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WE CARE 2016

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by Andrea Garza
HOUSTON – On July 15th, the Houston chapter of the international non-profit named Sewa held its first annual fundraiser gala “We Care 2016” at the Houston Baptist University Campus. The gala included a silent auction and a formal recognition of various community leaders in the Brays Oaks District, such as Councilman Larry Green and Richard Rodriguez, executive director of the Brays Oaks Management District. The event helped collect funds which will be directed to the ASPIRE Tutorial program that Sewa Houston created a little over two years ago.

Guests at the gala included the executive team of Sewa Houston chapter, Roopal Shah as the keynote speaker, Council member Larry Green’s representative and Brays Oaks management districts’s executive director, Richard Rodriguez. At the gala several financial donors such as Nexion Healthcare, Dr Raman, and Subash Sreeram were recognized for their donations which have helped the ASPIRE Tutorials improve the lives of the Houston immigrant and refugee communities.

The silent auction showcased several items that were donated by other leaders in the Houston area, such as Tickets for the Houston Astros, donated by the president of the Westbury Civic Club, Becky Edmonson, two art pieces, and jewelry. Up Art studio donated street artist, 212’s piece titled “Geisha”, while local artist, Gopaal Seyn, donated a piece titled “Tears”. The two necklaces auctioned were by donated by Import World Inc. a company that specializes in sterling jewelry.

Guests at the gala. Photo credit: Nik Nikam Network.

Guests at the gala. Photo credit: Nik Nikam Network.

At the gala interns and volunteers that work with Sewa were recognized for having completed more than 200 hours of volunteer work each during the ongoing summer. The college interns have been helping as instructors at the ASPIRE Tutorials program. The ASPIRE Tutorials program is a free afterschool tutoring service dedicated to helping immigrant and refugee children in the Houston area with their homework and English speaking skills.

Sewa Houston is one of thirty-eight Sewa branches located within the United States. For over ten years Sewa Houston has been part of a larger international movement which aims to serve humanity irrespective of religion, gender or nationality. Sewa Houstonaims to help those most disadvantaged within its local community with programs focused on refugee empowerment, public health outreach, and improving the education of immigrant and refugee students. Sewa is dedicated to the ideal of “Service above Self”.

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