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Akshaya Patra Foundation Raises $2.85 Million at ‘Philanthropy for Change’ Virtual Gala Event


(L-R TOP) Chef Sanjeev Kapoor & Musician Composer Shankar Mahadevan
(L-R BOTTOM) Chairman of Infosys Sudha Murthy & Ramamurthy Sivakumar

SAN FRANCISCO, CA- The Akshaya Patra Foundation raised $2.85 million at its Philanthropy for Change virtual gala held Aug. 29 and hosted by its western regional chapters in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, San Diego, Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Portland and Seattle The funds raised will provide COVID-19 relief to migrant workers, including cooked meals, ration boxes for families and Happiness Boxes containing 30 days’ worth of food, hygiene products, and education supplies to its mid-day meal beneficiaries, said a press release.

The Philanthropy of Change event had attendance from 1,000 technology professionals and businesses, non-profits, government officials, and philanthropic leaders worldwide, who support the organization’s dual mission of addressing childhood hunger and promoting education for underserved children in India.

Ramamurthy Sivakumar, co-founder of Pragya Ventures, hosted the evening and led the speakers through an inspiring and thoughtful discussion about giving back to vulnerable communities through organizations like Akshaya Patra.

Esteemed philanthropist and social worker Sudha Murthy provided a stimulating and authentic conversation about how sharing and giving back is impactful, no matter how big or small, the release noted. Long-time Akshaya Patra supporter chef Sanjeev Kapoor stated how he continues to learn and be inspired by the work and significant contributions Akshaya Patra has on children’s lives.

Throughout the event, famous musician and composer Shankar Mahadevan added to the conversation and performed several of his favorite songs that he composed from his blockbuster movies. Guests who attended the event commented on the excellent use of technology and how flawlessly the event was executed as an online fundraising gala, the release said.

Overall the evening was full of laughter, beautiful music, and inspiring conversations, celebrating the beneficiaries, volunteers, and chapter teams from the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Portland, Las Vegas, Seattle, Denver, Phoenix, and San Diego.

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