BOSTON–The American India Foundation, whose mission is to promote social and economic change in India, will hold its annual fundraising gala on March 31, 2018 at the Renaissance Waterfront Hotel in Boston. The gala will be co-chaired by Kunjan Anjaria & Vikram Mahidhar and Asha & Kim Shah.
The theme for the 2018 gala is “Connect: Connect with a cause, Connect with ideas, Connect with the community.”
“We want to connect back with people and the cause in India so that we can make a difference,” said Mahidhar, an entrepreneur, strategy advisor and innovator who leads Cognitive Technology Solutions business at RAGE Frameworks. “We also want to bring some AIF beneficiaries from India to the gala in March.”
Kim Shah, a marketing and business development executive in high tech industry, said that gala chairs and AIF volunteers are all excited about the upcoming event.
“Vikram, Kunjan, Asha and I are honored and excited to be co-chairing the upcoming AIF gala to be held on March 31st, 2018 at the Renaissance Waterfront Hotel in Boston,” said Shah. “The theme for the gala is CONNECT – connect with a cause, connect with ideas, connect with the community.”
He said that AIF collectively believes that when people come together as a community, transformation happens.
“Once a year, we get this tremendous opportunity to come together in support of the many wonderful causes that are supported by AIF, and we look forward to seeing many old friends as well as making new ones at the upcoming event,” Shah said.
New England leadership of AIF includes: Raj & Nalini Sharma, Venkat & Pratima Srinivasan, Drs. Brian & Sunita Pereiira, Vivek & Vandana Sharma, and Santhana & Namita Krishnan. Members of AIF’s New England Council of Governors are: Andy Gupta, Farida Kathawalla, Nimit Nathwani, Sangita Thakore, Srini Ambati and Vikram Mahidhar.
Founded in 2001, AIF is committed to catalyzing social and economic change in India, and building a lasting bridge between the United States and India through high-impact interventions in education, livelihoods, public health, and leadership development. Working closely with local communities, AIF partners with NGOs to develop and test innovative solutions and with governments to create and scale sustainable impact. AIF’s programs emphasize inclusive models that focus on the unique needs of girls and women to achieve gender equity as a basis for sustainable change.
AIF was at the initiative of President Bill Clinton following a suggestion from Indian Prime Minister Vajpayee, AIF has impacted the lives of 3.1 million of India’s poor by providing access to high-quality education, formal sector employment for urban youth and rickshaw drivers, and public health services to protect the health of mothers and their children, while building the next generation of global leaders through service. With offices in New York and California, eleven chapters across the U.S., and India operations centered in New Delhi, AIF is transforming lives across 23 states of India while addressing these issues on a regional, country, and international scale. President Bill Clinton serves as Honorary Chair and former Ambassador to India Frank Wisner chairs the Advisory Council. Learn more at www.AIF.org