Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA, SE region held its annual
fundraiser at Berkmar High School on August 9, 2008. EVFUSA
is a non-profit organization which supports basic education
to children in the rural and tribal areas of India.
Currently it has more than 26,000 schools running all over
About 150 people attended the fundraiser event. The program
started with a Kathak Thumari by Samta Savla. She is a
student in Nritya Natya Kala Bharti Acedamy. This was
followed by a warm welcome from Rachna Gupta, MC, and C.M.
Aggarwal, Regional Vice President. Amitabh Sharma made a
passionate presentation about Ekal, and the urgency to
impart education to the forgotten children of India. He
urged the audience to get involved in the Ekal movement by
donating schools and volunteering for the organization.
The talented Pandya Family from Lexington, KY with Raj,
Smruti, Amit, and Eshna kept everyone glued to their seats
till 11.30 PM. They have given more than 750 concerts in
last 12 years all over USA. They started with a prayer,
followed by new Bollywood songs. The audience clapped their
hands with the fast numbers. At 10.00 PM there was a dinner
break, which was catered and served by Monika Kumar. People
enjoyed the Chhola Bhatura and the Samosas. The second half
was old nostalgic songs from the 60ís, which seemed to be
more popular with the audience. The songs included Kajrare
Kajrare and Ramaya Vasta Vaya.
Raj Kamal Foundation donated two $50.00 Cash Visa Cards for
raffling. The winning raffle tickets were picked at 11.30
In addition to several programs throughout the year, Ekal
has an annual fundraising program. The purpose is to raise
awareness about the need for rural development and raise
funds for Ekal Schools. Neelum Tariyal co-ordinated the
overall program, who was supported by many volunteers such
as Ajay Bhatt, Manhar Valand, Sudershan & Kusum Khurana,
Tilak Sikri, Sneha & Vasav Mehta, Sneh and Ravi Gupta,
Shobha Aggarwal, Sant Khanna, Manju & Malla Reddy, Sachin
Subhedar, Jairam Yerramilli, Dr. Krishan Gupta, Narendra
Mehta and Dr. Basant Tariyal.