of Gujarat. The organization was founded on the premise that all Indian students deserve equal access to quality education.

Guests at NEF
Guests at NEF

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Pictures: 1000 Words Studios