NEW YORK – Earlier this month, The Desai Foundation hosted its second annual Diwali on the Hudson celebration at the beautiful riverfront Sunset Terrace at Chelsea Piers. The sold-out event was enjoyed by 250 guests with festive beats provided by DJ Rekha, and an unforgettable performance by ClassPass’ Payal Kadakia and the New York Times-acclaimed Sa Dance Company.
The event featured a live rangoli artist (Sejal Janani) and a mentalist (Nitin Ramlall) performing mindreading magic on delighted guests. Michelin-lauded DesiGalli catered delicious Indian bites, which was followed by a range of inventively-flavored kulfis (Indian ice cream) by The Kulfi Co. and traditional Indian sweets from Rajbhog Foods, Inc.
The open bar was fully-stocked by Wine Awesomeness, Absolut, and Brooklyn Brewery.
And our marquee sponsor for the night was Roche Bobois Paris – so that every dollar raised can go directly to the Desai Foundation work.
Guests heard from Megha Desai, Director of the Desai Foundation, who filled them in on the latest work from the Desai Foundation – especially with its programming in Gujarat.
The Desai Foundation is an organization dedicated to enriching local communities through health, education and culture. The Foundation focus on three regions that it knows well – it’s where they are from: Gujarat, India; Harlem, NY, and Metro-Boston in Massachusetts.
The Desai Foundation’s work ranges from vocational training for women, health and hygiene training and treatments, computer literacy, community development programming, a full primary school, a sanitary napkin development and access program, and much more.
The Desai Foundation has multiple goals both in India and the United States of America (US); it seeks to improve social and economic life in the villages of India, and to develop and implement educational programs to promote Indian culture and heritage in the United States. The overall mission of the Foundation is to help the community in which we live, as well as the one we came from, by promoting better health and education.