Ladies Who Lunch for a Cause

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Don’t miss this year’s lunch on May 18! https://www.childrenshopeindia.org/…/2016-annual-spring-lu…/

Ginny Akhoury, Anjali Sharma, Ila Paliwal, Tinku Jain, Tania Ahuja and Usha Saxena

Ginny Akhoury, Anjali Sharma, Ila Paliwal, Tinku Jain, Tania Ahuja and Usha Saxena

The Lunch That Keeps on Giving!

Over 250 women turned up for a fabulous Spring Luncheon at Swan Club in Long Island organized by Children’s Hope India to support the children living in homeless shelters in New York City. A highlight of the 2015 spring luncheon is the Woman of Distinction Award, given to a woman who has managed to balance the challenges of the workplace, home and social responsibility.  (Last year’s honorees were cooking authority and actress Madhur Jaffrey and her daughter, actress Sakina Jaffrey.)

This year we honored Ila Paliwal who  is a classically trained vocalist, song writer and producer. Her album Navaratna was released by Maestro A.R. Rahman at her performance in Carnegie Hall. This year she is performing at Kennedy Center and also with Rahman during his North American tour. Ila is also into many philanthropic causes. She was introduced by Tinku Jain, Children’s Hope Advisory board member and presented the award by Sadhna Shanker, wife of the Consul General of India, Ambassador D. Mulay.

The Spring luncheon is organized by the CHI  benefit committee comprising of Babita Advani, Milan Devjani, Aarti Kamat, Moneesha Sani, and Madhulika Shroff. It is coordinated by Jharna Jaisinghani of Artistic Affairs, and DJ Sharad provided the fun music for this lively event.

It was  an afternoon of great food, fun cocktails, and an afternoon of  shopping with amazing vendors who are supporting Children’s Hope.  Indeed it is a celebration of enterprising women who are achieving so much!

 

Here is a sneak peek!

 

Maya Rajani, Dina Pahlajani, Sadhna Shanker, Lavina Melwani and Kavita Gugnani

Children’s Hope India board members Maya Rajani, Dina Pahlajani, Lavina Melwani and Kavita Gugnani with Sadhna Shanker,  wife of Consul General D. Mulay,  in the center.

 

Ila Paliwal with the Luncheon Benefit Committee

Ila Paliwal with the Luncheon Benefit Committee

Guests at the Spring luncheon

Guests at the Spring luncheon

Monica Lund, Rohini Singh, and Puja Pahlajani

Monica Lund, Rohini Singh, Namrata Bajaj and Puja Pahlajani

Ila Paliwal with Aashish and Shreya Paliwal, and David, Grace, Sean and Lauren Carpenter.

Ila Paliwal with Aashish and Shriya Paliwal, and David, Grace, Sean and Lauren Carpenter.

Tinku Jain and Tania Ahuja

Children’s Hope Advisory Board member Tinku Jain with Tania Ahuja

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Lavina Melwani is a New York-based journalist who writes for several international publications. [email protected] & @lassiwithlavina Sign up for the free newsletter to get your dose of Lassi!

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