Akshaya Patra held its annual Boston Gala at Cambridge, Massachusetts this year. The event was flooded by representatives from the US Government, Non – Profit Organisations, business entities and philanthropic leaders. In order to raise funds to feed hungry children, the event mainly aimed at supporting the organisations’ dual mission of addressing classroom hunger and promotion of education among economically disadvantaged children of India.
The Akshaya Patra Boston event started with a speech by US Congressman, Joseph Kennedy III (D-MA) of Massachusetts (4th Congressional District). He addressed the gathering with key focus on classroom hunger and education for economically disadvantaged children and shared that to feed hungry children at a great scale cannot be achieved without Public Private Partnership. He also added that a non-profit organisation like Akshaya Patra is a model of cooperation and scale, better than any other in the world which was justified by the organisation’ achievements.
Emily Rosenbaum, CEO, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, USA; shared her experience while travelling in India. She also threw light on important facts about the non – profit organisation, The Akshaya Patra Foundation and its efforts to feed hungry children.
Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014 was also interviewed on this occasion by celebrity host Dr Manju Sheth, of ‘chai with Manju’, India New England publication; during the gala held by the non-profit organisation. She shared her experiences as Miss America and of her travels.
“Desh” Deshpande, Board Chairman, The Akshaya Patra Foundation gave the welcome address and led the fundraising event with aim to feed hungry children. A performance by Neena Gulati added a niche to the Gala. The Non-Profit Organisation received an overwhelming support from the audience. Boston Benefit 2014 aided to contribution of $595,000 to the cause of the organisation.
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