The Akshaya Patra Foundation USA held its first virtual gala of 2021, Partnerships for Happiness, featuring Dr. Deepak Chopra, Sonu Sood, and Milind Pant.
The online gala was highly successful, with over 750 families in attendance and over $1 million in donations collected. With COVID-19 cases on the rise in India, all funds raised will provide food relief to migrant workers, including cooked meals, ration boxes for families, and Happiness Kits containing 20 days worth of food, hygiene products, and educational supplies to Akshaya Patra’s mid-day meal beneficiaries.
The event kicked off with a presentation from Dr. Deepak Chopra speaking on the ‘Nature of Reality – Metahuman.’ Later in the program, astute business leader Milind Pant held a fireside chat with talented actor and humanitarian Sonu Sood. Sonu shared his life story and most recent humanitarian efforts to support those in India impacted by the pandemic. Throughout the event, attendees enjoyed terrific performances by singer and producer Abby V and the beautiful dancer Vinaini Jayasinghe.
Overall, the evening was full of remarkable conversations, lively entertainment, and inspirational moments celebrating Akshaya Patra’s beneficiaries, youth ambassadors, volunteers, and chapter teams. The Partnerships for Happiness virtual gala was hosted by the Atlanta, Boston, Buffalo, Grand Rapids, Maryland, Washington D.C., and Virginia chapters.