CRY, Child Rights & You America Inc, a non-profit that works towards ensuring underprivileged children their basic rights, hosted their annual CRY Gala Dinner in New York on Friday June 9, 2017 at The Taj Pierre Hotel in New York City. Celebrity guest Arjun Rampal joined CRY America to amplify the voices of underprivileged children & support the cause.
The dinner was attended by more than 140 guests and raised roughly $120,000 for children’s rights. Additionally, the event featured an auction, Bollywood entertainment, music and dancing.
Bollywood actor Rampal impressed the guests with his charming personality and his fundraising appeals increased the collection for the evening. The guests were also privy to the trailer of “Daddy,” produced by Rampal and scheduled for release in mid-July. Dances choreographed to songs from Rampal’s movies were performed by Dance Identity.
The auction featured paintings donated by noted Indian artists Ram Kumar, JMS Mani, Vasudev, Vaikuntam, Solanki & Anuradha Thakur; fashion ensembles donated by JJ Vallaya, Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla, Neeta Lulla, Ritu Kumar; an evening clutch by Sabyasachi; jewelry pieces donated by Raj Jewels, Aquamarine, Surat Diamonds & ReeMat Collections; record albums autographed by Prince and the Rolling Stones and a Beatles concert poster autographed by Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr.
CRY America thanks all the donors for making the CRY Gala a success, with special mention to Ajay & Anita Agarwal, Rupal & Harsh Patil, Roopam & Sanjeev Jain, Meenakshi & Vikas Mahajan, Sandeep & Nilima Jain, Anupam Yadav, Kamini & Vijay Dandapani, Dr. Hetal Gor, Gopal Kutty, Roger & Jayshree Sawhney, Shefali & Sumer Salwan, Supriya & Prafulla Nabar, Janill & Sahul Sharma, Arati & Srikant Nagaraj, Kamal & Kiran Arora. CRY America also thanks the media for their support, especially Star TV, TV Asia, India Abroad & Parikh Worldwide.
CRY America works with grass-root Projects, communities and local government agencies to ensure children have quality education, health care and are protected from child labor, child marriage & gender discrimination. CRY’s child rights model has stood the test of time and delivers impact that brings lasting change in the lives of the communities & children it serves. CRY is well known for its professional project planning, monitoring & selection processes in the field.
Shefali Sunderlal, President, said that “CRY believes that “YOU” have the power to change children’s futures and your support allows us to ensure that thousands of children are able to go to sleep educated, healthy and protected. It is because of events like the CRY Gala Dinners that we have been able to impact the lives of 660,632 children living across 3,350 villages and slums through support to 73 Projects. Thank You for supporting CRY America.”