FFE Raises $1M at Silicon Valley 22 GALA in Palo Alto, California

On October 9th, 2022, the Foundation For Excellence (FFE) hosted its annual Silicon Valley Gala at the Crowne Plaza in Palo Alto. The event was attended by over 250 guests, mostly from the Indian community in the San Francisco Bay Area. The gala was a huge success, raising almost $1 million in funds to support scholarships for deserving students from underprivileged backgrounds.

The evening began with a mesmerizing “kathak” performance by students from the Leela Dance Collective Group. Jeff Applebaum, a stand-up comedian, emceed the event and kept the audience entertained with his humor about the lives of immigrant Indian engineers in the Bay Area.

The chief guest for the evening was Dheeraj Pandey, co-founder and CEO of DevRev.ai and former CEO of Nutanix. Dheeraj and his wife, Swapna, are known for their philanthropic work, with a focus on education. During the event, Dheeraj shared his story and emphasized the importance of giving back to society, which aligns with the mission of FFE.

FFE also presented its 2022 Excellence Awards during the gala. Dr. Monica Asnani was honored with the award, in recognition of the Asnani family’s contributions as the largest and most impactful donors of FFE. Another award was given to Ranjith Kagathi, a FFE alum, for his exceptional voluntary services.