Name of Event: Boston Virtual Gala

Date: May 3, 2020

Venue: Virtual

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.

Outcomes:

 

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. 

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