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Akanksha Fund’s 2019 Gala
The Akanksha Fund’s fourth annual gala, held at Cipriani 25 Broadway on May 10th, was a resounding success. Over 400 people attended the sold-out gala which raised close to $1 million for Akanksha’s work in India. The gala featured two 8th grade Akanksha students from Mumbai, Prajwal Gayen and Nirjala Sharma. They spoke of the power of education and how Akanksha has changed the course of their lives. During a fireside chat, moderated by famous Indian actor Boman Irani, the students described overcoming obstacles familiar to so many of our students and gaining the tools and skills to succeed through their Akanksha teachers.
Boman Irani entertained the audience with a breath-taking rendition of “My Way” by Frank Sanatra and spoke of visiting Akanksha’s schools and seeing the power of what education can do for children and their families.
The event received national press coverage in India from the Times of India and the Hindustan Times among others. It was organized by this year’s Gala Host Committee, a group of philanthropists from New York passionate about education, and an army of young professional volunteers. Sponsored by leaders in the corporate community and individuals, the event highlighted the need for quality education in the world’s largest democracy and illustrated how Akanksha’s model of working with public and private partners aims to bring best in class education to over one million economically disadvantaged children over the next few years.
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Akanksha Fund’s 2018 Gala: Educating Children, Empowering Communities
On May 10th, 2018, The Akanksha Fund hosted its third annual gala, Educating Children, Empowering Communities, which raised over $780,000 for Akanksha’s work in India.
In addition to changing the lives of 7,000 children through their network of schools, the Akanksha Foundation helps empower the communities in which their students live. This year, the night focused on this crucial work, including programs like the Building Bridges initiative, which helps children and parents develop emotional bonds, and support groups that focus on building self-confidence and leadership among women.
These programs were highlighted by featured speaker, Senior Director of Akanksha Schools in Pune, Jayshree Oberoi, who described their empowering impact on parents, families, and communities. Our keynote speakers and 6th grade Akanksha students, Tahura and Dhanashree, described what sets their school apart and how Akanksha helped them develop the confidence to be a leader. You can view their speech here and photos from the event here.
A special thank you to the Fund’s community of supporters, Gala Host Committee, speakers, and volunteers for making the night a resounding success.
Akanksha Fund’s 2017 Gala: The Stories Behind the Numbers
On May 9, 2017, the Akanksha Fund celebrated its second annual Gala, The Stories Behind the Numbers. The 2017 Gala looked behind Akanksha’s statistical achievements to highlight student’s stories.
The event featured speeches from the Akanksha Foundation’s past leadership, outgoing CEO Vandana Goyal, and future leadership, incoming CEO Saurabh Taneja. Both speeches highlighted the Akanksha Foundation’s impact and how the organization plans to create systemic change throughout India’s education system.
The keynote speakers of the night were three Akanksha alumni, Shubhangi Nagaria, Pooja Wagh, and Mrunal Khadke. The alumni described how access to a quality education transformed their lives.
Because of our fantastic supporters, the Akanksha Fund raised over $600,000 for the Akanksha Foundation’s programs.
A recent fundraiser called, the 3 on 3 Classic, was a basketball tournament that brought together over 50 children and friends in Chicago came together to play hard, donating their time, energy, money, and effort to enact change for children in India through the Akanksha Foundation. They raised $2,560 to buy supplies for Mahalaxmi School in Mumbai.
Akanksha Fund’s April 2014 Reception in NYC, hosted by Dr. and Mrs. Sen.
Akanksha Fund’s Donor Reception, Junoon NYC April 2014
Akanksha Fund’s Donor Reception, Junoon NYC April 2015