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NetIP North America Launches Charity is Colorblind 2012

It started with one idea, two hospitals and a group of individuals within NetIP Chicago who sought to make an impact in the Chicago community in 2010.  That very idea unfolded into the largest charitable fundraising campaign in NetIP history, Cancer is Colorblind (CiC), raising over $100,000 in the fight against cancer.  

Due to CiC’s overwhelming success, NetIP North America launched Charity is Colorblind throughout its 23 chapters in 2011.

Charity is Colorblind (CiC) is NetIP North America’s initiative to raise funds for charitable causes worldwide.  The CiC initiative seeks to empower all our chapters for grass roots level fundraising.  This initiative has the power to bring chapters together and create a movement to make a tremendous impact on those in need on both a local and global level.  This year, CiC has an Education focus as education is a vital component that should be available to every human being.

CiC has taken off this year because it is contagious.  It’s contagious because not only is charitable giving an emotional giving, it is also one that keeps on giving back.  That’s exactly why chapters are adopting CiC as part of their focused 2012 initiatives….because chapters want to make an impact in their community.  

This year, many chapters are planning large scale CiC campaigns (many with an education focus), which support a diversity of beneficiaries across the globe including UNICEF, Chicago Public Schools (CPS),  Bal Daan, Teach for America, Nanubhai Education Foundation, and much more.  Due to overwhelming chapter support, our 2012 CiC goal is to raise over $250,000 across all 23 chapters benefiting causes and charities all around the globe.  Many chapters including NetIP NY, NetIP Chicago, NetIP Atlanta, and NetIP SFBA are getting ready for their CiC launch events planned in Q1 and Q2.

Please visit your local chapter’s website to learn more about your chapters specific 2012 CiC campaign initiatives and how you can contribute to the cause!

 

NetIP Pittsburgh: Year in Review 2010

I would thank you from the bottom of my heart, but for you my heart has no bottom.” – Author Unknown


Dear NetIPians,

With 32 events sponsored, 8 more supported/co-sponsored and more than a $100 in member savings, if we were to say that 2010 has been an eventful year at NetIP Pittsburgh, it would be an understatement. More important are the friendships that were forged and the relationships that were built over the dinner tables, the service that was rendered at our community events, the experiences that were shared at the Pranayam in Schenley Park and at the Townhall meeting with Senator Specter.

If there is one person, that deserves a big thanks for an exciting 2010, its YOU.

The Executive Committee of NetIP Pittsburgh 2010 thanks you for the support that you extended to us through out the year. Its your presence and the encouraging words at our events that kept us going through the year.

As 2011 comes tapping, a new board is all set to take over the reins of NetIP Pittsburgh. Under the leadership of Adarsh Menon, the incoming President, 2011 promises to be a more exicting year. Adarsh will be announcing his new board in the next day or two. Pleas join us in wishing the new board the best. Lets welcome them and extend our support to them in 2011.

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Very Happy 2011.

Regards,
Ketaki Desai, Preetham Gowda, Sahil Harlalka, Mangala Murthy, Ishi Ghosh, Prachi Asher, Rupa Ramaswamy, Kira Patel, Morgan Austin, Siddharth Gujral, Girish Chavan, Pradeep Modi

NetIP Pittsburgh Raises $1000 for Haiti Earthquake Relief

By Rupa Ramaswamy, Community Chair, Network of Indian Professionals Pittsburgh

An earthquake, never felt before

A Tuesday afternoon, 12th January 2010, with people all over the world still living in their memories about their New Year events and celebrations, an earthquake hit our planet, in the Caribbean city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. This natural calamity was worst of its kind in 200 years with 7.0 magnitude followed by twelve aftershocks greater than magnitude 5.0. Aaaahhhhhh!!!! This is how I responded when I first heard about this. The consequences of this earthquake were unimaginable to me. I quickly started browsing through different sites to get more information about this devastation. It was really sad to read about the aftermath of this incident. The photos made me feel even worse. Soon I learnt that the entire city, the capital of this tiny little country is totally destroyed leaving behind the survivors who are both physically and mentally wounded!!!!

Time to Act

The weekend following the earthquake, a Sunday afternoon, I was flipping through channels and listening to Haiti news. Suddenly I felt a need to do something to help these victims. So I immediately sent out an email to Network of Indian Professionals Pittsburgh board members asking for their opinion. Within few hours our team actively responded to the email and we decided to talk about this in the meeting, which was luckily scheduled the same evening. During the meeting, most of the members came up with great ideas. We all knew we had to act fast and decided to organize a fundraiser event at a local club ‘Firehouse Lounge’ and collect minimal cover charge from all the customers who visited that place. When we approached the club owner, he agreed to this but only on one condition, that being collection of cover charge only till midnight. The team definitely was concerned with this condition, as we didn’t know how much money we could raise. We did not have any $$$$ amount in our mind, but we wanted something substantial. Finally we decided to organize the Haiti Fund raiser event on following Friday evening at Firehouse Lounge.

(L to R) NetIP Pittsburgh Board Members: Pradeep Modi - Social & Co-Cultural Chair, Preetham Gowda - Co-President, Ketaki Desai - Co-President, Rupa Ramaswamy - Community Chair

(L to R) NetIP Pittsburgh Board Members: Pradeep Modi - Social & Co-Cultural Chair, Preetham Gowda - Co-President, Ketaki Desai - Co-President, Rupa Ramaswamy - Community Chair

The Event Day

Friday, 29th January 2010, members of NetIP Pittsburgh, met in the evening and headed together to the club. Two of our team members had also made posters for this event, which were displayed at the entrance of the club. It was 9:30pm and we were all set and ready to start the event. We were definitely concerned in the beginning as we had only few people entering the lounge between 9:30 and 10pm. As the clock ticked, we had more and more coming in and our cashbox started filling up. Within no time, we had a long queue at the entrance. This lounge happens to be a very popular place and they did expect a good number to show up especially on a Friday night. Also fortunately, that evening the lounge had special DJ who volunteered to help us by repeatedly announcing about our fundraiser. A few customers at the lounge were really thrilled by this event and generously gave more than the cover charge. Since we had a deal with the owner to collect the charge only till midnight, everyone in the team was looking at his or her watch, as the minute hand seemed to tick faster than usual. Even before we realized, it was midnight and we were asked to stop the collection.

Everyone in the team was curious about the outcome of the event and patiently waited to hear the final amount. Within no time, one of our team members came out with the total. Yes, NetIP Pittsburgh had raised $1000 in two hours!!!!! It was an Ah Ha! moment to the entire team.

Thanks to Firehouse Lounge and all the wonderful people who helped NetIP Pittsburgh in its efforts to help Haiti victims.

Editor’s Note: Proceeds from this event where donated to the Grameen Foundations’s Haiti Relief Fund. NetIP North America has pledged to support the initiatives of the The Grameen Foundation in 2010.

Edited by Latha Nehru, VP of External Affairs, NetIP NA

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NetIP Pittsburgh & NetIP Dallas, Winners of April’s “Event of the Month”

The competition was so fierce for April’s Event of the Month award, that NetIP North America awarded the prestigious title to two events!  NetIP Pittsburgh’s Fundraiser for Mumbai Attack Victims and NetIP Dallas’s Scotch Tasting Fundraiser for Baal Dan.

On April 4th, 2009, NetIP Pittsburgh co-sponsored the “South Asians Against Terrorism” event, a fundraiser for the victims of the November Mumbai attack.  The event was held at the University of Pittsburgh – David Lawrence Hall.  NetIP Pittsburgh partnered with various Asian community groups  such as Silk Screen, Amnesty International, Ankur: Indian Graduate Students Association, NAAP: The National Association of Asian American Professionals, CAIR Pennsylvania, and the Allegheny County Bar Association.

About 215 supporters attended the fundraiser, which brought in nearly $2,500 in donations.  NetIP Pittsburgh presented a very diverse program with the proceeds going to the American India Foundation to benefit charities working in Mumbai.  The event had an exciting line-up of Indian, African, Brazliian, and Chinese, belly dancers, and much more!

 

On April 24th, 2009, NetIP Dallas held a Scotch tasting fundraiser for Baal Dan at Red India Bistro.  “Baal” means “Child”, “Dan” means “Donation”. Baal Dan works with schools, orphanages, NGO’s and projects to help impoverished children as directly and efficiently as possible, while investing in ways to provide these children with an education.

 

The Scotch tasting event, led by a connoisseur of scotch, was an informative and fun way to raise funds for this charitable organization.  Many of the 23 attendees not only donated to Baal Dan, but also became volunteers.  The event was successful in raising a substantial amount of donations.

 

NetIP Dallas will match online contributions to Baal Dan and will also donate $5 for every new membership through May 21st, 2009.  For more information, please visit www.NetIP-Dallas.org.


NetIP Pittsburgh holds Fundraiser for Mumbai Attack Victims

On April 4th, 2009, NetIP Pittsburgh co-sponsored the “South Asians Against Terrorism” event, a fundraiser for the victims of the November Mumbai attack.  The event was held at the University of Pittsburgh – David Lawrence Hall.  NetIP Pittsburgh partnered with various Asian community groups  such as Silk Screen, Amnesty International, Ankur: Indian Graduate Students Association, NAAP: The National Association of Asian American Professionals, CAIR Pennsylvania, and the Allegheny County Bar Association.

 

About 215 supporters attended the fundraiser, which brought in nearly $2,500 in donations.  NetIP Pittsburgh presented a very diverse program with the proceeds going to the American India Foundation to benefit charities working in Mumbai.  The event had an exciting line-up of Indian, African, Brazliian, and Chinese, belly dancers, and much more!

To see this event listed in  the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, please visit http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09090/959395-60.stm.