Bengaluru hosts Genesis Foundation’s gala fundraiser to save lives of 10 children


The 14th edition of Genesis Foundation’s fundraiser CEOs Sing for GF Kids,was held with musical relish in Bengaluru recently at ITC Gardenia. Fourteen (14) CEOs of India Inc. donned the mic of rock stars and sang for a cause – to Give Life a Chance!

The evening began with the world jazz and Indian fusion band MoonArra setting the tone with their Indian classical and jazz fusion performance. The benchmark for the evening was set high and the audience settled in for an evening of musical excellence.

One by one the CEOs came up to the stage and took the audience on a roller-coaster of music that went from the magic of English soul, the energy of rock to the nostalgia of Bollywood oldies and the thrill of latest hits from the Indipop charts.

“I have flown all the way from Delhi to Bengaluru to support Genesis Foundation in the outstanding work they are doing. Though my association doesn’t go back long, it is a cause, where there are so many kids in need of help and I will keep supporting year on year,” said Ajay Kaul, CEO, Jubilant Foods, one of the star singers of the evening.

Arati Rao, Founder, B-Flat, said, “I have been associated with Genesis Foundation for four years now, and I am proud to be a part of it. Today I am performing a classic, soft rock number. Genesis Foundation passionately helps critically ill children and their sincerity is infectious. I am extremely thrilled and excited to be part of this noble cause.”

Dr Thomas Chandy, CMD and Chief of Orthopaedics, Hosmat Hospitals, another long-time ally of the Foundation, said, “I have been part of this event for many years now. I have a passion for music. The reason I chose this event over others is that it combines three aspects that resonate with me—music, charity and the specific cause of the treatment of critically ill children. It is heartening to see that Genesis Foundation, irrespective of the cost of treatment, takes initiative.”

Speaking at the event, Prema Sagar, Founder Trustee, Genesis Foundation expressed her gratitude and delight, “Every time we have CEOs Sing for GF Kids here,there is always an energy inBengaluru that makes this evening take on almost magical proportions. The talent of the CEOs is amazing, and as always, we are grateful to them for taking the time out to sing for the cause of supporting the treatment of critically ill children. Their performances were really nice and it’s great to see them take their passion for music so seriously. The cause, the passion and the energy—all made for a very enjoyable and meaningful evening.”

In this unique fundraiser, supported by Pernod-Ricard, Britannia and The Himalaya Drug Company, the participating CEOs demonstrated their singing talent with their repertoires ranging from Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley, Beatles, The Eagles and Julio Iglesias to Kishore Kumar, Atif Aslam andBollywood oldies!

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