HC4A Gala Helps Raise Funds For Scholarships For Austin Area Students
admin@qs3 | December 22, 2017
HC4A organized their 3rd Annual HC4A Gala on Nov 4, 2017. The main objective of this gala is to raise funds for vocational education while creating a great networking opportunity for local Austin businesses, community members and government officials. The HC4A Gala is gaining popularity as it has proved to be a great platform for showcasing artistry and emerging talents. The 2017 Gala was held at the Crowne Plaza Austin.
The organization has created an excellent model of bringing together the community in the spirit of giving while promoting its cause.
Gala was a grand success by many accounts – a fun packed evening geared towards fundraising for scholarships with almost 500 attendees enjoying entertainment & sumptuous dinner.
The main attraction of the evening was the “Dancing with the Stars” – a celebrity dance show presented by four of Austin’s renowned Bollywood dance schools (Monsoon Dance and More, ABCD Dance School, Abhinaya School of Performing Arts and Agni Dance).
The dance schools were paired with seven celebrities and accomplished individuals from local Austin community. The celebrities as well as the dance schools pledged to donate scholarships as part of the fundraising efforts to support vocational scholarships.
The Silent Auction was supported by local artists and businesses. SkyPass Travel Austin donated a cruise for two that was raffled and the other major highlights of the evening were – live singing and DJ. The banquet dinner & hospitality services for the evening were provided by Taj Palace Indian restaurant and Hotel Crown Plaza.
The Gala was attended by dignitaries, guests & HC4A beneficiaries. Amongst the chief guests & speakers were Mayor of Austin Steve Adler, US Congressman Lloyd Doggett and Indian Consulate official RC Sen from Houston. The most insightful presentation of the evening was rendered by one of HC4A scholarship recipients from Capital Idea, a HC4A beneficiary, as they shared their story and first-hand experience of how HC4A was instrumental in helping them get a head start in their vocational education.
The success of the gala can be much attributed to the tireless and selfless efforts of numerous volunteers, HC4A board members and the involvement of various Austin communities. The live fundraising segment by Seema Govil and Willie Abraham caught lot of attention and turned out to be very fruitful. The 2017 HC4A Gala raised over $70,000 which is earmarked for 2018 to support scholarships for economically disadvantaged students in Austin!!
Planning for the 2018 Gala is in the works already with the HC4A team looking forward to another great year. In the words of the current year’s scholarship recipients:
I greatly appreciate being selected for the Hindu Charities for America
Scholarship. This scholarship greatly impacts my ability to be able to afford to pay for not just tuition, but also for books and supplies that are needed to complete my program.
I am currently a senior in the Austin Community College Diagnostic Medical Imaging program and plan to complete this program next August Thank you again for the gift of this wonderful scholarship.
Hindu Charities For America (HC4A) was conceived with the purpose of providing a platform to those living the American Dream to give back so that those living in economic hardships can rise and achieve the same American Dream.
Founded in 2010 as a 501( c)(3) non-denominational charity, HC4A has helped economically disadvantaged students by donating school supplies and vocational training scholarships.
Mission of HC4A is to “Bridge Income Disparity Through Education” with the motto “Live Here, Give Here”.