SKN Foundation’s Annual Gala Creates Support System For South Asian Families Affected by Cancer

Victims and survivors of cancer were honored through a special slide show at the SKN Foundation’s annual gala, on Saturday, September 17, 2016, at the Marigold Hotel (315 Churchill Avenue) in Somerset, New Jersey. Family and friends shared stories and photos of loved ones who have been affected by the life-threatening illness by visiting

Cancer survivor and “thriver,” actor and author Lisa Ray, will share the story of her battle with Multiple Myeloma, in addition to walking the runway as the showstopper for international fashion designer to the stars, Joy Mitra. Fox News radio and television personality Vipp Jaswal will emcee the evening’s program, which will include entertainment by singer/songwriter Falu Shah.

“The amount of support we are receiving from activists and philanthropists in the New York and New Jersey communities is truly heart-warming and humbling,” said Sonalika Ahuja, President of Beyond Media and lead organizer of the event. “This is an issue that affects all of us, and the SKN Foundation’s goal is educate people about the disease, while creating an accessible support system for South Asian families.”

In addition to Joy Mitra’s fashion show, the evening will also spotlight “real people” who are creating change in their community and will walk the ramp in support of the cause. They include: Giving Back Foundation founder Meera Gandhi; NY1 and AVS host Joya Dass; Actor Sonny Chatrath; Actor Deepti Nair; Actor & Restauranteur Roni Mazumdar; and, Cancer Survivor Chiara D’Agostino.

All of the celebrities at the event will walk the red carpet and provide one-on-one interviews to select media. Media check-in will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the red carpet will begin promptly at 6 p.m. To reserve your spot on the red carpet, please email

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