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Houston Gala 2018

Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 5:30 PM
Hilton Americas-Houston
1600 Lamar Street
Houston, TX 77010
Save the date for the 2018 Pratham Houston Gala. Gala Underwriters: Swatantra & Bimla Jain Co-Chairs: Arvind & Mai Melligeri Charlie & Angela Yalamanchili Guest of Honor: Waheeda Rehman, Pratham Ambassador & Renowned Bollywood Actress


Houston Doctor Runs Katy Half Marathon for Pratham

A renowned cardiologist with a busy practice he started 26 years ago, Dr. Randeep Suneja is an avid runner who has participated in many marathons in the Houston area as well as in his hometown of New Delhi.

When Suneja first joined the Pratham Houston board in 2016, he toyed with the idea of using his passion for running to raise money for the organization. But it wasn’t until a recent trip to New Delhi, where he visited Pratham programs, that...
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The Village Elementary School Reads to Promote Literacy in India

Thanks to some enterprising fourth graders at The Village Elementary School, this year’s Pratham USA Readathon took on a life of its own at the school.

With help from their teacher, Jessica Parker, the class, which has signed up for the challenge since fall 2016, formed a Pratham Readathon Committee and designed a school-wide contest so that every grade could participate.
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Annual Houston Gala Raises $1.4 Million to Fight Child Illiteracy in India

Close to 900 guests attended the annual Pratham Houston gala on April 1, which raised an incredible $1.4 million to fight child illiteracy in India. The sold-out event, held at Hilton Americas, was emceed by KTRK meteorologist Casey Curry and featured a series of unforgettable performances and speeches.

After moving renditions of the national anthems of India and the US performed by Apoorva Das and Pooja Vettical, attendees were treated to a high-energy Bollywood routine by Rice University’s Rasika Dance Group....
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Witnessing Pratham Programs Firsthand

During a recent trip to India with his family, Houston supporter Gaurav Dhume set aside time to visit Pratham. Below is an account of his site visit and impressions of Pratham’s work.

I recently had the opportunity to visit a Pratham educational site in India. While I have been volunteering at the annual gala in Houston for the past few years, this was my first experience witnessing the programs firsthand.
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Sold-Out Gala Brings Bollywood Fashion to Houston for India’s Children

On April 23, 2016, Pratham Houston held their annual fundraising gala—perhaps the most glamorous in Houston history—and raised an astounding $1,800,000 for Pratham’s programs, which educate India’s children and empower youth through vocational skills training.
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Leadership

President
Asha Dhume

Vice President
Dr. Randeep Suneja

Advisory Board
  • Avinash Ahuja
  • Kumar Bashyam
  • Hemant Goradia
  • Sapphira Goradia
  • Swatantra Jain
  • Shawn Karande
  • Shital Patel

Executive Board
  • Amit Bhandari
  • Shivaji Dasgupta
  • Meena Datt
  • Dhamo Dhamotharan
  • John Flatowicz
  • Dr. Marie Goradia
  • Prat Gupta
  • Manish Jain
  • Brij Kathuria
  • Dr. Sippi Khurana
  • Sri Lakshmanan
  • Sameera Kapasi Mahendru
  • Mai Melligeri
  • Annu Naik
  • Dr. Jayendra Patel
  • Dr. Bharat Pothuri
  • Anil Shah
  • Ash Shah
  • Mahesh Shah
  • Rasool Shaikh
  • Atman Shukla
  • Nameer Siddiqui
  • Jyothi Singh
  • Dr. Sapna Singh
  • Smita Singh
  • Paula Sutton
  • Dr Gauri Varadhachary
  • Celestine Vettical
  • Asheet Yagnik

Young Professionals Leads
  • Darel D’Souza
  • Hardik Shah

Stories

Sachin's Story: A Learning Experience

Yogi Patel: Crusader for India's Children