Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Posted: 24 Sep 2012 08:54 AM PDT
Genesis Foundation presents CEOs Sing for a Cause
‘CEOs Sing for a Cause’, a fundraiser organised by Genesis Foundation where India’s top CXOs enthralled the gathering with their impressive singing abilities, to save the lives of 10 critically ill children.

The event was held in association with Pernod Ricard, organised by CRI Events and supported by ITC Gardenia, Bengaluru and was a great success. Genesis Foundation raised Rs.900,000- last year to save the lives of 7 critically children; this year it was Rs.11,00,000- to save the lives 10 critically ill children.

The very talented CEOs enthused the audience with songs such as Frank Sinatra’s ‘Fly Me To The Moon’; Jason Mraz ‘I’m Yours’; Whitney Houston’s ‘Saving All My Love’; Tina Turner’s ‘The Best’; Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘The Boxer, April Come She Will’ and Eric Clapton’s ‘Wonderful Night’ among others.

Sanjay Purohit, Senior VP, Global Head of Products, Platforms and Solutions, Infosys

Geetu Verma, Executive Director, Foods, Hindustan Unilever

Chandran Sankaran, Founder & CEO, Zyme Solutions

Pankajj Chaturvedi, Executive Director & CEO, Rich Graviss Products

Manoj Nair, CEO and President, Novel Infra

Mehmood Curmally, Managing Director, Rhythm House

Sanjiv Sarin, Regional President, Tata Global Beverages, South Asia

Thomas Chandy, CMD and Chief of Orthopedics, HOSMAT Hospital

Outstanding backup music support provided by Michael Devin added to the success of the event. Later in the evening, many joined in the jamming session and some even took to dance and make the most of the great music.

“Genesis Foundation’s fundraising events are a lot of fun for the participants and bring hope and smiles to the children we support. We have so far successfully saved the lives of over 295 critically ill children from lesser privileged families and institutions. We are grateful for the participation of all the ‘CEOs Sing for a Cause’, which will give many more children a chance to live. We are delighted to have Pernod Ricard, ITC Gardenia, CRI Events and other participants as our sponsor for this event and look forward to their ongoing support” said Prema Sagar, Founder Trustee, Genesis Foundation.

Some of the comments from our CEO Singers are

“I am happy to have been involved with the Genesis Foundation, since July 2011. I first sang for the event called "CEO's Sing for their Supper", on July 16th 2011. I also gave a small contribution at that time. I thought that the concept, and idea of a children’s medical charitable foundation, was a great one, especially since my Hospital HOSMAT, has been running the, Handicapped, and crippled children’s poor patients’ foundation, for the last 15 years. I supported the Foundation wholeheartedly. I have participated in three other CEOs Sing functions, at Bengaluru on July 16, 2011, Gurgaon Sept 17, 2011 and August 11, 2012. My 4th consecutive Genesis CEO's function will be in Bengaluru on September 22, 2012.

Being a Chairman, and M.D., as well as the Leader, and vocalist for the "Jazz Revival", since the last 12 years, Singing for the Genesis functions, is " up my alley", so to speak. I have enjoyed participating in these functions, and the 4th this month. In spite of my hectic schedule, as the chief Orthopaedic surgeon, as well as the CMD of HOSMAT, an Orthopaedics, and Accident Trauma, and Neuro Hospital, I enjoy the time well spent for this great cause, of helping children with serious medical problems. I will continue to do so for years to come. I am proud, and happy to be part of the Genesis Foundation.”

- Dr. Thomas Chandy, CMD HOSMAT Hospitals Private Ltd. M.D. Tango Calypso Restaurants Pvt. Ltd.

“I have immense respect for the Genesis Foundation for saving the lives of critically ill children from orphanages and lesser-privileged homes. I am humbled by the opportunity that they have extended to me to make my small contribution towards this great cause. I wish them all the very best and hope that leaders across the country would come forward and extend themselves to support the cause in their own personal way”.

- Sanjay Purohit, SVP and Global Head–Product, Platforms & Solutions, Infosys Ltd.

“The willingness to share does not make one charitable; it makes one free. It is good that we are privilege enough to enjoy life of comfort and abundance. I would like to thank Genesis Foundation for making me realize, that the difference between a helping hand and an outstretched palm is a twist of the wrist. I would request you to reach into those deep pockets and help the children because when we take the time to add to these thoughtful touches, it makes them feel worthy. I feel privileged to be a part of this noble cause and would like to extend my full support to Genesis Foundation’s event which aims to raise funds and create awareness about it.”

- Pankajj Chaturvedi, Executive Director & CEO, Rich Graviss Products

“Singing is a passion and I am delighted to be a part of this fundraiser. This event has given me the opportunity to contribute and help Genesis Foundation make a difference to the lives of children in need of surgery”.

- Chandran Sankaran, Founder & CEO, Zyme Solutions

“Music has been my life, both professionally and personally, as a means of livelihood, a family tradition and a passion. What more can I ask for; if what I am so closely associated with, can help alleviate a child's suffering. Hope this just keeps getter bigger and bigger, so we can together help those in dire need. Kudos, Genesis Foundation.”

- Mehmood Curmally, Managing Director, Rhythm House

“I am extremely inspired by the innovativeness and win-win nature of the concept. CEOs enjoy putting their artistic foot forward, really needy children benefit. The audience can not only see how their funds raised will be put to good use but also enjoy a wonderful social evening. It's a privilege to be a part of this initiative and kudos to the Genesis Foundation team for conceiving it and driving it with so much commitment and passion.”

- Geetu Verma, Executive Director, Foods, Hindustan Unilever

“What Genesis Foundation is doing in the field of medical care for the under privileged is a very laudable cause indeed. I am more than pleased to participate in this rather innovative Fund Raiser of yours. Music has been a passion and always happy to feel younger through Music - and if contribution to society can come as a byproduct - it couldn’t get better I guess. Look forward to the event”

- Manoj Nair, CEO and President, Novel Infra

About Genesis Foundation

Genesis Foundation facilitates, and financially supports extraordinary medical intervention for critically ill abandoned and less privileged children, with the hope that these children may have an opportunity to lead a normal or near normal life and sustain them in the future. We work in the areas of cancer, heart, organ failure, thalassemia and extreme deformities. To know more, please visit our website www.genesis-foundation.net

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