Pratham Houston gala kickoff

Kickoff for Pratham Houston gala features special Napa Valley wine amid posh Houston digs

Kickoff for Pratham Houston gala features special wine amid posh digs

Houston, Pratham Houston’s gala kickoff, March 2017, Carl Hahn, Casey Curry, Corbett Parker

Carl Hahn, Casey Curry, Corbett Parker.

 
Photo by Nikki Rosenberg/Sly Cat Studios
Houston, Pratham Houston’s gala kickoff, March 2017, Ash Shah, Mini Vettical
Ash Shah, Mini Vettical. Photo by Nikki Rosenberg/Sly Cat Studios
Houston, Pratham Houston’s gala kickoff, March 2017, The Star lobby
The lively affair was held in the lobby of the former Texaco building. Photo by Nikki Rosenberg/Sly Cat Studios
Houston, Pratham Houston’s gala kickoff, March 2017, Pankaj Dhume, Asha Dhume, Dr. Madaiah Revani
Pankaj Dhume, Asha Dhume, Dr. Madaiah Revana. Photo by Nikki Rosenberg/Sly Cat Studios
Houston, Pratham Houston’s gala kickoff, March 2017, Ryan Van Wagenen, Janu Orega
Ryan Van Wagenen, Janu Orega. Photo by Nikki Rosenberg/Sly Cat Studios
Houston, Pratham Houston’s gala kickoff, March 2017, Manish Jain, Asheet Yagnik
Manish Jain, Asheet Yagnik. Photo by Nikki Rosenberg/Sly Cat Studios
Houston, Pratham Houston’s gala kickoff, March 2017, Roseann Rogers, Arthur Siberand, Angela Strum
Roseann Rogers, Arthur Siberand, Angela Strum. Photo by Nikki Rosenberg/Sly Cat Studios
Houston, Pratham Houston’s gala kickoff, March 2017, Dan Zindler, Lori Freese
Dan Zindler, Lori Freese. Photo by Nikki Rosenberg/Sly Cat Studios
Houston, Pratham Houston’s gala kickoff, March 2017, Carl Hahn, Casey Curry, Corbett Parker
Houston, Pratham Houston’s gala kickoff, March 2017, Ash Shah, Mini Vettical
Houston, Pratham Houston’s gala kickoff, March 2017, The Star lobby
Houston, Pratham Houston’s gala kickoff, March 2017, Pankaj Dhume, Asha Dhume, Dr. Madaiah Revani
Houston, Pratham Houston’s gala kickoff, March 2017, Ryan Van Wagenen, Janu Orega
Houston, Pratham Houston’s gala kickoff, March 2017, Manish Jain, Asheet Yagnik
Houston, Pratham Houston’s gala kickoff, March 2017, Roseann Rogers, Arthur Siberand, Angela Strum
Houston, Pratham Houston’s gala kickoff, March 2017, Dan Zindler, Lori Freese

Pratham Houston president Ash Shah and vice president Asha Dhume welcomed more than 70 attendees to the posh kick-off party for the the organization’s upcoming gala.

Dr. Madaiah Revana gave a moving speech about the importance of supporting the nonprofit, which raises funds to educate India’s children and empower youth through vocational skills training. The cardiologist is also the owner of the Napa Valley-based Revana Winery, which provided sips for the soiree while Brasserie Du Parc provided the bites.

Swank digs with a storied past provided the backdrop for the lively affair, held in the lobby of the nearly 102 year-old former Texaco building. The original wing of the historic downtown skyscraper was designed by Warren & Wetmore, the New York architectural firm that designed Manhattan's Grand Central Terminal. Recently restored via a $95 million revamp, the landmark has been turned into uber-luxe 286-unit apartment complex, The Star.

The 2017 Pratham Houston gala will take place April 1 at the Hilton Americas-Houston, with special guest Sushmita Sen, famed Indian actress, model, and former Miss Universe.

Supporters at the kick-off bash included: KTRK-TV meteorologist Casey Curry who will serve as mistress of ceremonies at the 2017 gala, along with her husband Carl Hahn, Deborah Elias, Corbett Parker, Sonia Soto, Mani Surkari, Meena Patel, Megha Tejpal, Asha and Pankaj Dhume, Chari Beth White, Dr. Angela Sturm, Asheet Yagnik, Roseann Rogers, and Lori Freese and Dan Zindler.

Also in attendance were Pratham USA treasurer Swatantra Jain and his wife Bimla Jain, gala honorary chairs Shital and Bob Patel, and gala co-chairs Annu and Sagar Naik, and Shawn Karande and Mini Vettical.

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