CMG Sponsors Dallas Concert to Benefit Sankara Eye Foundation
In keeping with its commitment to support worthy charitable causes around the world, the ChalakMitra Group of Companies recently offered its help to the Sankara Eye Foundation or SEF, a 501(c) organization and the largest free eye care provider in the world. CMG was able to help SEF with its Dallas concert featuring Shankar Ehsaan Loy with New Generation held on May 6 at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas.
Shankar Eshaan Loy is a fascinating and popular music group in the Bollywood tradition. Second only to A.R. Rahman in popularity, the group features the talents of Shankar, a former Indian jingle singer who launched “Breathless,” his first album, in the 1980s. Ehsaan, the second member of the group, was also a jingle singer in Mumbai and Loy was a television writer in Delhi when the three met. After collaborating on the “Hindustani” soundtrack, the band was born. With a fresh, vibrant sound and great melodies, the group went on to become a national byword with hits like “DilChahta Hai” and “Kal Ho Na Ho,” a National Award winner.
As a platinum sponsor of the event, CMG was proud to donate money and time to help make the concert a huge success. The concert was part of a five-city megatour featuring the fantastic live music of the Shankar Ehsaan Loy trio. All proceeds were used to benefit the blind through the efforts of SEF.
What Is SEF?
Sankara Eye Foundation has provided funding for more than 1.4 million eye surgeries to date and operates eight hospitals in India that provide much-needed care for millions of patients. Three new hospitals are planned for Jaipur, Hyderabad and Indore, and funds are continually being raised to support these projects.
SEF is a non-profit organization with a single goal: to eradicate all curable blindness throughout the world. Consistently rated four stars, the highest rating possible for accountability and fiscal responsibility by Charity Navigator, USA, SEF has targeted India because of the country’s high rate of blindness.
India is currently the country with the largest population of blind people in the world. One out of every five blind people on the planet lives in India, with more than 55 million Indians suffering from visual impairment. Of these, eight million are totally blind. Four million new cases of blindness are added each year to this total.
However, there is good news. Experts estimate that 80 percent of these cases can be easily cured if funds are available for surgery and treatment. Sankara Eye Foundation meets these needs whenever possible, providing professional eye examinations, surgery, medication and treatment to those most in need. Their ultimate goal, designated as Vision 20/20, is to eradicate curable blindness in India by the year 2020. This lofty goal is supported by a network of charitable donations that allow SEF to expand its reach in India and provide on-the-spot treatment for a wide range of eye issues that lead to blindness. Their specialty eye care centers are available to the rural poor who might otherwise have no means of treatment for curable blindness.
To raise money for its endeavors, Sankara has established a network of highly-rated fundraising events, including music concerts and other exciting activities. These events raise millions of dollars every year and support SEF’s goals. Now, CMG has been given the opportunity to participate in one of these fantastic events at a very meaningful level.
How Does CMG Help Sankara?
Not only has CMG become a platinum sponsor of the recent concert, but Jamaica Tallawahs, the CMG-owned Jamaican cricket team has also become a gold sponsor of the event with a $10,000 donation.
The Chalak Mitra Group of Companies or CMG is a fresh and dynamic group of young entrepreneurs who are doing what some say is impossible: taking a strong approach to investment with multiple strategies and raising private equity capital to aggressively grow businesses. While many doubted that CMG could expand so quickly, the group has proven that it has the resources and foresight to raise more than $50 million in investment capital and to achieve substantial and sustainable expansion for its investors.
One of the secrets to CMG’s success is its diversification. The company works in restaurant and hospitality investments and diversifies its holdings among several well-known restaurant and hotel chains as well as real estate, including retail shopping centers.
CMG and its subsidiaries are proud to be part of the support of local communities. In fact, CMG is dedicated to providing support for a number of charitable organizations, including the Sankara Eye Foundation. By offering sponsorship and support for SEF, CMG continues to help those in need throughout the world.