Foundation’s 12th edition of CEOs Sing for GF Kids hums of
~11corporate head honchos headline
the gala affair, rally for lives of critically ill children ~
The 12th edition of Genesis Foundation’s CEOs Sing for GF Kids was indeed an evening to celebrate, cherish
and reassert GF’s long-standing pledge to support critically ill
under-privileged children. The evening witnessed 11 business leaders crooning
for a common cause – to support and raise funds for 8 critically ill children.
In what turned out to be a fun-filled evening at Mumbai’s ITC Grand Central, the event witnessed a medley of voices and personalities embracing center-stage, leaving the audience spellbound!Ending this entertaining affair on a high note, a rather fun jam session brought members of the audience to the dance floor.
In this unique fundraiser, supported by Pernod-Ricard and
HDFC Realty, the participating CEOs demonstrated their singing talent with
their repertoires ranging from Elvis Presley to Kishore Kumar & Mukesh songs!
CEOs who took to the stage for this year’s CEOs Sing included:
YM Deosthalee, Chairman & Managing Director, L&T Finance Holdings
P Balaji, Dir. Regulatory & External Affairs, Vodafone
Ashwin Deo, CEO, Trinity Vintners
Geetu Verma, Executive Director Foods, Hindustan Unilever
Sanjay Tandon, CEO, Music Composers Association of India & Singers Association
Dinesh Mirchandani, President India, Boyden Global Executive Search
Hitesh Gajaria, Partner, KPMG
Mehmood Curmally, MD, Rhythm House
Pankajj Chaturvedi, Executive Director & CEO, Rich Graviss
Vinit Store, Chief Executive Officer, Quadron Business Park
V Vaidyanathan, Chairman and MD, Capital First
The audience was left mesmerised with renditions of Kishore
songs by P Balaji while
YM Deosthalee sang Mohd. Rafi and Manna Dey songs. Mehmood Curmally and Geetu Verma belted out
foot-tapping western numbers. Dinesh Mirchandaniand Hitesh Gajaria amongst
others had the audience dancing to their tunes!
Prema Sagar, Founding Trustee of Genesis Foundation said, “It
is deeply satisfying to see the CEOs and the audience enjoy an evening filled with laughter, music and excellent conversation, all for
a good cause. The success of the CEOs Sing for GF Kids initiative has always
depended upon the auspices of corporate heads, and they have delivered in
abundance. We look forward
to their continued
support for the
treatment of the children and giving life a chance.”
Speaking on the occasion, VikramGoel, CEO of HDFC Realty, said “HDFC Realty follows the ethos
and values of its parent HDFC Ltd. This sponsorship is a small step in that
direction. We truly appreciate the efforts of Genesis Foundation in supporting
the well-being of under privileged children.”
This is what the participants had to say:
Deosthalee, Chairman & Managing Director, L&T Finance Holdings:
Genesis Foundation is doing an awesome job. I have performed for the 3rd time
for GF and feel fully energized. In
fact, I am already looking forward to the next event with tremendous
enthusiasm. It's an excellent concept -
the event is full of fun, all of us who are not professional singers are re-discovering
our talent. Probably making a 2nd beginning in our lives and performing after
MD, Rhythm House:
It is such a
magical evening. Absolutely awesome. Friends and family are having an absolute
blast. Genesis Foundation’s purpose
makes it even better! There is no better
way to exhibit your love for anyone but through music. I've been with GF doing
this since 4 years. The energy is fantastic. I hope that GF prospers and
becomes bigger and better in what they do.
Pankajj Chaturvedi, Executive Director &
CEO, Rich Graviss:
It is an
honor to be able to do my bit for the society and Genesis Foundation’s event
has been an amazing medium for me to do so. The kind of work GF has done for
the children is commendable and exemplary. It is an ecstatic feeling to be a
part of the event that helps GF to improve the lives of critically ill children
and make a positive difference in their lives.
It's a personal highpoint to be here with Genesis Foundation and sing. It's a
privilege that I've been called upon for this performance.
The proceeds from the fundraiser events organised by Genesis
Foundation go into supporting the treatment of critically ill under privileged children.
Recently, 2-year-old Manoj Behere underwent surgery for
an intra-cardiac problem that he was born with. A farmer in Odisha, his father
Pitamber and his family barely survive on a meagre Rs 5000 a month. Treatment
costs for Manoj were prohibitive. With support from Genesis Foundation and the good
care he received at Mumbai’s Sion Hospital, Manoj’s surgery was a success. GF’s
mission is to ensure that children like Manoj receive appropriate medical attention.
Genesis Foundation (GF) provides financial support for
life-saving and life-changing medical intervention for critically ill
under-privileged children in areas of cancer, cardiac disorder, post organ
transplant medication, thalassemia and extreme deformities. Support from GF in
the said five critical illnesses, varies from specific medical intervention,
recovery and recuperation, to extended treatments like chemotherapy and
follow-up medicines post surgeries. We
Give Life a Chance.
So far, medical treatment of nearly 650 critically ill
children has been supported by Genesis Foundation. The children supported by
the Foundation belong to families with an income of less than Rs.10,000 per month and the parents are
unable to afford treatment of these children suffering from serious life
funds raised are dedicated towards treatment of critically ill children as all
overhead costs are borne by the trustees.
GF is registered under section 80-G of the Income Tax Act of 1961, which
entitles 50% tax exemption.
To know more, visit - www.genesis-foundation.net