The Giving Back Foundation Newsletter

We wish all our friends and family a very Happy Halloween!

Welcome to the October 2016 edition of our Foundation news. As the heat of the summer has been dialing down, we have been warming up, participating in a handful of wonderful events in the spirit of Giving Back. Check out some of the exciting things that have been going on at the start of the new season.


On Saturday, September 17, 2016, SKN Foundation for Cancer and The Giving Back Foundation held its Annual Gala as a celebration of life and hope to ensure no one faces cancer alone. Featuring special guest Lisa Ray, actress, model, social activist, and cancer survivor; as well as a fashion show by international fashion designer to the stars, Joy Mitra. The evening will also spotlighted real people who are creating change in their community and walked the ramp in support of the cause including Meera Gandhi; NY1 and AVS host Joya Dass; actor Sonny Chatrath; and actor Deepti Nair.

Sonny Chatrath, Joya Dass, Roni Mazumdar, Meera Gandhi, Deepti Nair, Chiara D'Agostino

Meera Gandhi walks the runway in support of the fight against cancer

Meera Gandhi with fashion designer Joy Mitra


On Sunday, September 18, 2016, Meera Gandhi hosted a birthday tea for Cherie Blair CBE QC at her historic town house in the Upper East Side. Over 50 leaders from all over the globe were in attendance. The Honorable Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party of Australia and Sarina Russo, founder of The Sarina Russo Group gave birthday remarks to everyone's delight. Singer Amy Leon and her band made the evening special by engaging the guests in a sing along. The fun birthday festivities and everyone's positive energy made the evening a success.

Cherie Blair CBE QC, Meera Gandhi, The Honorable Julie Bishop

Amy Leon sings

The guests have fun singing and dancing


On Thursday, September 22, 2016, Meera Gandhi co-chaired Heroes of the Global Campaign To Prevent and Overcome Violent Extremism, a tribute ceremony to honor ten individuals and groups for their extraordinary contributions to the global campaign against violent extremism. The ceremony and dinner took place at the beautiful Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City with leaders and changemakers from all over the world in attendance.

The event was emceed by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and co-hosted by a group of six other women leaders, including Sara Bloomfield, Director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum; Irina Bokova, Director General of The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); Ambassador Esther Coopersmith, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador; Francine LeFrak of the Harvard Women’s Leadership Board; Deborah Lehr, Chairman and Co-founder of The Antiquities Coalition, and Catherine Reynolds, Founder and CEO of the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation.

Irina Bokova, Director-general of UNESCO,
President Plevneliev of Bulgaria, Meera Gandhi

Meera Gandhi

Meera Gandhi and honoree Abdihafid Yussef Abdi


On Tuesday, September 27th, China Institute held its 90th Anniversary Gala at Cipriani, co-chaired by Yue-Sai Kan and Sophia Sheng. The China Institute is the oldest bi-cultural non-profit organization in America to focus solely on China. It was a beautiful glittering evening with a surprise performance by a troupe of Peking Opera performers. It attracted 350 leaders and supporters from all over the world and raised almost $1 million for the organization. The three honorees were Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts; Richard Gelpond, CEO of IMAX Corporation; and fashion designer Guo Pei for their contribution to increasing understanding and cooperation between China and the United States.

Peking Opera performer

Patricia Hearst, Meera Gandhi, Eglee Karam

Gala Co-Chair Sophia Sheng, honoree Bob Chapek, honoree Guo Pei,
honoree Richard Gelfond, Gala Co-Chair Yue-Sai Kan, and
China Institute President James Heimowitz

Kamsen Lau, Meera Gandhi, Yue-Sai Kan, Carrie Chiang, Kamshim Lau, Susan Rose

After the gala, Kiran Gandhi and Meera Gandhi were in Williamsburg where Kiran was playing a show. Kiran now lives between Los Angeles and New York and has been busy touring and working on her music project, Madame Gandhi, and promoting women's rights through various events such as Our Bodies, Our Stories: A Feminist Storytelling Fundraiser that was held at The Bell House in Brooklyn on October 11th. The Giving Back Foundation congratulates Kiran on her ongoing success!

Kiran Gandhi, Meera Gandhi


Mrs. Nalini Menon, wife of Admiral Menon, was in New York and visited the Ledgewood Estate with her son, Ramesh, to experience the first beautiful sights of fall on the Hudson River.

Meera Gandhi, Mrs. Nalini Menon, Ramesh Menon


Beginning on September 17th, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, renowned yogi and guru, has been touring through North America launching his book, Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide To Joy. His book has already made it on the New York Times Bestseller List in multiple categories. He has also been packing out venues to "Meet, Mingle and Meditate with Sadhguru" across the country. Be sure to grab a copy of this amazing book!

"It's time to conquer the world with inclusiveness and generosity, not with wars or brutal power." -Sadhguru

Sadhguru's book talk in NYC drew in a packed audience as usual


Meera hosted a relaxed evening for Suhel Seth, a 2015 winner of the Giving Back Foundation award. Suhel is also a managing partner of Counselage India and the founder of Equus. They laughed the night away on the brick patio enjoying the nice weather while it lasted.

Madhu Grover, Kaveri, Suhel Seth, Pressy


Twitter  Follow us on Twitter
Facebook  Find us on Facebook

Please feel free to forward this newsletter to colleagues and friends.
You are receiving this email newsletter because you have contacted or are subscribed to The Giving Back Foundation.
Please add to your address book or contact list, and your list of safe contacts.

Visit The Giving Back Foundation Website.

The Giving Back Foundation Newsletter