The 2022 Gala focused on economic empowerment and digital innovations to help street vendors jumpstart their businesses
The American India Foundation (AIF), a nonprofit American organization supporting development work in India, has raised a record-breaking $2.1 million at its Bay Area Gala on May 7 to help India’s unprivileged.
The 2022 gala held after two years due to Covid pandemic was a resounding success, AIF said thanking “our generous sponsors and donors for their support and trust in AIF’s work in India.”
This year, the Gala focused on the economic empowerment and digital innovations of AIF livelihood program, that help street vendors jumpstart their businesses, and provide women and persons with disabilities in rural areas, skilling and employment opportunities.
Covid-19 pandemic has adversely impacted livelihoods, especially for the poor, AIF noted.
AIF honored Jay Chaudhry, Chief Executive Officer, Chairman, and Founder of ZScaler for his philanthropic accomplishments and immense support in fulfilling AIF’s mission.
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Lata Krishnan and Ajay Shah were the presenting sponsors for the event marking the end of AIF’s 20th anniversary celebration. Sumir Chadha, Aishwarya and Shashin Shah and Ash Lilani were the gala benefactors. Christina and Deepak Kamra, Usha and Diaz Nesamoney and Riaz Taplin were the gala patrons.
Gala visionaries included Shital and Robert Chatwani, Naitry and Rick Marini, Tanvee and Sean Collins, Chhagan and Kantaben Patel, Shashi and DJ Deb, Dr. Nammy Patel, Godhwani family, Yamini and Kasthuri Rangan, Shailly and Tim Guleri, Rohan Shah, Anisha and Neeraj Gupta, Neha Singhal and Basant Kedia.
Swati and Vijay Advani, Anne-Marie and Joe Macrae, Louise and Max Armour, Vandana and Praful Shah, Dianne and Charlie Giancarlo, Aarifa and Riyad Shahjahan, Gretchen and Woody Levin Nidhi and Ajay Singh were among the gala champions.