Bollywood Star Neelam Kothari Soni To Headline CRY America Benefit Galas
India-West Staff Reporter
SAN DIEGO, CA – For three bingeable seasons of Netflix’ “The Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives,” Neelam Kothari Soni has brought her big-screen fame from Mumbai to streaming devices worldwide.
The veteran actress and fine-jewelry magnate are set to share some of that “24-karat” Bollywood elegance with fans in the US this spring as the featured celebrity guest at CRY America’s 2023 gala series, according to a CRY press release.
Themed “YOU Put the ‘Y’ in CRY,” the galas will honor CRY America’s donors, volunteers, media partners, and supporters. An April 28 virtual event in Seattle will kick off the series, followed by fundraisers in San Diego (May 12), the San Francisco Bay Area (May 13), New York City (May 19), and Houston (May 21).
City-by-city details and online registration can be found at https://www.cryamerica.org/our-events/cry-galas-2023/
Child Rights and You (CRY) America is a US nonprofit that supports projects in India and the US that ensure access to education and healthcare for underprivileged children, as well as protection from child labor, early marriage and trafficking.
Since 2004, with the support of over 25,000 donors and over 2,000 volunteers, CRY America has impacted the lives of 752,172 children living across 4,027 villages and slums through support to 90 projects in India and the US.
After starring in hit films of the 1980s and ‘90s such as “Love 86,” “Khudgarz” and “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai,” Neelam launched a second career as a jewelry designer with her own world-class brand Neelam Jewels.
She’s returned to acting in recent years, with roles in Amazon’s “Made in Heaven” and “Bollywood Wives,” which has sparked a resurgence in her popularity.
“I am honored and privileged to be associated with CRY,” said Neelam. “Over the years I have heard of the good work they do, especially when it comes to ensuring that children can complete their education. Education is something which is every child’s right. It ensures a brighter future not only for the child, but also for our country and our world.”
Last year’s CRY Gala series set a fundraising record for the organization at $1 million. CRY America CEO Shefali Sunderlal expressed her gratitude to CRY’s generous donors for their ongoing commitment to the cause.
“We are so grateful to have donors, volunteers, sponsors, and media partners that embody the YOU in CRY, all of whom are absolutely essential to our continuing work for underprivileged children,” she said in a statement.
“We are also fortunate to have the support of celebrities like Neelam, who add value to our events and amplify the voices and rights of children.”