Money Raised Will Go to Help Attain the Organization’s Goal to Eliminate Curable Blindness in India
The Sankara Eye Foundation (SEF) held its 2nd annual Be The Light Gala at Cipriani 25 Broadway in Manhattan on October 7. The event raised $1.4 million, with the proceeds going to help the organization attain its goal to eliminate curable blindness in India.
Philanthropist and Gala Co-Chair Mohan Wanchoo set the stage for the evening with a speech underscoring the critical significance of SEF’s ongoing efforts to eliminate curable blindness in India. Murali Krishnamurthy, the gala’s co-chair, and the founder/executive chairman of SEF, USA, then took the stage to share an intimate anecdote about his recent experience undergoing eye surgery, expertly performed at one of SEF’s twelve hospitals in India. His decision to entrust his own vision to the skilled hands of SEF’s medical team emphasized not only his belief in the organization’s capabilities, but also his deep personal commitment to the cause.
Krishnamurthy went on to note the organization’s remarkable achievements thus far. He shared stories of lives being transformed, and showcased the tangible difference SEF has made. He then outlined SEF’s ambitious plans for the future: to provide one million free eye surgeries annually by 2030 and to eventually eliminate curable blindness in India entirely.
A keynote speech was given by Jay Chaudhry, the CEO, chairman and founder of Zscaler Inc. He recounted his transformative journey from his humble beginnings in India to becoming a successful figure in the corporate realm in the U.S.
The generosity of the attendees was palpable, echoing the sentiments of Chaudhry, whose $1 million donation set the tone for the evening. Additional contributions poured in, including $100,000 from Wanchoo, as other philanthropists pledged their support.
Entertainment was provided by 2010 Indian Idol finalist and 2011 X Factor India finalist, Geetesh Iyer, as well as Indian-American band The Incident!. Uniquely blending Indian sounds with diverse world music styles to create a fusion of classical and modern melodies, the band has shared stages with iconic artists like Indian Ocean and Shaan.