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VT Seva Detroit RAAS 2021

“Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” – Nelson Mandela

As the old quote from Nelson Mandela describes, it is human nature to be resilient in tough times. Although, the world saw the unimaginable effects of pandemic last year, there always was light at the end of the tunnel and rightly so, we all are being resilient to come out of it slowly but steadily.

The epitome of resilience is demonstrated by the visually challenged children of Nethra Vidyalaya & the underprivileged Tribal area school children every day by their persistence, perseverance & patience. They go through unimaginable situations in their lives, yet these gifted & talented kids come out of it with great success.

You could be the helping hands to make their lives a bit better with your generous donations.

In 2021, VT Seva Detroit has pledged to support the education of over 200 visually challenged and tribal students. We are committed to raising the appropriate funds for the 200 children by our Annual Fund Raiser program of RAAS 2021 which is scheduled for October 30th 2021 at 25335 W Nine Mile Road, Southfield, MI from 5:00 PM onwards. Be a part of this noble cause to bring smiles to the faces of over 1500 school children. You can make a big difference in their lives. Give the gift of education by sponsoring a child for just a $1.00 a day!!

Guests gracing the event :

HON. POPPY SIAS - HERNANDEZ, Executive Director, Global Michigan.

Hon. Poppy Sias-Hernandez, a brilliant Latino was born and grew up in Muskegon, West Michigan. She went to school in Muskegon, West Michigan, received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley and her master's degree from Western Michigan University.

Ms. Sias-Hernandez has served in the executive office since day one of the Governor Whitmer’s administration in two roles, first as the West Michigan Regional Director of Community Affairs and currently, as the Michigan State’s Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer. Recently Ms. Sias - Hernandez has been appointed as the Executive Director of Global Michigan by the Michigan Governor, Whitmer.

Ms. Sias-Hernandez has spent her life working on behalf of youth and families in West Michigan. She has tremendous knowledge of her childhood experiences that not only propelled her into careers advocating for equity and social justice who can speak the numerous languages of community but, which are informing her current position as the Executive Director of Global Michigan.

With deep roots in the region’s public health and public education spheres, she’s worked for Planned Parenthood of Michigan in Grand Rapids and the Muskegon County Health Department, as well as served as the assistant to the Superintendent and the Director of Special Projects for Muskegon Public Schools. As a “Master Trainer” in the National Adverse Childhood Experiences study, she has fought to improve public health outcomes here—and across the country. She’s led a nonprofit (Good for Youth), overseen a Muskegon County Farm-to-School initiative, advocated for state policy, and more. In new role working for the governor, Ms. Sias-Hernandez is advocating for Muskegon, championing equity & social justice throughout West Michigan.


Member of the Michigan State Senate, representing the 15th district.

In November 2018, residents of Michigan’ 15th Senate District elected Sen. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, to the state Senate, representing the cities of Northville, Novi, Orchard Lake, South Lyon, Walled Lake, and Wixom and the townships of Commerce, Lyon, Milford, Novi, West Bloomfield and White Lake.

Sen. Runestad is committed to looking out for the most vulnerable, fighting fraud and corruption in government, and defending western Oakland County families to the best of his abilities.

Sen. Runestad has been appointed by his colleagues to serve as the assistant majority caucus chair. He also serves as chairman of the Finance Committee. Prior to joining the Senate, Runestad served four years in the Michigan House of Representatives, representing the 44th District. There he led the efforts to reform child abuse and neglect investigations to better protect children, and passed a law to crack down on felons who took bribes while in government. As a foster parent himself, Sen. Runestad spearheaded legislation to require foster care quality standards statewide.

As the son of two educators, Runestad chose to pursue studies in the field of education. Runestad earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Central Michigan University with a concentration in history, economics and politics. Upon graduation, he spent time working with at-risk students in classrooms all across the state. For the last 15 years Jim has been operating his own insurance company, Runestad Financial Associates LLC.

Runestad was an active member of the North Oakland Board of Realtors Legislative Affairs and Grievance Committees, as well as having been involved with other various activities with the local Chamber of Commerce, including Meals on Wheels.

The Honorable Padma Kuppa,

Hon. Padma Kuppa is a member of the Michigan House of Representatives from the 41st House District, which encompasses the cities of Troy and Clawson. Kuppa is an Indian-American. She is the first Indian immigrant and Hindu in the Michigan Legislature. She is from Hyderabad, in Telangana State , India. She speaks very good Telugu. She has been named Assistant Whip in Michigan. Kuppa is currently President of the Troy Historical Society and a board member of the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion

Honorable Padma Kuppa is serving her second term representing Michigan’s 41st House District, which encompasses the cities of Troy and Clawson. The first Indian immigrant and Hindu in the state legislature, and a Michigander for more than 20 years, she is focused on serving the people of Troy and Clawson in the Michigan House of Representatives.

Throughout her life, Kuppa has sought to bring people together to solve problems both in the professional world and in the community.

Kuppa is a mechanical engineer and project manager with a career spanning the higher education, marketing, automotive, financial, and IT sectors. Kuppa has been a civic leader, volunteering with the PTA throughout her children’s K-12 education, founding the Troy-area Interfaith Group to bring people of all faiths together, and serving on Troy’s Planning Commission. She is currently President of the Troy Historical Society, a board member of the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, and on the Advisory Councils for South Asian American Voices for Impact and the Great Lakes Political Academy.

She brings her small business, nonprofit, and civic experience to the committees she currently serves on in the House: the Local Government and Municipal Finance Committee, the Tax Policy Committee, and the Rules and Competitiveness Committee. Beyond her committee work, Rep. Kuppa has introduced and co-sponsored legislation and resolutions advocating for election reforms, earned paid sick leave, ensuring health care for those with preexisting conditions, lowering the cost of prescription drugs, protecting Michigan’s water, promoting polluter accountability, and calling for the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act to support senior wellbeing. In her first term, Rep. Kuppa was appointed to the Prescription Drug Task Force and the MiSTEM Council. She continues to serve on the Council in her second term, encouraging a focus on STEAM in our public education, as it is a critical foundation for a strong economy.

VT Seva sincerely thank Hon. Sen. Jim, Hon. Kuppa and Hon. Poppy Sias-Hernandez for graciously accepting our invite.

All Proceeds to benefit Schools for Tribal, Visually challenged !



Event Sponsorship - 20 or More Student's Education

50 Tickets

Diamond Sponsorship - 15 or More Student's Education

30 Tickets

Gold Sponsorship - 10 or More Student's Education

20 Tickets

Silver Sponsorship - 5 or More Student's Education

10 Tickets

Bronze Sponsorship - 3 or More Student's Education

4 Tickets

Sponsorship for 1 or 2 Student's Education

2 Tickets

Please join us and support for this noble cause!!

Annual Cultural Event on October 30th , 2021.

Venue : 25335 W Nine Mile Rd, Southfield, MI 48033

at 5:00 PM


Fuel positive change with your donation – every contribution counts!

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