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Sankara Nethralaya raises over $32000 from Microsoft Give fundraising poker tournament

Atlanta, GA, November 2, 2022: Sankara Nethralaya USA is a not-for-profit charity organization providing ophthalmic (eye) care throughout India.  For the last 4 decades, SN has treated millions of indigent blind patients.

During the month of October, Microsoft organizes the Give campaign. In this month, Microsoft encourages its employees to contribute to various causes and supports thousands of non-profit organizations across the globe.  Microsoft matches 100% of the employees’ contribution and volunteer hours during this month to promote philanthropy across the organization.

Every year Sankara Nethralaya conducts one Poker Tournament with Microsoft Give program in October. This year, under the leadership of Board of Trustee Soma Jagadeesh, The Seattle team organized two poker tournaments. With Microsoft matching and volunteer hours, two events were organized on Oct.6th and Oct.13th.  Through these events, the organization raised $32500 which will sponsor 500 cataract surgeries for indigent blind patients.

President Bala Reddy Indurti, President Emeritus SV Acharya, and Vice President Moorthy Rekapalli thanked all the trustees and volunteers who are working selflessly to restore vision for indigent patients.

“Sankara Nethralaya USA wants to take this opportunity to thank Microsoft and all the individuals who came together to make this a great success. We have conducted the Give events on 2 different days during the month of October to contribute to the noble cause as per the feedback and response from previous years participants. This year 63 players participated and supported this cause,” Indurti told NRI Pulse.

The organizers thanked top donor Mike Sliger at the October 6th event.

Winners of the tournament are: Ram Sethuraman(1st), Praveena Manchikalapati(2nd) and Alexander Vorobev(3rd).

They also thanked top donor Mahendra Arvapalli at their October 13th event. 

Winners of the tournament are: Mahendra Arvapalli(1st), Praveen Vuppuluri(2nd) and Benjamin George(3rd).

“We have rewarded top donor and winners with encouraging electronic products for their contribution and support to noble causes. We will continue working towards the growth of volunteer organization by including more volunteers in the coming future with more programs to evangelize about Sankara Nethralaya activities,” Indurti said.

Following Sankara Nethralaya team members SV Acharya, Dr. Girish Rao, Bala Reddy Indurti, Moorthy Rekapalli, Upendra Rachupally, Shyam Appali, Narayan Reddy Indurthi, Neelima Gaddamanugu, Vamsi Krishna Eruvaram, and Microsoft Team members Soma Jagadeesh, Raghav Sankrantipati, Vinod Parna, Tippala Shankar Reddy, Vishwanadha Goli, Praveen Vuppuluri, Chaitanya Uppalapati, Venkat Medepalli, and Venkatraju Goriparthu  participated in a Meet’ n Greet virtual Zoom program. Please see the following links for more details.





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“Thanks are due to media partners manaTV, TVAsia, SakshiTV, TV5, US1, TeluguOne, ME World TV (Australian Channel) for promoting Sankara Nethralaya activities,” Indurti added.

Sankara Nethralaya is one of the 4 best ophthalmic institutions and one of the 100 best hospitals in the World per Newsweek. Sankara Nethralaya OM (Ophthalmic Mission) Trust is based in USA and has received the highest rating of four stars by charity navigator for maintaining the transparency for funds donated by donors and how they are utilized towards a noble cause.

Sankara Nethralaya USA team is planning to conduct a virtual fundraiser as part of their yearend campaign by Playback Singers Parthu Nemani and Harini Ivaturi on Dec 4th. Please visit website for more details.

Please extend your support for this noble cause of eradicating preventable blindness by contributing at

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