American India Foundation previews Bow Ties and Bangles Gala

Clarendon Hills Sun Times

On August 2, a group of 70 trustees and supporters of the American India Foundation gathered at the residence of Bulbul and Vimal Bahuguna, AIF board member, in Bannockburn. Guests enjoyed dinner from Urban Tandor and live entertainment. The evening served as an opportunity to celebrate the recent success of AIF’s Chicago chapter and to kick-off the organization’s 9th annual Chicago Gala, Bow Ties and Bangles on Nov. 8.

More than 500 business leaders, elected officials and community thought leaders attend and support AIF’s Benefit and its mission to further social and economic change in India. An auction, entertainment and dinner add to the event’s allure for new supporters and old friends of the organization. Since its inception, the Chicago Gala has raised more than $4.5 million to directly support programs and initiatives to catalyze change in India.

“Our Gala and the organization as a whole is unique since 100% of the funds raised supports our programming,” said Lew Rosenbloom, founder and principal of Rosenbloom Advisors, LLC. A supporter of AIF’s Chicago chapter since its inception and last year’s honoree, Rosenbloom acknowledged that this accomplishment is made possible because of the organization’s passionate supporters. “AIF’s success is a tribute to the fact that people are involved, not just money. Our supporters give more than money — they give of themselves. We all have the ability to write a check, but what is more impactful and very transformational is giving of self — our minds, time, energy to transform a nation that has unparalleled promise.”

Bow Ties and Bangles takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8 at Union Station in Chicago. Tickets for the Gala are $500. For more information about the Gala or sponsorship information, visit, email or call (847) 869-5423.

About American India Foundation

American India Foundation Chicago is a growing network of leaders in business, arts, culture, and philanthropy, who all have one thing in common: an unwavering dedication to improving the lives of underprivileged people in India. The Chicago chapter hosts large-scale premiere fundraising events. Chapter members are personally committed to raising awareness in the Chicago community of AIF’s work to improve the education, livelihoods and health of India’s most vulnerable communities. Here in the U.S., AIF is contributing to the development of future leaders, with a world view, by sponsoring exceptionally bright and motivated young Americans under the AIF-Clinton Service Fellowship program for a 10-month internship with over 130 NGOs and Social Enterprises in India.

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