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Sankara Nethralaya hosts first awareness and fundraising event in Salt Lake City

Sankara Nethralaya kicked off its mid-year campaign in Salt Lake City (SLC) with a musical concert. Playback singer Parthu Nemani and SLC professional singers Archana Thyagarajan, Krithiga Mohan, Sunil Gokarn and Harikumar Selvaraj enthralled the house full of audience with popular lite music and devotional songs in Telugu, Hindi, Kannada, and Tamil languages. Mr. Raju Pusapati, Board of Trustee for Salt Lake City promoted the mission and objectives of Sankara Nethralaya.

Mr. Pusapati said that this is the first awareness and fund-raising event in Salt Lake City for the prestigious Sankara Nethralaya organization. Thanks to Sankara Nethralaya Board of Trustees and EC for their unconditional support. Special thanks to President Bala Indurti garu for believing in me and providing all the guidance and support. Thanks to Sri Acharyaji for his blessings.”

Raju Pusapati thanked the sponsors: Rajavi Pradeep at Pryn homes, Gautam BG of Pratam homes, Jalpa Soni of Rajwadi Pointe, Ramu Lakkireddy of Ganesh Indian Cuisine and Community, Connections for Change (a local charity org), Utah Tamil Sangam and Desi Bells (a local music group).  Also, he thanked the volunteers (who helped with stage, sound and other logistics) Harikumar Selvaraj, Shreyas Hosekere, Giribabu Nagudala, Prakash Perla, Sandeep Tella, Praveen Vallabhapuram, Ranadheer Kolli, Sreedhar Duvvarapu and Bharati Pusapati.

“Thanks are due to a lot of donors including Dr. Girish Kalva, Lohita Perla, Pramoda Nallur, Sunita Yalamarthy, Vani Bhatla, Rama Nageswaran, Indra R.Neelameggham, James Kommu, Sandeep Tella, Sandhya Dodballapur, Anil Bandaru, Sridhar Kuraba, Venkat Kovelamudi, and Arun Devaru,” Mr. Pusapati said.

He added that the event was mesmerizing and entertaining from the feedback that was received from the audience. The snacks from Rajwadi Pointe were delicious. The quality and execution of the event were excellent although attendance was a little low because of various factors like Father’s Day, long weekend etc…

 Raju Pusapati extends his thanks for logistic support from Vice President Moorthy Rekapalli, support from Mr. Vamsy Krishna Iruvaram and Mr. Suresh Kumar for publicity, support from Mr. Thyagarajan and his Chennai Team for Flyer design.   

Overall, keeping in perspective that this is the first awareness event that was conducted in Salt Lake City for Sankara Nethralaya, it was successful in generating awareness and funds to provide for about 65 cataract surgeries.

It has been a very good example of a collaborative event with support from people across all regions of the Indian (Desi) community stepping up and being generous. The main factors that led to success are volunteers, sponsors, donors, and the quality of participants.

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