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VT Seva Boston Bone Marrow Registry drive for Mehul Patel
VT Seva Boston : Natyanjali event supports VT Seva causes, June 2nd, 2018
On June 2nd in Boston, we had a huge event dedicated to VT seva. Natyanjali is a bi-annual event of Sri Kuchipudi Natyalaya organized by Ms. Sailaja Tummala to promote "Dance for a Cause." This year is the 5th anniversary of Natyanjali. More than 160 students performed at the event attended by 650 people. All the money raised through sale of tickets, food and donations were contributed to VT Seva. Boston Prajna students did the opening Prarthana. VT seva team assisted in the food arrangements and service. VT Seva also setup a booth to raise awareness about the service activities of the organization. VT Seva was also provided and opportunity by event organizers to have a presentation in the middle of the event. VT Seva appreciates the support of Sri Kuchipudi Natyalaya. Sri Kuchipudi Natayala has decided to do this event every other year to continue the service. Mahesh Jemolla, Madhavi Donepudi, Raghuram Samudrala.
On May 6th 2018, VT Seva Boston team held their 1st ever badminton tournament. We had 13 adult teams participated. We played doubles and the games were very challenging, interesting and fun. The winners are Sandeep Bonthu and Sai Venkat Thatikonda both are MS students. The runners -up Pramod Kankanala and Sudhir Kanakanala gave a good rally for the winners. Mr. Mahesh Jemolla explained the wholistic development of students at VT Supported schools, Jeeyar Gurukulam and Nethravidyalaya. Thanks to Badminton coach Mr. Sunil Polineni for his support in running the tournament flawlessly and fairly.
While New England is still waiting for this years’ spring bloom, VT Seva Boston hosted its fifth annual cultural program ‘BLOOM 2018’ for Mahila Arogya Vikas in magnificent style. The evening started with VT Seva youth volunteer Akshitha Maqtedar singing both the American and Indian national anthems. Our wonderful MCs of the day, Akshitha Maqtedar and Savan Goli, welcomed the guests with their high energy, smile and providing highlights of VTSeva and its four pillars. New England Prajna students kicked off BLOOM reciting shlokas from Bhagavad Gita . April 21 st being Ramanuja’s 1001 birthday added a new dimension to the occasion as He is the one of the greatest social reformer who fought for Equality.
Artists from music and dance schools entertained the audience showcasing their talents.
Students from Chandrika Music Academy led by their guru Smt. Radhika Nagaraj Dixit
welcomed spring and new year with their beautiful voices and live instruments. Four
teams from Shaila School of Dance in their colorful costumes enthralled the audience to
the beats of Bollywood and folk medleys. Smt. Shaila Varma has been a supporter of
BLOOM since its inception and VT Seva is thankful for her continued support. “If a woman is healthy then the house will be safe and the society will flourish”, is the motive of VT Seva. Shalini Kashyap - Mrs India Massachusetts, Aakriti Raaj - Miss India Teen New England and Priya Bagade - Mrs India New Hampshire showed their support with a graceful performance of “Shakthi – The Woman Power”.
Smt. Sailaja Chowdhary and students of her dance school Sri Kuchipudi Natyalaya are
long-time supporters of all VT Seva activities. Young Natyalaya students gave their debut Kuchipudi performance to the popular Carnatic composition ‘Raghuvamsa Sudha’. Vasantha Brindavanam celebrating the arrival of Krishna to his abode in full Bloom, a Bollywood folk dance performance by a group of passionate dancers with the common goal of making a difference in Woman’s health. They brought Brindavan to BLOOM. Two teenagers, Amulya Jaldu and Anika Patchala, who wanted to be part of VT Seva’s noble cause and to make an impact provided an amazing mashup dance performance from to the tunes from Hollywood to Bollywood. Students of Sri Kuchipudi Natyalaya mesmerized audiences with their devotional dance tribute to the greatest social reformer Ramanuja on the occasion of his 1001 birthday to the songs of Ra:ganjali. In the spirit of Mahila Arogya Vikas, the guest speaker, Dr. Sneh Jaisingh, a Nutrition Specialist, shared valuable information on holistic approach to stress management and healthy living.
During the month of April, VTSeva Boston conducted Public Speaking competitions for
students from kindergarten to high school in Westborough and Lexington. The contestants focused on themes such as volunteering, healthy living, environmental protection and equality. Mr. Tiru Chaparala, Dr. Sujana Chaparala, Mr. Sasi Vallepalli and Mr. Krishna Kodeboyena presented the trophies to the winners and appreciated the children for their oracy, enthusiasm and creativity (skits, rap songs, posters). VT Seva is thankful to Mrs. Kanchan Thareja from NewYork Life for sponsoring the contests, trophies and medals for the event.
The number of people diagnosed with cancer has been increasing worldwide. Early screening and detection can help reduce the number of people who develop the disease.
For certain types of cancers, matching bone marrow transplant is a viable treatment.
However, for Asian Americans it is difficult to find donor matches for potentially life-
saving bone marrow transplants. VT Seva, partnered with Samar to conduct a bone
marrow drive at the event. VT Seva Boston director, Mr. Mahesh Jemolla presented information about VT Seva activities and encouraged guests to volunteer and donate to the various causes of VT Seva. VT Seva presented Gold Presidential service award to Savan Goli for his dedication and volunteering at VTSeva and other community organizations. Praveen Goli, treasurer for VT Seva Boston, expressed gratitude to the sponsors of the event - Minerva Indian Cuisine for the scrumptious dinner, beautiful decorations made possible by Amazing Balloon World and Aadhya Signature Events. He also thanked the dedicated volunteer group, led by Smt. Lakshmi Jemolla, who worked tirelessly for the success of the event. Mahila Arogya Vikas volunteers’ dedication and commitment is our inspiration. We have some generous donors of New England coming forward to sponsor camps in Indian towns and villages. Dancers, Sana Shaik and Varsha Poreddy led all the guests to an energetic Dandiya workshop. This got everyone moving and dancing through the night. Many in the
audience liked the idea and wanted it to be a regular program at future BLOOM events.
Everyone went home with memories of the beautiful BLOOM evening with a promise to
come back next year.
VT Seva Boston joined hands to serve local underprivileged community with hot vegetarian meals. They made Cheese Ravioli, Lentil soup and ice cream and served 100 homeless people.
VT Seva Boston Bone Marrow Drive at a local event in Boston
VT Seva Boston organized public speaking contest in west of Boston today. One more contest at a different location Lexington Community center VT Seva Boston getting ready for next month Bloom annual event.
VT Seva Boston "Remembering our Troops " packing event
Operation Care for Troops .
" Remembering our Troops " packing event was another great success. Total of 1407 packages were made and shipped.
From VT Seva Boston we donated 199 boxes of toothbrushes , tooth paste and floss , 25 boxes of Ramen Noodles and 150 Gratitude Cards . This effort was led by our youth volunteer Savan Goli involving the local community members. Core volunteers joined many other communities at the National Guard facility Friday evening to make this event a success.
Our sincere and heartfelt thanks to all the families for making this happen !
VT Seva Boston serves hot meals to homeless underprivileged , Dec 17th, 2017
VT Seva Boston prepared and served 95 hunger meals at Nashua Soup Kitchen. Great team effort.
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VT Seva Boston 7th Annual 5K Walk , Oct 15th, 2017
VTSeva Boston successfully completed their 7th Annual 5K Walk to Educate Visually challenged on October 15th 2017. The walk was organized to commemorate World Sight Day that falls on 2nd Thursday of October every year. The purpose of the walk is to spread awareness around blindness and Visual Impairment.
VT Seva supported School and College, NethraVidyala supports students with Visual disabilities by providing free education and boarding. The students are provided well-rounded education by providing opportunities in education, sports, Yoga, Art Classes such as dance, music, instrumental and empowering their education with the use of Laptops and JAWS Software. Students of Nethravidyalaya have 100% Pass rate and have excelled in many fields outside of coursework.
On Sunday October 15th 2017, around 100 supporters gathered to celebrate the achievements of Netravidyalaya students and to show support to the students.
Participants as young as 4yrs old to young at heart took strides to walk around beautiful Merrimack river surrounded by historical district of Lowell, MA and scenic fall foliage. The participants were impressed knowing the achievements of NetraVidyalaya students and have inquired more about the school. The VTSeva Boston leadership explained about the Summer Internship program and Presidential service awards.
At the end of the walk, Participants were able to have some baked goods donated by Panera Bread along with water.As one of the Boston lead, Smt. Radhika Goli reminded " Coming together is a beginning, Keeping together is a progress, Working towards common vision is a success".
Thankful to volunteers Mr. Rao Kandukuri, Mr. Mahesh Jemolla, Mr. Sree Kaki and many others who stepped in to help organize on the day of and pre-planning efforts. Thanks to all the participants who came out on beautiful sunday morning to support Nethravidyalaya students.
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April 8th ,2017 : VT Seva Boston BLOOM 2017
BLOOM 2017 was made successful by our dedicated artists and sponsor of New England.. The evening was started with Akshitha Maqtedar singing the American National Anthem and Indian National Anthem was joined by Shree Kagalkar and Sruthi Samudrala. Our beautiful MCs of the day Sana Shaik and Varsha Poreddy, with their constant smile, effortlessly welcomed all the guest and educated them about VTSeva. The event was kicked off by Din Check - New England's Hottest Bollywood Band and the group really kept the audience on their toes and dancing to some old classics and some new songs.
VT Seva is thankful for their time, talent and entertainment as they dedicated the evening to Mahila Arogya Vikas. Thank you Jolly Bhatia Sam Bhambhani Mike Em Grover Kamal Dasu Meenakshi Kulashreshta Anandini Sekhar Sam Rao Ajit Acharya for a melodious musical evening. The Audio was supported by DJ Jawed Wahid and team. The team worked throught the night with a smile and flawlessly. Followed by Din Check, we had presentations from students of Shaila School of Dance, students of Sri Kuchipudi Natyalaya, Manipuri dancer Ms. Krishnakali Dasgupta and Carnatic music by Mounica Guttalapalli & Ravi Nippani.
BLOOM is thankful to our local dance and music schools for their support for Mahila Arogya Vikas. On March 4th VTSeva Boston conducted a Public Speaking and presentation competitions for students from Kindergarten to High School. The winners of this competition presented at the BLOOM thus providing education to all on healthy living, environmental protection, equality and Cancer awareness. Mr. Subu Kota, Chairman at The Boston group and a Philanthropist graced the event. He spoke for a few minutes and appreciated the children for their enthusiasm and efforts in educating all regarding various topics.
Mr. Subu Kota gave away certificates and prizes to the winners. Congratulations to all participants and winners of this contest. Category I Winner: Advika Swamy spoke on Environmental Protection. Category II Winner: Manav Guttalapalli spoke on Equality Category III winner: Shrikar Jemolla, Mounica Guttalapalli, Rathika Nair, Rahul Nail presented on Colorectal Cancer and ended up with a Jingle. Dinner was sponsorted by Minerva Indian Cuisine, Udipi Restaurant and Kola family. Snacks were sponsored by Panera Bread, Jemolla family and Sompally family. Beautiful decorations were made possible by Aum-Tvashta Decors. Thank you Vasanthi Mallela Vemparala and team for making this BLOOM elegant and beautiful. Mahila Arogya Vikas volunteers dedication and commitment is our inspiration. We are blessed to have some generous donors of New England coming forward to sponsor camps in their villages or towns back home.
Bank of NY- Mellon Employees are our constant supporters by volunteering at BLOOM and any VT led events. In October the team led by Smt, Madhavi Latha raised funds for Mahila Arogya Vikas via Box for cause initiative, in loving memory of Smt. Anuradha Kancharla who lost her battle to cancer. Thank you BNY- Mellon and looking to work with your for years to come for furthering the cause of Health care. As our CEO HH Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji says "Serve all beings as service to GOD", our volunteers feel privileged to be part of such mission and blessed to have the opportunity. Thank you Swamiji.
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March 19th, 2017 : VT Seva Boston service at Nashua Soup Kitchen
VT Seva Boston volunteers served at Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter, Inc. Baked Ziti , Bread , Lentil soup , Cookies , milk and juice were served
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February 18th , 2017 : VT Seva Boston team packaging care packages at National Guard
"Serving is our Privilege" VT Seva Boston team volunteered in packaging care packages at National Guard
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November 13th,2016 : VT Seva Boston - Medical Camp in New Delhi to Build Stronger Communities
A Small step towards spreading the humanity to every corner of the world, a Giant step for VTSeva in collaboration with top scientific company Boston Scientific. With the collaborated support of VTSeva & Boston Scientific , Mahila Arogya Vikas (Vikasatarangini) organized Women Health care(Cervical&breast cancer screening) camp at Vasant kunj New Delhi, India. 15 Boston Scientific Employees volunteered at the Mahila Aarogya Vikas camp alongside Vikasa Tarangini Team to Educate and Screen Women for Cervical and Breast Cancer in the Vasant Kunj area. 110 Women were screened and 8 of the cases needed further follow-up.
November 11th, 2016 : VT Seva Boston Volunteering to pack "Care packages to US Troops"
Its that time of the year that brings everyone together for holidays. In the spirit of giving, VT Seva Boston Volunteers, gathered at National Guard Armory in Nashua today with a mission to pack care packages to US Troops stationed overseas courtesy Operation Care for Troops.
Volunteers put together Christmas Stockings filled with comfort items such as Hit cocoa, OatMeal , Ramen Noodles, Facial Tissues , Chap stick ,Gum , Dental Care kits , Energy Drink, Candy Bars and Thank you cards .
These items will be shipped to US Troops stationed overseas thanking them for their efforts letting them Know that they are appreciated and remembered at home .
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Aug 21st,2016 : VT Seva Boston served Hot Vegetarian Meals for Needy
VT Seva Boston Collaborates with IANH quarterly to cook and serve hot Vegetarian meals for around 120 homeless in Nashua, NH.
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June 19th, 2016 : VTSeva Boston 6th Annual walkathon
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April 2nd,2016: Bloom - 4th Annual Event
VTSeva Boston successfully completed their 4th annual event BLOOM on April 2nd 2016. The evening was started with Akshitha Maqtedar singing the American National Anthem and Indian National Anthem, followed by Prajna Students prayer for successful execution. This year we conducted competitions for Middle school and High School students in "Cancer Awareness Campaign" and it was well received. The children had to form group of 3 or more and present a campaign using non-electronic media props. They were judged on Content, Presentation, Creativity, Organization and Time management. We had 25 students from various grade levels participated in this competition. Each group presented a great theme and message to the community of general people and doctors alike. Our esteemed judges consisting of Foundations TV host, teacher, doctors and researcher gave a fair judgement. Best of all, each team of participants were given the judges comments and scope for better next presentation. This positive feedback helped the children go with new learnings. Parents and kids would like to participate in such competitions even more. This competition helped raise awareness among kids, parents and community. Mr.Badarinadh garu spoke about Mahila Arogya Vikas and dedication of Smt. Madhavi Ravindra garu and team as he was the witness of the camp he held working wtih VT team in India in his village of Thondangi. There were 14 cases of abnormalities identified in this camp of which couple went through surgery and few are waiting for follow up tests for further treatments. We had over 100 participants young and young at heart participate at VTSeva BLOOM thus sharing the compassion and HOPE for a better future.
Youth played a very important role in running the event by taking care of Entry registration, MCing, Running the snack stall and even the jewelery sales. Sreenidhi Ravipati made cup cakes, a 150 of them and donated the proceeds to the cause. Artists, Sandeep Kurapati[Paadutha Teeyaga fame], Venu Madhav Chalauvadi[Paadutha Teeyaga fame] and Darshana Menon[SaReGaMaPa winner 2008] entertained the audience and encouraged community to open their hearts and wallets for this great cause. Dinner for all guests was sponsored by Mayuri Indian Restaurant. Audio, Visual and Photography supported by Sraveo team. Many Many thanks to all the volunteers for their dedication and service to community via VTSeva. The Auditorium and hallway decoration for the event was led by Prajna Parents and students. Our sincere thanks to local dance schools for their continued support - Sri Kuchipudi Natyalaya, Tarangini Creations School of dance, Manipuri Dance academy, Shala school of dance, Nrityanjali School of dance, Mona Dance academy and their students for their beautiful performances. To summarize, I would like to conclude that BLOOM personified "Volunteering Together for Service". Many thanks to VTSeva Founder and CEO HH Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji for motivating all volunteers to Serve all beings as service to GOD. For More Photos click here
October 18th 2015: 5th Annual 5K Walk to Empower Visually Challenged
As the harsh New England temperatures(35 degrees) numbed joints and froze faces, over 40 dedicated walkers bundled up and braved to join VTSeva's 5th Annual Walk for the Visually Challenged. Ignoring the uncomfortable climate, many volunteers did what they could to help. Registration desk was ready by 9am, However, the walkers started to come in around 9:45am just in time to walk. The walk started at 10am. Beautiful fall foliage surrounded the path as the walkers did three laps around a set track.
Our Youngest volunteer just turned 1 and youngest walker who was 5yrs walked the last lap as parents felt she would slow down and so she had to ride the stroller for half the walk. While waiting for the others to join, Kids played some football to keep themselves warm while the core volunteeers took additional walks aroud the park.
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April 4th 2015 : VTSeva Boston BLOOM 2015
VTSeva Boston's BLOOM 2015, 3rd Annual Event, was conduted successfully on April 4th 2015 with over 115 participants ranging from 5yrs to Moms and over 300 attendees. As these participants came to show their care for women, the auditorium echoed with their love and compassion. Attendees left mesmerized with the performances by Students of Sri Kuchipudi Natyalaya, Chandika Youth Ensemble, Mona's Dance Academy, Shaila School of Dance, Upasana group, Boston Prajna Students, Miss India NE Pageant winners. BLOOM has been promoting Cancer awareness and screenings. This year our goal was to raise funds for "Mahila Aarogya Vikas" and coincidentally most participants and volunteers were also Women, Young and Young at heart.
Dr. Reena Bommasani presented the infomation on Cervical Cancer and why screening is important. She talked about VTseva's Vision on Health care. HH Chinna Jeeyar swamiji's message reverberated in everyone's heart. For more details about the event, please click here.
December 21st 2014 : VTSeva Boston Holiday Joy - Nashua Soup Kitchen Vegetarian Meals
Happy Holidays to one and all!! Kudos Smt. Radhika Goli for initiating this collaboration with IANH to serve.
Nashua Soup Kitchen is a non-profit organization was started in 1981. Goal of this soup kitchen is to help people eat healthier and nutritious meals. With Volunteers help, Soup Kitchen serves 25,000 - breakfast meals and 54,000 - dinner meals.
About 100 Clients who came for the service thoroughly enjoyed Baked Vegetable Ziti, lentil soup, garlic bread, Brownies, salad, milk, coffee and ice cream. It is officially first day of winter in New England and the weather was bit chilly all day. Hot meals were prepared and served with lots of love. The most important ingredient in making of the meal is â€œLOVEâ€.
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VTSeva Boston's Indian Cultural Night and Toy Drive
"A Smile from a child is packaged sunshine and rainbows". Tis the Season to be jolly and share the joy!!
VTSeva Volunteers in Boston organized a unique event with Dance, food and TOYS.
With Christmas just around the corner, keeping with the holiday spirit of believing and sharing, we asked all guests to bring in educational toys. Shikha V Bajpai led guests in some beautiful and graceful dance steps to popular bollywood songs with Jawed providing us with wonderful music all night.
Volunteers arrived at the hall around 3pm and soon after the youth volunteers stepped in the event setup process and welcoming guests. Kudos to Abhijith Samudrala, Arjun Samudrala, Sawan Goli, Akshitha Maqtedar, Akhil Maqtedar, Sreenidhi Thumati for being the helping hand. For more details about the event, please click here.
Halloween Candy Donations To Deployed US Military Troops
"We can do no great things, only small things with great love" â€“ Mother Teresa
Itâ€™s one of Americaâ€™s favorite holidays celebrated on the night of October 31. Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition.
Over the years, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. Children look forward to Halloween for dressing up and most importantly going Trick-or-treating, an activity in which they proceed from house to house in costumes, asking for treats such as candy with the question, "Trick or treat?"
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Annual 5K Walk for the Visually Disabled Students
"On the bright summer day of August 24th 2014, VTSeva Boston team volunteers gathered to setup and welcome participants of 5K Walk/Run to benefit the students of Netra Vidyalaya. Educate, Encourage and Empower was the motto for the day. Youth Volunteers arrived early to setup the area. One of the youth volunteer, Deepthi Kamma brought in the recycle bins to encourage participants to use them to dispose water bottles. Kudos to her thoughtfulness.
October 19th 2014 : VT Seva serves Vegetarian Meals at Nashua Soup Kitchen
The smiles never withered for a moment from the faces of volunteers right from the chop-chop time to the bye-bye time. It was a Fantastic Sunday. We are selfish as we sought happiness in Kindness, but we think this selfishness is just awesome feeling. The volunteers gathered at Nashua Soup kitchen to cook and serve over 150 Vegetarian meals. Clients who came for the service thoroughly enjoyed Vegetable lasagna, lentil soup, garlic bread, cookies, salad, milk, coffee and ice cream. It is fall season here in New England and the weather was bit chilly in the morning. Hot meals were prepared and served with lots of love.
The most important ingredient in making of the meal is "LOVE." We would like to thank IANH for giving this opportunity to serve along with them at the soup kitchen. For photos from the event, please click here.
August 24th 2014: 4th Annual 5K Walk for the Visually Disabled Students
On the bright summer day of August 24th 2014, VTSeva Boston team volunteers gathered to setup and welcome participants of 5K Walk/Run to benefit the students of Netra Vidyalaya. Educate, Encourage and Empower was the motto for the day. Youth Volunteers arrived early to setup the area. One of the youth volunteer, Deepthi Kamma brought in the recycle bins to encourage participants to use them to dispose water bottles. Kudos to her thoughtfulness.
Participants were from ages 5 to Ages 60+. Young and young at heart cheerfully walked the 5K distance enjoying the beautiful flat trails while cherishing the blessings. Together we walked about 500k during this walk and raised enough funds to educate 10 Visually disabled students for a year. For photos from the event, please click here.
April 5th 2014: Bloom - Proceeds to benefit Cancer Screenings
"Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again.â€ - Sarah Ban Breathnach.
BLOOM symbolizes that hope to bring communities together for an important cause each year. BLOOM is a platform for community to serve and flourish together. Remember, Spring is the time to BLOOM.
VT Seva New England team held its annual fun filled performance arts event, BLOOM, on Saturday April 5, 2014 to raise funds to promote cancer awareness and patient care for underserved in India.
The event opened with American national anthem sung by Sakhi Pola while Mounica Donepudi, Swetha Dhanireddy and Manoj sang the Indan National anthem. Our VT Seva youth volunteers: Sai Mrunali Dadigala, Praneeth Upplapati, Sam Kakullavarapu, Neha Majeti, Uday Chilakamarri and Anirudh Naidu acting as the MCs for the evening kicked off the program with â€œLetâ€™s get it Startedâ€ music. While the audience was enjoying the evening performances, the MCs used the time between programs to creatively introduce the vision of VT Seva and the significance of the activities undertaken. Dr. Swetha Dhanireddy and Mounica Donepudi provided a short introduction to Cancer and its demographics.
The audience was entertained to a wonderful mix of contemporary and classical song and dance performances - Kathak dance by students of Mona Mitra, Little Tikes to Purane Yaadein, Folk and Bollywood fusion by students of Shaila School of Dance, Jungle mein Mangal Bharatanatyam dance by students of Tarangini, Hindustani music by students of Raganjali school of Music and Telugu Folk dance by Narthakis. The audience glued to the chairs during the dance drama of Rabindranath Tagoreâ€™s Chandalika - an untouchable who emerges as a voice of the silenced and oppressed. The dance drama was recreated by Sri Kuchipudi Natayalaya students and choreographed by Sailaja Chaudhary. Students from O'Shea Chaplin Academy of Irish Dance captivated the guests with their love of Irish dance, culture and costumes.
Dr. Pratibha Shah educated the audience on how Ayurveda helps in cancer prevention and healing process while Shiv Mundkur's presentation on simple facts of life to live in the moment and meditation as a lifestyle exemplified by the experience of a cancer survivor was very educative and inspiring. April is National Donate Life Month and there are plenty of ways to support this very important cause. New England Organ Bank volunteer Al Steuer conveyed his personal life experience with organ donation and urged the audience to sign up as Organ donors.
As James Cash Penny quoted, â€œHow can we expect our children to know and experience the joy of giving unless we teach them that the greater pleasure in life lies in the art of giving rather than receiving.â€ VT Seva New England President Madhavi Donepudi presented the VT Seva youth volunteers â€“ Akshita Maqtedar, Savan Goli, Manoj Donepudi, Anirudh Naidu and Samantha Kakulavarapu with the US Presidential Volunteer Service awards for their contributions to the community.
The guests enjoyed the dinner and snacks that were sponsored by Mayuri Indian Restaurant, Hot Roti, Hot Breads and Panera Bread. Praveen Goli, VT Seva New England Treasurer thanked the corporate sponsors, dance schools and volunteers for their support to VT Seva and BLOOM.
The proceeds from the evening will be used to procure medical equipment for JIMS Hospital in Hyderabad, India. JIMS specializes in providing integrated medical services to help the needy using the techniques of Ayurveda, Homeopathy and modern medicine
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Saturday Sep 28, 2013: Boston volunteers organizes 3rd annual 5K walk
VT Seva supports Schools for Visually disabled under-served students in Andhra Pradesh. Students with Visual impairment are enrolled in the Elementary, Junior and Degree Colleges. These schools record 100% Pass rate and on graduating many were able to acquire employment in various government sector operations.
Inspired by our VT Seva CEO HH Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji and the accomplishments by the Netravidyalaya students, VT Seva Boston Team has commemorated the World Sight Day [2nd Thursday of October] by organizing its 3rd Annual 5K walkathon on September 28th 2013. The focus is to raise awareness for visual impairment and blindness worldwide and raise funds for Visually challenged students enrolled in Netravidyalaya in Andhra Pradesh.
Boston chapter VTSeva 3rd Rock Pavilion section of the park. In the early morning itself youth volunteer Manoj Donepudi along with other adult volunteers arrived at the park for Trail-marking with arrow sheets for the benefit of the walkers. Thanks to technology, they were able to measure and set marking the trail which is close to 5K in distance. In the meantime, other Youth Volunteer Sai Mrunalini, Akshitha Maqtedar, Raga Chilakamarri, Anirudh Naidu joined hands to setup the registration desk, snack table, Water table and displayed informational material related to VTSeva and Cancer awareness all along the pavilion. Large amount of Baked goods were donated by Panera Bread. Fruits and water were donated by VTSeva volunteers.
All the young walkers reached starting point in about an hour and start playing foot ball as others arrived at their own pace. Baked goods, Water Melon, other snack items and water were served to the walkers as they arrived back to the Pavilion after completing the walk. The youth volunteers helped in cleaning and winding up the camp area. It is certainly one another very successful program organized by VT Seva, Boston. Annual 5K walk was organized at Hopkinton State Park at the Split
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March 30th 2013: Dance for a cure
Dance for a Cure is an idea conceived by VT Seva Boston branch director Ms. Madhavi Donepudi in memory of Seshu MV Kandukuri, one of the early youth volunteers of VT Seva, who lost his physical battle to cancer at a very early age. The Dance for a Cure is a cultural program that emphasized all life is beautiful and it is in our hands to keep it that way. When this idea was shared with VT Seva CEO HH Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji, he replied ï¿½Let us try always with all our energies to identify good volunteers, motivate and involve them for making our society a better place free from such deadly diseases like Cancer.ï¿½
Contrary to a commonly held belief that Cancer cannot be prevented, American Cancer Society estimates that more than half of all cancer cases and deaths are potentially preventable. As the saying goes an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure, it all starts with increasing awareness. On Saturday, March 30th at Ashland High School, Madhavi kicked off the event by talking to the audience about the importance of increasing cancer awareness and paying tribute to Seshu Kandukuri. The event began with the singing of Indian national Anthem by Mrs. Hymavathi Hosur and US National Anthem by Sam Kakullavarapu and Sana Sheik. The emcees of the event, Ms. Mansee Sangini (reigning Miss India New England 2013) and Ms. Sam Kakullavarapu (Miss Teen New England Runnerup), peppered the audience with facts about cancer and busted some myths.
The event culminated at around 10 PM with participants completely gratified and promising to do this Once More. The testimonials below reveal how the community can rally behind a good cause.
'I was amazed to see so many different dances forms all at one time' .. Neha Majeti
'We get to see Indian classical dance at times. But, having Concept Artists was very different and unique' .. A guest
'Wow, VT Seva does so many activities and it has grown to be a force in the community in such a short time' .. A few guests
VT Seva team looks forward to continuing this friendship and its efforts to he help the community. VT Seva will be back with other events that will touch your hearts, mind and soul.
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Aug 26th 2012 : 5K Walk for the Visually Challenged
With the motivation from the Netra Vidyalaya students excellence in both academics and extracurricular activities, Boston team organized 2nd Annual 5K Walkathon on Aug 26th 2012 at Hopkinton State Park, MA to support the education of Visually challenged students. For pictures, please Click here
April 28th 2012 : Earth Day - Cold Weather did not deter our park cleanup activity
The VT Seva Boston team of volunteers gathered at Ashland's Stone Park area bright and early by 9AM. We quickly registered VT Seva, signed the waiver form for children, collected the T-Shirts given out by Town of Ashland, grabbed some gloves and few big trash bags. We also mentioned the streets that'll we'll be collecting litter from and headed out to the assigned street. The weather was a little cold in the morning. Some kids wore layers or doubled their gloves, but that did not interrupt what they were here to accomplish that fine day. Youth aging from 3yrs to 16yrs joined this effort of making our Earth a beautiful and safer place to live in for all beings by removing the litter. Youth volunteers were very enthusiastic in picking up the litter and showed a great concern. No Poison Ivy or the thorny bushes stopped them from picking up the trash.
We would like to call out each individual youth volunteers and thank them for all their effort. They are our future and we are very proud of them - Vikram, Dakshin, Abhijith, Arjun, Akshitha, Sravya, Laura, Sara, Siddhu, Manoj, Haasini, Laasya, Sindhu, Swati, Anika.
We would like to appreciate Sravya Chary for motivating her friends from school to join this effort and being a role model for all the younger VT Seva volunteers. Your efforts to spread the awareness about VT Seva at your school and neighborhood are commendable.
We would like to personally thank all the adults, Mr. Simhalu, Mr. Murali Maqtedar family, Mr. Raghuram Samudrala family, Mr.Suresh Donepudi family, Mr. Chandra Reddivari family, Ms. Elasri Ganni, Ms. Aruna Bayya, Ms.Harisha, Ms.Madhu Chary for making this happen.
Murali is taking a lead by signing up VT Seva team for Project Bread - Walk for Hunger on May 6th 2012. This is a 20 mile walk and many volunteers have signed up for this walk as well. This is his 2nd year in taking this initiative. All the funds generated would help feed the hungry in the Massachusetts area. Murali was our official photographer for this earth day event.
Thank you one and all for your continued support. For photos from the event, please click here.
Oct 19th 2011: Boston chapter organizes "5K Walk for the Blind"
Commemorating World Sight Day, an annual day of awareness to focus global attention on blindness, visual impairment and rehabilitation, the New England chapter of VTSeva hosted a 5K Walk for the Blind on October 8th, 2011 at Hopkinton State Park in Hopkinton, MA. Through this event, we increased awareness and raised funds for the visually challenged and blind.
VTSeva volunteers gathered bright and early around 7AM on a beautiful Saturday morning to set up the tents and tables for the participants, map the trails, gather refreshments and begin the registration process.
What a great way to kick off the first 5K Walk for the Blind!! Unusual for this time of the year, the weather was warm, sunny and bright ï¿½ shedding light on the volunteers and walkers in their collective efforts to help the visually challenged and blind envision the luminous future that life has in store for them.
HH Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji sowed the seed to care for the blind. Families from all over Massachusetts energetically participated in this noble endeavor. It was truly inspiring to see people, young children and adults alike, coming together to help others in need across the world. The turnout for the event was great with over 75 people present.
Needless to say, everyone had such a great time that no one wanted the day to end. All were most certainly looking forward to such events in the future.
Prajna students from the New England area helped spread the word in their schools and collected donations. The efforts of these children are truly commendable. Special thanks go to our sponsors, Panera Bread, Co., Shaw's Supermarket and Starbucks Coffee Co., for their valuable contributions of food and refreshments for the participants. Through generous donations from the participants, the walk raised over $3500. The enthusiasm and energy of the volunteers and participants not only made this event successful but also provided encouragement and motivation to the organizers to conduct such events in future.
For photos from the event, please click here
During your next visit to India, please make time to visit the schools run by VTSeva and witness for yourself all that these visually challenged children have been able to accomplish with the help of many volunteers and supporters around the globe.
Boston chapter organizes benefit show for Haiti Relief.
On March 6th 2010, VT Seva Boston organized a benefit show of the golden classic Indian movie 'Maya Bazaar' to raise funds for Haiti Earth Quake Relief. More than 250 viewers assembled at the theater to support the noble cause. Youngsters turned up in good numbers.
VT Seva volunteers educated the audience about the organization and it's various service activities around the world. The audience not only enjoyed the classical movie but also very much appreciated VT Seva's response to the disaster. Generous donors, who sighted the event as a good cause, pledged their support for it.
VT Seva Boston branch director, Ms. Padma Joginpalli and the team of dedicated volunteers organized the event in a short time and executed the event successfully. We would like to thank all the Boston VT Seva volunteers for their spirit of volunteerism and VT Seva Board for their guidance and support in a timely manner.
All the proceeds will be donated to UNICEF to aid the children affected by the Haiti Earthquake.
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