The event will offer prizes to children and adults for the best Halloween costumes. Come and enjoy great food and variety entertainments – including performances by Chili Beatz – a So-Cal based musical band, dances by talented troupes, a raffle with fabulous prizes. Tickets are $35/- per person (free for kids under 5yrs.) and $ 120 for a family of four.
All proceeds will go toward assisting financially challenged, bright college students in India. Bring all your friends and family and help us raise funds..
If you participated in last year’s fund-raiser, we thank you for your continued support. Last year, in spite of tough economic challenges, your patronage helped us raise over $20,000/- and provide scholarships to 39 needy students.
Some of our recipients have gone on to receive top academic honors, and job placements, thus saving entire families from financial hardship.
If you are not able to attend the banquet, consider donating to a worthy cause, or become a sponsor for the event. You can make credit card payments through our website by clicking on the ‘Donate’ button. One-time payment or monthly installments can also be set-up. We hope this makes it easy for future contributions.For more information or to RSVP, please contact us.
EducateAkid’s Halloween Banquet 2011 raises $17,000/-
Another feather in the cap of EducateAKid, as the scholarship program marked its 7th anniversary with a Halloween Fund Raiser Banquet held at the Rupee Room restaurant in Tustin, CA, on October 29, 2011. It was a night of haunted fun, enticing entertainment and scrumptious food. The horde of nearly 200 generous donors and guests, conjured up as ghostly and supernatural characters, and got into a party groove as soon as they arrived. It was all in support of a wickedly good cause and the money would go to students with a promising future.
The elegant evening featured talented musicians from Riffs-n-Ragaas, a breath-taking performance by ZOR from UC San Diego, a perky trio of Hawaiian dancers, an impressive semi-classical dance by students of Mrs Jagruthi Gandhi, a folk number by OHM youngsters, and a foot-tapping fusion dance by the students of Natya Thanmayi, choreographed by Kavitha Menon. The hosts, Priya Sivadas and Sunil Warrier, presented engaging games and quizes that kept the crowd entertained. A major hit of the evening was a raffle offering an iPAD2 (and similar prizes) that kept the guests guessing till the end. There were also costume contests for different age categories. Mrs Radhika Sreekumar and team set the ambience with mysterious decorations and lights. An added attraction was the opportunity to be professionally photographed by Jaan Photography, which was organized by Sreedevi Warrier.
The Chairman, Dr Ravi Raghavan, addressed the attendees and outlined the program’s mission and its history. Perhaps the most informative and emotive part of the entire evening was a presentation by Dr. Geetha Ashok, who updated everyone on the progress of the scholarship program – right from choosing eligible candidates to how their progress is tracked, and how the program has been successful in reaching out to needy aspirants. She also threw some light on the success stories of recipients’ achievements, and future aspirations of the program. It was heartwarming to learn that many of these students were nearly deprived of quality education for want of financial support, but are now finding jobs in reputed firms after completing their courses, thanks to funds raised by EducateAKid. It was very touching to read some of the testimonials written by these candidates themselves.
Bountiful sponsorships were contributed this year by HomeUnion Services, Mathew Thomas (REMAX Realtors), SAAB Travels, Prasad photography and others. The fact that the banquet drew nearly $17,000/- from event proceeds and pledges, was a major motivating factor for the organizers and the community. Notable donations came from Dr. Geetha & Ashok Krishnan (2500/-), Radhakrishnan & Shanti Sharma (1000/-), Abraham Mathew (1000/-) and Sajan Pillai (750/-). The event was a success, thanks to the team work and toil by several individuals,including those on the EducateAkid committee and OHM board. Representatives from other charitable and cultural organizations like Susan Daniel Memorial Cancer Fund, and Oruma also participated this year.