Dear Friend,
10th April 2014 will always be a special day for all of us at the Swades Foundation. It was the day of our first fundraiser at the Palladium Hotel, Mumbai. It was the culmination of 4 months of hard work by over 150 friends and partners to whom we are so very grateful. The response we got on the night was simply overwhelming.
 
 
 
Ronnie, myself and the entire 500 strong Swades team are deeply grateful to Mr. Amitabh Bachchan for being our Guest of Honour. His deep involvement and inspiring words will stay with us always. His exquisite recitation of his father’s wonderful poetry mesmerized our guests. We cannot thank Jayaji enough for her unstinting support, Karan Johar for conducting the auctions and Vidya Balan for leading our pledges.

When we envisioned the evening we were very clear that we wanted to create an experience for our audience… an experience that would move them, inspire them and most importantly connect them to Rural India – the real India. We wanted to share the amazing achievements of our village communities to celebrate and honour them. The Swades Walk for Empowerment, a unique fashion show designed by the wonderful Vikram Phadnis, saw our friends from all walks of life come together hand-in-hand with the achievers from our Swades villages – our Swades Heroes. We are deeply thankful to all our friends who took time out of their busy schedules and walked the ramp for us.

We are delighted that we found so much support in our friends Kiran Rao & Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Princess Diya Kumari, Jaideep Mehrotra, Arzaan Khambatta, Sunil Padwal, Dior, Pucci, Sabyasachi, Vogue, Heeramaneck & Son, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Anamika Khanna, Manish Malhotra, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Suneet Varma, Tarun Tahliani who generously gave their time, talent and valuables to raise money for our cause.

We are deeply grateful to our partners Standard Chartered, Moët & Chandon, Fat Mu Make-Up Company, Golecha Jewels, Fratelli Wines, Fantasie Fine Chocolates, The Palladium Hotel, Red Box Productions, House of Rose by Forever Mark Diamonds for making this evening a grand success.

Most importantly, we are deeply humbled by the generous support given to us by all our guests and donors. 
Indeed, the night of 10th April 2014 was a validation that we are not alone in this journey, a reaffirmation that you are with us in our mission of transforming Rural India and lifting 1 million people out of poverty every five years.
 
With warmest regards
Zarina Screwvala
Founder & Managing Trustee
     
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