Name of Event: Boston Virtual Gala
Date: May 3, 2020
Participants: Over 1,000 businesses, non-profits, government officials, and philanthropic leaders from around the world.
Goal: Raise awareness and funds for the organization’s dual mission of addressing childhood hunger and promoting education for underserved children in India.
The gala keynote speaker Prof. Ashish Jha from the Harvard Chan School of Public Health, a much sought-after global expert on COVID-19, spoke about the short and long-term implications of COVID-19 and how the world can mitigate some of those devastating effects. Prof. Kash Rangan, who teaches social enterprise and business at Harvard Business School and is a long-time supporter of Akshaya Patra, shared his views on the current COVID-19 pandemic as well as the invisible pandemics that afflict humans globally. The gala also showcased Paresh Rawal, a celebrated Indian actor who is a proud supporter of Akshaya Patra, with a surprise visit from his wife Swaroop Sampat. The Bollywood-themed evening celebrated the beneficiaries, Boston chapter team, and volunteers who continue to work to alleviate classroom hunger.