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SAYA Celebrates Empowering NYC Youth With Gala, Raises Over $750,000

SAYA Celebrates Empowering NYC Youth With Gala, Raises Over $750,000

SAYA Celebrates Empowering NYC Youth With Gala, Raises Over $750,000

Photos: Priya Parker, Anand Giridharadas (Photograph By Kevin Czopek/BFA.com)

India-West News Desk

NEW YORK, NY –South Asian Youth Action (SAYA) celebrated its 28th anniversary with a gala on May 18, marking nearly three decades of connecting underserved New York City youth to opportunities and championing solutions that foster educational equity. The event, held at Tribeca 360° here, brought together 400 guests for an evening of philanthropy, inspiration, and celebration.

SAYA’s annual gala recognizes the contributions of community members who leverage their privilege and platforms toward positive societal change. This year, three outstanding individuals who embody these principles—Sonny Kalsi, co-CEO of Bentall GreenOak; author Priya Parker; and writer Anand Giridharadas—were honored.

Photo: Sonny Kalsi (Photograph By Kevin Czopek/BFA.com)

The highlight of the evening was the touching and powerful stories shared by SAYA youth, which showcased the organization’s profound impact on the lives of young people throughout New York City. These heartfelt testimonials underscored the importance of SAYA’s mission and inspired guests to contribute generously.

Thanks to the altruism of attendees and supporters, the gala raised over $750,000, which will directly benefit SAYA’s programs and initiatives aimed at empowering youth and fostering their academic, social, and personal development. “I am deeply grateful for the incredible dedication of everyone who joined us to celebrate SAYA’s legacy. The powerful stories shared by our youth highlight our history and the far-reaching impact of our programming,” said Sonia B. Sisodia, Executive Director of SAYA.

Photos: Nina Davuluri (Photograph By Kevin Czopek/BFA.com)

As SAYA enters its 29th year, the organization looks forward to building on its incredible impact. “The generosity of our supporters, along with the incredible $1 million gift from Mackenzie Scott SAYA received earlier this year, will advance SAYA’s important work in a profound and transformative way. Together we are creating a lasting impact in our communities,” said Samidh Guha, SAYA Board Chair.

Guests were treated to a captivating performance by the celebrated musician Ali Sethi, while the evening was nimbly hosted by actress and SAYA board member Sheetal Sheth.

Established in 1996, South Asian Youth Action is a youth development organization providing holistic, impactful, free, year-round programming to underserved New York City youth. For more information, visit www.saya.org.

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