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Child rights organization holds annual galas around the U.S.

Special Guest Tanishaa Mukerji, center, with organizers of the Child Rights & You-America (CRY America) gala dinners held in Houston, New York and New Jersey through March. (Photo Courtesy: CRY America)

The non-profit organization, Child Rights & You America [CRY America], whose goal is to works towards ensuring underprivileged children their basic rights, hosted their annual gala dinners around the country, at Houston, TX, Long Island, N.Y., and New Jersey in March 2019 to bring people together for the cause of children’s rights.

The CRY Gala Dinners were held in Houston on March 3 at the Marriott Town Square, on March 7 at the Hilton Melville, in Long Island, N.Y., and on March 8 at the Crystal Plaza in Livingston, NJ.

Speakers included New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, Houston Consul General Anupam Ray and Special Guest Tanishaa Mukerji who joined Shefali Sunderlal, president of CRY America, to amplify the voices of underprivileged children, a press release from the organization said.

The 3 Gala’s were attended by 800 guests and raised more than $260,000, funds which will be directed towards grass roots projects working on critical children’s issues, organizers said. Apart from raising awareness for the cause, guests enjoyed the evening with dinner, cocktails, auctions, Bollywood entertainment, music and dancing, including performances by Rhythm India in Houston, Kanushree Jain in Long Island and the Satrangi School of Dance in New Jersey.

Auction items donated by famous Indian artists included paintings by Late Badri Narayan, Solanki, Prakash Deshmukh, Datta Thombare, Suresh Gulage, Sachin Sangare, Dinkar Jadhav, Anuradha Thakur; fashion ensembles donated by Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla, Anita Dongre; evening clutch bags donated by Sabyasachi; Jewelry donated by Sia Art Jewellery, Shillpa Purii; Cricket bats signed by Saurav Ganguly and Sehwag were popular and sold out quickly.

“Our Dinner Committees in each city played a key role in enabling sold out & successful events!” organizers said in the press release, thanking event sponsors, donors and volunteers.

Event sponsors included BCB Indus American Bank, Navika Capital, Software People Inc, Moghul Caterers, Farmers Insurance, Enigma Salon, Mint, AMRINJ, KW NJ Metro Group, Objectwin, Vantive Inc, Wisemen, Wells Fargo, Shipcom, Ailings, A&B Systems & KW Points North, as well as several media outlets.

Millions of children are denied their rights on a daily basis, says CRY America. “CRY America believes that “YOU” can empower children’s dreams and be ambassadors of change for children’s rights. Your support allows us to ensure that thousands of children are able to go to sleep educated, healthy and protected. With the support from over 25,000 donors & 2,000 volunteers, CRY America has transformed the lives of over 716,386 children across 3,755 villages and slums.” Sunderlal is quoted saying in the press release. She appealed for people to join CRY America as donors, volunteers and supporters. (For more information call 617-959-1273 or visit america.cry.org)

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