Communities Work Together For A Worthy Cause
Compiled by Harish Kotecha
Homeless children in Manor and Austin ISDs will have the school supplies necessary to start their school year, thanks to the efforts by the Indian and Jewish community who early in the year raised funds with the first annual event – Bollywood Meets Borscht Belt!
All the funds were applied toward procurement of school supplies – the venue was donated by the Dell Jewish Community Campus, food was donated by Bombay Bistro, Royal India, Kadia Indian Kitchen, Inchin Bamboo Garden, Madras Pavilion, Curry in A Hurry, KP Grocers, Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, Sarovar Indian Cuisine, Chola Indian Restaurant, Teji’s, WhipIn, Curries by Design & Sweetness on The Side.
Live entertainment was provided without cost by: Anuratha Naimpalli, Yesh Rikud, Monsoom Dance, Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour, Naga Valli, Priya Patel, Sangeet Millenium and Srishti Dance.
Many volunteers, donors, sponsors and attendees made this event successful so that the homeless kids have the tools for their education.
Many other donated their time for this event: Sound Engineering: Dan Benkman, Videography: Shaival Teli, Photography: Ken Nordhauser and many others we failed to mention!
Eight pallets of supplies were procured and almost 200 volunteers worked together in August at Dell Jewish Community Campus to assemble the supplies and load them up in the trucks to be shipped to the schools.
We had individual volunteers and also volunteers from groups such as Austin Bunts Community (BANA), Marathi Mandal of Austin, Art of Living, YAD, SAIVA, NetIP, JCAA, Hindu Charities and many individuals!
Austin American Statesman, Fox 7 News and YNN reported this work.
Later in the week, our volunteers also attended the 13th Annual School Resource Fair to help distribute the supplies.