Charity Gala Dinner for Empowerment of Children & Youth



"A small group of thoughtful people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has."

Inspired by this beautiful thought, Smile Foundation organised a one-of-its-kind charity dinner on June 3rd at Hyatt Regency Mumbai, in association with the Virat Kohli Foundation. Touted to have been the biggest charity event this year, the dinner brought together eminent cricketers, Bollywood artistes and many other renowned personalities including business leaders and opinion makers, for the empowerment of underprivileged children and youth. Virat’s colleague from the Indian Cricket Team including Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan, Yuvraj Singh, Ajinkay Rahane, KL Rahul were present to lend their support. This uber luxury-experiential evening had a five course Michelin starred dinner curated by Chef Vikas Khanna for 200 influencers which included the likes of Akash Ambani, Gautam Singhania, Nandita Mehtani, Archana Kochhar, Tara Sharma, Nikhil Chaturvedi, Mr. Digvijay Singh Kathiwada to name a few. The fund raiser also saw an auction of selective high-end luxury products and cricket memorabilia close to the heart of the star batsman and his cricketer friends. The amount raised will help support empowerment of underprivileged children and youth. The auction was conducted by Malcolm Todywalla from Todywalla Auctions. The evening witnessed mesmerizing performances from Armaan Malik, Neeti Mohan, Sandip Soparrkar, Nitish Bharti, Invincible (led by Shraey Khanna) and Nitisha Nanda who performed at the event. Ms. Divya Khosla Kumar was announced as the Goodwill Ambassador with Smile Foundation to support its Mission Education initiatives and encourage talents in the field of music amongst the less privileged. Our partners Hyatt Thrive, Soie, Cornerstone, Ravish Kapoor Innovative invitations, Business World, MSL Group, Khushi Ambient Media Solutions, Air France, Montegrappa, Tissot, Vertu and eminent artists like Anjolie Ela Menon, Seema Kohli, Suvigya Sharma and Babu Xavier too joined together in making the evening a grand success.

Virat Kohli – The Host

Virat Kohli who has taken up the cause as his own, has very graciously agreed to host the dinner. The star player of the Indian Cricket team and an idol for young people across the world, Virat will now rule the hearts of the less privileged children and youth of our country as he handholds them by joining hands with Smile Foundation.

Highlights

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Auction of High-end luxury products & experiences

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Exclusive Dinner curated by Michelin Starred Chef Vikas Khanna

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Spectacular Performances

The Cause

The sole purpose behind the initiative is to raise awareness and support for the cause of education and skill training for the thousands of less privileged children and youth in India. Children and youth are the future of the country and there is no better tool than education to empower them. This initiative is not just about fulfilling their basic needs, but making them able to take care of their own needs and giving them an opportunity to learn, equipping them to face challenges and preparing them to be tomorrow's leaders. Bringing their role models and popular youth icons to champion their cause on a platform like this is in itself a huge encouragement for these young minds.

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