Saheli Boston to Host Fundraising Gala on Dec. 8

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WOBURN, MA—Saheli Boston, an non-profit community organization that was started in 1996 to address the major issue of domestic violence in South Asian community, will host its fundraiser on Dec. 8 at Hilton Hotel in Woburn, MA.

Named Nirbhaya, Saheli’s fundraising gala promises to be a fun filled evening of dance, music, food and friends as Saheli celebrates 21 years of service to the South Asian community in New England.

Approximately one in every 4 adult women experience some form of abuse, physical or emotional, from her intimate partner, and that number may be even higher in South Asian community, Saheli said in a statement.

“Many women do not share this even with their close friends for fear of ostracization. This is why Saheli was born, to provide a safe environment, a place for women like Sneha to seek help. In 2016 alone, Saheli provided victim services to 182 women, 300 children, and 200 senior citizens in the SA community,” the statement said.

Sneha, a smart beautiful girl with a degree in dentistry from Mumbai, had an arranged marriage, barely knew her husband, but left the only home she knew to join him in Boston. She had hopes and dreams of building a happy home with her husband, while making a successful career for herself.

“Unfortunately, it did not take long for her to realize her dreams were crushed. She was in an abusive marriage, with no money of her own, and knew no one she could turn to for support. You probably have met someone like Sneha, or heard a story similar to hers,” the statement said.

Saheli offers a plethora of services to the South Asian women facing domestic violence including financial and legal assistance, counseling in a South Asian language, mental health referrals, shelter and protection – all of which are provided free of cost. For this, we need to raise funds.

“Every day, Saheli empowers women like Sneha to transition from being victims to survivors, and it does so with the support and strength of people like you,” said Savitha Rajiv, co-executive director of Saheli. “Your generosity enables Saheli to provide these free services to the community, as a result, thousands of families are safer and healthier today. We look forward to your presence at the gala, so we can all come together and support this great cause.”

Once a volunteer driven agency, Saheli has grown to a staff of eight (part-time), nine board members and ten trustees, all with the passion and dedication to help women and their families lead safe, healthy and happy lives. “Come join us at Nirbhaya, and help Saheli’s cause to empower the women of our community facing Domestic Violence.”

To buy tickets or to donate to Saheli, please go to You can also mail a check payable to” SAHELI, Inc.”, at P. O. Box 1345, Burlington, MA 01803

Our Tax ID # is: 03-0547972. All donations are tax deductible and receipts will be sent.

If your company matches charitable donations, please send the form to the above address and Saheli will submit it.

Ticket Type (Ages 13+) Early bird (Until 11/27/17) After 11/28/17
Individual $75 $85
Table of 10 $700 $800


Sponsorship Amount Complimentary tickets Recognition
Platinum Event Sponsor $5,000 10 Full page in brochure and listed on


Gold Event Sponsor $3000 10 Half page and listed on website
Silver Event Sponsor $2000 10 Quarter page and listed on website
Corporate Table $1250 10 Listed in the program brochure and website
Full page ad $1000 2 Listed in the program brochure
Half page ad $500 2 Listed in the program brochure
Quarter page ad $250 2 Listed in the program brochure


  • $1,000 to provide 75 hours of support line services to survivors of abuse
  • $750 to provide 25 people one-on-one group support
  • $500 to provide educational assistance to 1 South Asian domestic violence survivor
  • $250 to train one volunteer to become an agent of social change in the community
  • $100 to buy 2 monthly subway tickets for a woman to obtain crucial services
  • $50 to provide groceries to 1 woman living in a shelter for one week.


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