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Fundraising Gala by Sankara Eye Foundation

To raise funds for the upcoming Sankara Eye Hospital (SEH) in Anand, Gujarat, the Focus Gujarat Group of Sankara Eye Foundation (SEF) hosted a fundraising gala in California, reports Shalini Kathuria Narang.

india Updated: May 08, 2008 17:51 IST

To raise funds for the upcoming Sankara Eye Hospital (SEH) in Anand, Gujarat, the Focus Gujarat Group of Sankara Eye Foundation (SEF) hosted a fundraising gala at the Malavalli auditorium at the India Community Center in Milpitas, California, on Saturday, May 3 rd.

The construction for the 225- bed hospital commenced in June last year is expected to be ready for formal inauguration on 19 October this year.

The goal of the gala was to raise the remaining $600,000 of the $ 2.5 million needed for the hospital construction. The organization had raised around two million dollars in the last two years via its highly successful Dandiya and other programs and generous contributions by various individuals and organizations like Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) and Charotar Leua Patidar Samaj (CLiPS) of Bay Area.

Around 350 guests attended the function that commenced with a social hour and continued with a stand up comedy routine by Dinkar Mehta, messages by SEF Chairman Murali Krishnamurthi, SEH Managing Trustee, Dr Ramani via a video address from India and some other guests and donors.

The program ended with melodious musical renditions on old and new musical numbers from Bollywood.

US based Sankara Eye Foundation, the fund raising arm of Sankara Eye Society of India established a decade back in San Jose, California is one of the most popular and successful Indo American non- profit organizations tasked with raising funds for eradicating curable blindness in India. Besides San Jose, California, the non-profit has established chapters in other parts of US also.

Like some other non profit organizations working towards myriad societal causes in India, the rise in the number of Indian employees at the various corporate in Silicon Valley has increased the scale of volunteer efforts at Sankara Eye Foundation.

Many US based Fortune 500 companies like Cisco, Oracle and others contribute dollar- to- dollar donations by employees towards certified charities. A $ 200 donation by an employee of any of these companies results in $ 400 into the kitty of the charity. Diversity groups within the Human Resources departments of these conglomerates encourage employee participation in myriad social service initiatives. The companies facilitate employee participation via paid time off for volunteer work in a charity of choice, equal monetary contribution towards a cause and valuable networking opportunities with others involved in similar work.

For the corporate, workforce of inclusion brings a wealth of ideas, innovation, and motivation to anticipate important market changes, be more responsive to customer needs, and to build a solid foundation for future needs.
The diversity group within Cisco called Indians Connected is an active employee-networking group facilitating professional development and networking opportunities to drive business growth in India, and to aid local and international targeted communities.

Several members of the group are Sankara Eye Foundation volunteers who encouraged Pankaj Patel, Senior VP and GM of the Service Provider Group at Cisco to come to the function as a chief guest. He complemented the efforts of the volunteers and said, "I have seen the work of Sankara Eye Foundation for over a decade and the foundation's efforts towards eradicating curable blindness in India is a worthy cause for employees to be involved in."