Austin, TX: The Akshaya Patra Foundation held its Virtual Gala – Technology for Change on Saturday, July 25th, and raised $950,000 for feeding mid-day meals to school children in India. The Texas gala was hosted by the cities of Austin, Dallas and Houston. Close to 1,000 businesses, non-profits, government officials, philanthropic leaders, and fans from around the world attended and supported the organization’s dual mission of addressing childhood hunger and promoting education for underserved children in India.
The evening was eloquently led in a scintillating conversation with Narayana Murthy, Chairman Emeritus of Infosys by Siva Sivaram, President of Western Digital and recently appointed Chairman of Akshaya Patra Foundation USA.
Murthy touched on many aspects of giving, success, and individual responsibilities throughout the conversation. He stressed the importance of making a living by giving what you can and the sanctity of Indian values when it comes to helping others. As he addressed the Indian diaspora in the U.S. and across the globe, he gave sound advice on how important it is to integrate into the country one immigrates to by embracing its values, laws, and civic responsibilities. When asked about technology, Murthy explained how technology is a great liberalizer and creates extraordinary opportunities, something he himself has experienced firsthand.
Along with insightful conversations between the two technology pioneers including an active audience who had the opportunity to ask questions, the evening consisted of a talented musical offering by Smt. Bombay Jayashri Ramnath, one of the best-known Carnatic musicians today.
The tech-themed evening celebrated the volunteers, chapter teams from Austin, Dallas, and Houston who continue to work towards alleviating classroom hunger.Read More