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DAYA Gala Takes Ownership!

DAYA Gala Takes Ownership!

A packed ballroom full of elite Houstonians gathered at the beautiful quaint Sweetwater Country Club in Sugarland, Texas for the 16th Annual Gala luncheon hosted by Daya Houston, a non-profit organization that works to help South Asian women in a domestic violence.

The afternoon was a chic fashionable afternoon affair with pretty people and generous hearts for a cause that in some way is close to everyone. “In our lifetime we have certainly known someone who has been affected by domestic violence,” says Indrani Goradia, emcee and motivational speaker for the event.

Apart from the usual mixing and mingling, the event made a huge impact with the presence of individuals who had personally experienced domestic violence. What stole my heart was their courage and determination to step up on the stage and very boldly share their stories to the 250 people who gathered to support the noble cause. Now that was a sign of true success for Daya, as an organization that has emerged very strongly to encourage women to step out of their comfort zone and share their struggles, as that can be a source of inspiration for those who are still in strained relations.

With the help of individual donors, IACF and LEAD donation from Houston Endowement, DAYA is now taking ownership of the transitional home property. A sold out event, the gala managed to raise a whopping $78,000. The successful event had US Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and many other supporters from the Indo American community. The spirit of taking ownership was prevalent at this inspiring gala event.

Fashion as usual was in full swing as ladies brought in their spring collection to keep up with the changing trends. Spotted fashionable at the luncheon Alka Verma Raj, Anjali Thakur, Sabrina Singh Gilmore, Rachel McNeil, Pooja Mehta, Shaila Patel, Sonal Bhuchar, Sangeeta Pasrija and amongst the men spotted looking sharp David Raj, Muzzafar Sidiqui, Roy Abraham, and others. However Lights Camera Action’s ‘Fashionista of The Month‘ goes to Reji Joseph for a unique style and her attitude. Watch out for our next feature when we will highlight her fashion and style mantra.

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