Carlsbad, ca – Renowned mind-body healer Deepak Chopra will be the honored speaker at the Akshaya Patra Foundation Benefit Event in Chicago, Illinois, on October 19th. The event will raise funds for Akshaya Patra’s school meal program which serves nutritious meals to 1.3 million schoolchildren across India. Deepak Chopra is a National Patron of Akshaya Patra USA and sits on the Advisory Board.
Deepak Chopra will deliver the keynote address at the event, which will be held in the Grand Ballroom of Chicago’s historic Navy Pier. The event begins with a reception, followed by the program and dinner. Local television personality and restaurateur Alpana Singh will lead the event as the Master of Ceremony. Over 300 business, non-profit, government, and philanthropic leaders from around the region are expected to attend and support the organization’s dual mission of addressing childhood malnutrition and promoting education for underserved children in India.
Deepak Chopra was named by TIME magazine as one of the top heroes and icons of the 21st century, and is lauded as the “the poet-prophet of alternative medicine”. Formally trained as a doctor of medicine and endocrinology, he has authored more than 70 books, including most recently “Brotherhood: Dharma, Destiny, and the American Dream”, coauthored with his brother Dr. Sanjiv Chopra. Deepak Chopra founded the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in Carlsbad, California.
Akshaya Patra is a secular non-profit organization in a public private partnership with the Indian government, which implements the world’s largest NGO managed mid-day meal program. Akshaya Patra began as a pilot program feeding 1,500 children daily in five schools. Driven by the vision of its founders and Board members, today Akshaya Patra feeds more than 1.4 million in over 10,661 government schools in 10 states from 25 kitchen facilities. They have set an aggressive goal of serving 5 million children by 2020. On July 16th, President Bill Clinton visited Akshaya Patra’s Jaipur kitchen as part of the Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action. In 2008, Akshaya Patra made a Commitment to Action to feed 1 million children through the school meal program. President Clinton said of the program, “They met the commitment 3 years early, and 1.3 million not 1 million are being fed. There is no better expenditure of money and it’s really important for these kids to stay in school and learn. I love this program! I think this is one of the finest commitments ever made in the 10 year history of the Clinton Global Initiative”.
For tickets, please call: 781-462-8454