Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation named Charity of Choice at the Galveston Mardi Gras
Houston: The U.S.-based Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation has been selected as the Charity of Choice at the 27th Annual Mardi Gras on March 5, 2011. The event, which was hosted by the George Mitchell family, took place at The Tremont House in Galveston. The annual fundraising gala originated in 1985 with the grand opening of The Tremont House and the revival of Galveston Island's city-wide Mardi Gras celebrations. Each year a different country is chosen as the theme, and this year's event was to celebrate India, and was titled "The Enchantment of India". The gala gave each an opportunity to help the Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation at the same time paying tribute to a 5,000 year-old civilization with ancient cultures and rich heritage. Each year an educational charity of the country that is chosen by the George Mitchell family that benefits from the proceeds of the gala. This year Ekal Vidyalaya was chosen as the charity of choice, the proceeds of over $10,000 will be presented to Ekal on behalf of the George Mitchell Family and Naveen and Shubhra Ramineni. Ekal Vidyalaya is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering education and village development in rural India. Ekal Vidyalaya's philosophy is to take a holistic approach to social and economic development. Using a refined concept of the 'one-teacher school', the Ekal movement is operating in over 34,000 villages and educating over one million children.