Children's Hope India to Host Crystal Ball Fundraiser

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Children's Hope India Crystal Ball celebration will take place on October 7, 2007 at New York City hot spot Pier Sixty.

Children's Hope India has been dedicated to raising funds for children's causes for 15 years

A dazzling evening of riveting music, sumptuous Indian cuisine and world renowned special guests will make this year's Children's Hope India Crystal Ball unforgettable.

The October 7, 2007 charitable celebration at New York City hot spot Pier Sixty, will feature Pulitzer Prize Winner Jhumpa Lahiri, live music performances by Vishal Vaid and Karsh Kale, and revered actress Sarita Choudhury, who will emcee the affair.

Hot on the heels of last year's gala which attracted 700 people, this year's Crystal Ball, which marks 15 years of Children's Hope benefiting children, is ready for another smashing success, with an aim of raising $500,000.

Proceeds go towards health and education initiatives in Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Bangalore, Bhuj, Pune, Jabalpur and several villages in Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.

"Children's Hope India has been dedicated to raising funds for children's causes for 15 years," says Children's Hope Board Member Maya Rajani. "The Gala is our key fundraising initiative and we look forward to a wonderful turnout to support this deserving cause that is very close to our hearts."

Children's Hope will honor Raphael and Linda Benaroya, friends of India and philanthropists, with the Lotus Award for their outstanding support of children's causes. The Making a Difference Award will be presented to entrepreneur Benita Singh, co-founder of Mercado Global, who was named among 'The 15 People Who Make America Great' by Newsweek Magazine. Special guests include culinary chef and actress Madhur Jaffrey, as well as Consul General of India Hon. Neelam Deo.

Guests will be delighted to savor cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, bid on a host of luxury items during a silent auction, followed by a delectable Indian feast catered by Café Spice, and a night of dancing.

Past and present sponsors include Avenue, Patiwana Group, Andrew Sportswear and Plugg Jeans, Liz Claiborne, PepsiCo, UBS, HSBC, Sani Family Foundation, Nanwani Family, Telebrands, Nationwide, Air India and Bilimoria Wines.

About Children's Hope India:
Children's Hope India is a volunteer organization of Indian women professionals in New York dedicated to raising funds for children's causes since 1992. Children's Hope Prayas covers an entire slum - Kathputli Colony on the outskirts of Delhi - which has been transformed by CH initiatives such as informal education, nutritious meals, a health clinic, a computer center and vocational training for the children, adult workshops and self help groups to facilitate micro-credit and income generation for the parents.

Children's Hope also supports education in the United States by giving scholarships to qualified, needy students at Baruch College.

For more information, please visit http://www.childrenshopeindia.org or contact Dina Pahlajani at 516-625-0754 or 516-570-6294. Tax deductible donations can be sent to:
Children's Hope India
7 Edgemere Drive
Searingtown, NY 11507

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