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CRY America: Giving wings to children’s dreams

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Vipp jaswal, Madhur Mittal, Shefali Sunderlal, Dr Roshini Raj20141115083855_l

New York, NY : Child Rights and You America Inc (CRY America), a non-profit that works to restore the rights of underprivileged children, especially in India, hosted its annual gala dinner ‘Pledge 2014’ on November 7 at the Taj Pierre here.

Over 12 years, CRY America’s work with 70 projects has resulted in 324,368 children enrolled in schools, 9,519 children freed from child labor, 177,814 children immunized, 95,444 births registered, 358 public healthcare centers strengthened and 501 villages freed from child labor.

Speaking at Pledge 2014, Shefali Sunderlal, President of CRY America shared, “All children have dreams and aspirations. However, obstacles such as malnutrition, child labor, child marriage and lack of education destroy their childhood. CRY America has given wings to the dreams of 450,832 children by ensuring education, healthcare, nutrition and protection from exploitation. This achievement has been possible only because of the support received from 20,000 generous donors and 2,000 committed volunteers.”

Pledge 2014 was attended by over 100 high net worth guests from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, including prominent personalities Madhur Mittal, Vipp Jaswal, Dr. Roshini Raj, Scarlett Pildes, Shikha & Mohit Bhatia, Anita & Ajay Agarwal, Maureen & Gerard Devas, Rishikant Singh, John Phillip and Rajeev Bhambri.

Paintings donated by famous Indian artists, Late Badri Narayan, Prakash Deshmukh, Anu Kulkarni, Dattatraya Thombare; cricket bat autographed by Sourav Ganguly, jewelry donated by Surat Diamonds and a Beatles album autographed by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, among other items were auctioned at the event by Priyanka Mathew, Head of Sales & Vice President of Contemporary South Asian Art at Sotheby’s.

Sunderlal appealed people to join CRY America as donors, volunteers and supporters and visit www.america.cry.org for more information.

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