Diwali 2016

Eighteenth Annual Karuna Diwali Ball

Karuna Charities’ 18th Annual Diwali Gala was held on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at the Holiday Inn, Gaithersburg, MD.  

The Master of Ceremonies, Mrs. Nilima Mehra announced that Karuna Charities, Washington has donated over $350,000 from inception. She praised the “returning women” in homeless shelters who with a little help from Karuna Charities were able to take their rightful place in this world. She welcomed the Guest of Honor, Mr. N.K. Mishra (Community Affairs Minister, Embassy of India, Washington D.C.) and the Keynote Speaker Mr. John Ruffino (Executive Director, NVCC Educational Foundation). Karuna Charities has endowed scholarships at the Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC), The University of the District of Columbia (UDC), Montgomery College in Maryland, and The Universities at Shady Grove in Maryland. 

The tone of love and peace was set in a welcome melodious song by Mrs. Swati Kanitkar.

The Chief Guest, Mr. N.K. Mishra and Board Members as well as Karuna Ambassadors lit the Diwali Lamp, signifying hope.  Board Members present included Mrs. Amrit Kalotra (President); Mrs. Kanti Singh (Vice-President); Mrs. Jasbir Sethi (Vice-President and Treasurer); Mrs