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Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation Raises over $2 million for Education and Development in Rural India

Left to Right Ashok Danda, Chair of US Board of Directors, Subhash Gupta, Chair, Board of Advisors, Chirag Patel, CEO Amneal Pharmaceuticals, Mohan Wanchoo, Chairman of Gala and CEO, Rejesh Khooti, Subhash Chandra, Chair ZTV, Bajrang Bagra, Ekal India CEO, Laxmi Goyal, Chairman, BLSP.

Left to Right Ashok Danda, Chair of US Board of Directors, Subhash Gupta, Chair, Board of Advisors, Chirag Patel, CEO Amneal Pharmaceuticals, Mohan Wanchoo, Chairman of Gala and CEO, Rejesh Khooti, Subhash Chandra, Chair ZTV, Bajrang Bagra, Ekal India CEO, Laxmi Goyal, Chairman, BLSP.

Mohan Wanchoo, chairman and founder of EC Infosystems addressing the gathering.

Mohan Wanchoo, chairman and founder of EC Infosystems addressing the gathering.

by Ranjani Saigal
Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation, the largest non-profit organization working to bring education and development to over 58,000 rural remote villages in India hosted a fundraising gala on Saturday, Nov. 4 at the majestic ‘Cipriani Banquet Hall’ in the Wall Street area of New York City. The gala attracted community leaders from around the US and helped raise 2 million dollars.
The event featured inspirational keynotes by Dr. Subhash Chandra, founder of ZEE TV who is the Chairman of Ekal Global and Mitze Perdue, motivational speaker and heiress to the Sheraton Hotel and Perdue farms. The event was the brainchild of Ekal supporter. Mohan Wanchoo, CEO of EC Infosystems, who worked tirelessly with a small core team to create this beautiful event. Chirag Patel, Co-CEO & Chairman of ‘Amneal Pharmaceuticals’ came in as the first co-chair for the event and helped shape the event. Other co-chairs for the event included Soner Kanlier, CEO Jasmine Universe, Rajesh Gooty CEO M-Corp Inc, Chintu Patel Co-CEO & Chairman of ‘Amneal Pharmaceuticals’ and Gautam Patel, Managing Director, Tarsadia Investments.
The guest list was a star-studded list that included Rajat Gupta the ex-CEO of McKinsey and Akhil Gupta, the former CEO of Blackstone India, Robyn Meredith, Sundaram Tagore and others. Over 20 people had travelled all the way from Houston to attend the event.

COMM_EKal_Mitzi Perdue - Keynote Speaker

Mitzi Perdue was the Keynote Speaker at the event.

Bhangra dance performance was part of the event’s entertainment.

Bhangra dance performance was part of the event’s entertainment.

The Houston attendees included Ramesh Shah, winner of the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman and the founder of Ekal USA, Ashok Danda, the chairman of the Board of Directors of Ekal USA and several Ekal supporters including Swapnil Agarwal, CEO of Nithya Capital.
In the opening segment the “Apna Ekal Hoga Na, a special song created for Ekal was released. The song was created for Ekal by Anuradha Palakurthi and featured musicians from around the world. A youth panel, featuring Nikita Minocha, Nandini Seetharaman and Rithvik Pothapragda coordinated by Anuradha Upneja, Ekal Youth Leaders Director from New England followed the song release. The youth described their experiences visiting Ekal villages.
The highlight of the event was an auction that helped raise over 2 million dollars. Three generous donors – Chirag Patel, Ajay/Ranjini Poddar, Sant Singh Chatwal – each donated $250,000 each. There was amazing synergy and excitement during the pledging process.
“The gala in NYC was simply magnificent. It was attended by many eminent personalities. The collection at the gala exceeded our expectation”, said Subhash Gupta, Chairman, Board of Advisors for Ekal.
For long time Ekal supporter Vijay Pallod, the event was truly memorable. “I had never seen so many donors raising their hand to donate large sums.I was delighted to have Dr. Subhash Chandra personally sign my copy of his book : The Z Factor: My Journey as the Wrong Man at the Right Time” said Pallod.
The event ended with the honoring of Mohan Wanchoo by Ekal India team to thank him for all his efforts on behalf of Ekal. Dr. Subhash Chandra applauded the efforts and said he looked forward to seeing Ekal USA expand its outreach and support the efforts of Ekal India so that Ekal India can reach 100,000 villages.


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