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Half a million children's lives changed in a decade - CRY America celebrates its 10th anniversary

New York, May 19th, 2012: CRY - Child Rights and You America Inc, a 501c3 non-profit organization that works to restore the rights of underprivileged children, especially in India celebrated its 10th anniversary by hosting two benefit dinners in New York and Seattle. 'Uphaar 2012' was held on May 5th, at Seattle's Fairmont Hotel and 'Pledge 2012' was held on May 18th, at New York's Taj, The Pierre.

Speaking at Pledge 2012, Shefali Sunderlal, President of CRY America said, "Today as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of CRY America, we are really celebrating the 411,539 children in 2,254 villages and slums across India, whose lives have been irreversible transformed through our collective efforts. We thank our 17,000 generous donors, 2,000 committed volunteers and 56 dedicated project partners and media supporters without whom, this change would not have been possible."

Pledge 2012 was attended by 110 people from New York and New Jersey, while Uphaar 2012 was attended by 120 members from the western Washington community, who came together to partner CRY America's work to benefit underprivileged children. Over $220,000 was raised across both dinner events, valuable resources that will be directed towards funding several projects to ensure lasting change for children. The events were attended by prominent personalities, Bobby Ghosh, Sree Srinivasan, Maneet Chauhan, Anu and Naveen Jain, Akthar and Alka Badshah, Leena and Sunil Shah.

Painting donated by famous Indian artists M.F. Husain and Murali Nagapuzha, an autographed guitar by Paul McCartney, baseballs signed by President Obama and Former President Clinton, signed Beatles album along with a private brunch by Chef Maneet Chauhan were auctioned by Sotheby's Priyanka Mathew at the New York dinner. Click here to know more.

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