The sold-out event welcomed over 200 members of the Southern California yoga express gratitude to “Mother India” for the gift of yoga. “We are truly overjoyed by the tremendous turnout at this year’s event, and the incredible and positive comments from attendees, sponsors and event participants.”
A welcome cocktail reception with appetizer wraps donated by Kye’s, which allowed guests to mingle and bid on the various silent auction items was followed by a performance by the Odissi dancers and a delicious Indian fusion dinner for the evening prepared by super talented chef and YGB Ambassador Aparna Sherman of Organic Soup Kitchen of Santa Barbara. Desserts donated again this year by Copenhagen Pastry.
After dinner, the Namaste Award ceremony honoring Mallika Chopra took place, a short YGB FILM was presented, along with a live auction and raffle. Each event attendee received a generous gift bag from the event sponsors.
The Title Sponsor for the 2015 Malibu fundraiser was author Rina Tham, who has been supporting YGB’s Malibu Fundraiser since its inception. Rina wrote a book of inspiration for children worldwide, “Lucky Number 9: Journey of a Rubber Tapper’s Daughter,”and plans to donate this book to teen students of YGB programs in India.
This local Malibu fundraiser serves as the launch for YGB’s annual five-month, global fundraising campaign. From September 2015 through January 2016, more than 150 YGB events will take place in over 15 countries heightening awareness of the realities faced by the poor, especially women and children India.
Video by Gene Shibuya