CEO's sing their way into Gurgaon for Genesis Foundation fundraiser


Genesis Foundation brought together a line-up of 13 CEOs from the corporate world of Delhi and Mumbai on a common platform at Genesis Foundation’s CEOs Sing for GF Kids, held at the Crowne Plaza, Gurgaon, where they sang to save lives of 8 underprivileged critically ill children. Following a similar fundraiser held earlier this year in Mumbai, these CEOs demonstrated their singing talent with their repertoires ranging from Elvis Presley to Kishore Kumar songs, to raise funds in order to facilitate medical assistance to GF Kids.

The event, held in Gurgaon on Saturday, 19th July, 2014, was an evening of musical fun, where these CEOs performed to entertain a gathering of more than 200 guests, with their singing abilities.  Entry to this fundraiser was through donor passes and the funds raised from this event, will be utilised by Genesis Foundation to provide financial support for life-saving and life-changing medical intervention for 8 critically ill, under-privileged children.

The CEOs who took the time to participate were –

  • ·        Sanjay Kapoor, Chairman, Micromax Informatics Limited

  • ·        YM Deosthalee, Chairman & Managing Director,   L&T Finance Holdings

  • ·        Niren Chaudhary, MD, Indian Subcontinent, Yum! Restaurants International

  • ·        P Balaji, MD, Nokia India Sales Pvt Ltd

  • ·        Mehmood Curmally, MD, Rhythm House, Mumbai

  • ·        Vipin Raheja, CMD, Napino Auto and Electronics Ltd

  • ·        Raman Kapoor, MD, Superama India

  • ·        Ajay Kaul, CEO, Jubilant FoodWorks Ltd

  • ·        Shireesh Joshi, COO, Strategic Marketing Group, Godrej

  • ·        Dinesh Mirchandani, President India, Boyden Global Executive Search

  • ·        Geetu Verma, Executive Director Foods, Hindustan Unilever

  • ·        Sunil Sachdeva, Co-Founder, Medanta Medicity

  • ·        Dr Sudipto Pakrasi, Chairman, Div. of Ophthalmology, Medanta

The audience was left spell bound with renditions of Kishore songs by P Balaji, Vipin Raheja and Ajay Kaul.  Sanjay and YM Deosthalee sang Mohd. Rafi and Manna Dey songs!  Mehmood Curmally, Sudipto Pakrasi, Niren Chaudhary and Geetu belted out foot-tapping western numbers.

Prema Sagar, Founding Trustee of Genesis Foundation said, “An event is successful when people and performers come together in a magical way - this was truly one such evening when more than 200 people clapped and sang along with the CEOs, for a very meaningful purpose”  “We appreciate the commitment from these delightful CEOs – not just for taking the time but for lending their voice as well to support GF in facilitating treatment of under privileged and orphan children", she added.

On this occasion, Genesis Foundation did the first public screening in the National Capital Region, of a short film on the Foundation’s activities. The film, curated by noted film maker Ketan Mehta, show cases the work GF does with critically ill children, hospitals and fundraising events.  Ketan Mehta, who could not be present due to prior commitments, in his message said, “Health as they say is wealth and Genesis Foundation is indeed creating a true wealth – that is inclusive and not exclusive.  Great work!”

Deepa Sahi, well known actress and film producer, in her message said, “It is organisations like Genesis Foundation that restore my faith in humanity in these cynical times where money is considered the only purpose of life!  Thank you Prema and Jyoti Sagar and all the volunteers of Genesis Foundation, who are showing the world how to give, not just take."

In order to raise resources to facilitate medical assistance to GF Kids, GF has created unique participative fund-raising events involving music, art and food. Some of these events are: The Kasauli Rhythm & Blues Festival, JadhavGADH Music Festival, CEOs Sing for GF Kids, CEOs Cook for GF Kids, Musical Evenings, Art Shows, Theatre, etc. GF is also the beneficiary of CEOs Got Talent, produced by FremantleMedia.

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