Dancing Stars and Scholarships: HC4A to host 4th Annual Gala
admin@qs3 | October 5, 2018
Compiled by Aashi Morales, Photos by Ashok’s Photography
Music, dancing, food, and fun—and all for a good cause—will fill the Crowne Plaza in Austin on October 20, 2018, when Hindu Charities for America hosts its 4th Annual Gala. In what is becoming a much-anticipated fall event, attendees at the gala will be treated to a sumptuous Indian meal and a cash bar, will have the opportunity to bid on silent auction items and participate in raffles by local sponsors, and will be entertained by the dancing of the gala’s “stars”—local business and community leaders who have trained for weeks with local dance instructors who have generously donated their time to get the stars ready for their performances. Speaking at the gala will be Dr. Richard Rhodes, President and CEO of Austin Community College and Austin Mayor Steve Adler will also be present.
This year’s dancing stars are Anita Dodia, Ashok Kumar, Jyoti Mistry, Nagavalli, Nupur Sharma, Sharmila Mehta, Smita Parikh, Vijay Mohan, and Malin Pathak. Their training is being overseen by stars of the local dance community: Shruti Anand of Monsoon Dance, Prakash Mohandas of Agni Dance, Mansi Muchhala of Sargam Dance School, and Varsha Jawadekar of NritryaVarsha Dance Academy.
Dancing star Smita Parikh, who danced kathak as a child, is loving the experience of dancing again. Although the dance style is different from her early training, she is “enjoying the journey.” Another HC4A dancing star, Nupar Sharma, Mrs. Bollywood Austin 2017, feels that the celebrity dancing opportunity fits right in with her platform, “Beauty with a Purpose.” “I love the marriage of community service and social purpose,” she explained.
Harish Kotecha, founder of HC4A, along with a committed HC4A Executive Board and Foundation Board and countless volunteers, began the gala four years ago to raise funds for vocational scholarships for local disadvantaged students. The event has grown exponentially and last year close to 500 guests attended, raising almost $70,000 for scholarships. This year, HC4A hopes to exceed that total and raise even more for scholarships. For more information about tickets, or to support this cause, visit www.hc4a.org/hc4agala or visit HC4A on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HinduCharities.