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Travel to India Without Leaving Wellington in Support of Salvation Tree School

Written by: Emily Riden
Client: Salvation Tree http://www.salvationtree.org/
Release Date: 2014-01-28

India Night 2014 to Benefit Impoverished Children of India 

Wellington, FL – January 24, 2014 – Halfway around the world in India is a land of unbelievable opulence, but also one of extreme destitution. On Thursday, March 13, 2014 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC), attendees at Wellington’s inaugural India Night will experience the magical sights and sounds of the opulent side of India, while also giving back and aiding those at the other end of the spectrum through the Salvation Tree Foundation.

Starting at 7 p.m. on March 13, the 7th Chukker Restaurant and Veranda at IPC will usher guests into a colorful and lavish atmosphere, complete with an Indian bazaar, Bollywood dancers, authentic Indian Musicians, live auction and a Bollywood DJ, all in support of the Salvation Tree Foundation’s Salvation Tree School. 

The Salvation Tree Foundation is a recognized non-profit founded by Wellington residents Timmy and Laurie Sharma in conjunction with their company, JPC Equestrian, which creates such notable equestrian brands as TuffRider, Equine Couture and Henri de Rivel Saddles. Through the foundation, JPC Equestrian is able to provide the children of its employees in India with an entirely free education, including books, supplies, mid-day meals, transportation and uniforms unlike anything they could otherwise receive.

“Our idea with India Night was to introduce India here in Wellington to our own community,” said Timmy Sharma. “We want to bring all of the things that are special about India and let people see the beautiful side of India, the colors, the beautiful things that most people don’t know about.”

While India Night will bring the beauty of India to Wellington, it will also shine a light on the less beautiful world that exists there and the incredible work that is being done through the Salvation Tree School.

The Salvation Tree Foundation sprung to life in the summer of 2010. Timmy and Laurie Sharma had just spent time visiting with the workers at the JPC Equestrian factories, and they were moved by what they saw.

“We decided to have a luncheon for our factory employees and their families.  We were shocked and in awe when we saw hundreds of their beautiful children, ” Laurie Sharma said. “These were kids that I knew weren’t getting an education. It broke my heart to see them going back to their villages with no hope for their futures. I knew something somehow had to be done and it was on the way back from that luncheon, when Timmy said to me ‘I know what we’re going to do. We’re going to start a school for those kids.’”

Within just three months, the Sharmas found a school and enrolled 40 kids, all from within family’s working at the JPC Equestrian factories.

“A lot of the kids there don’t go to school at all. Many of them are the ones that are there to take care of their young siblings while their parents work. The education is just denied to them completely,” Timmy Sharma explained. So what we started out to do was provide them with a world class education.” 

Today the school has continued to expand, adding grades each year. By April 2014, Salvation Tree School will have 250 students from pre-K to 6th grade. Timmy and Laurie Sharma have personally funded their foundation for the past four years, and the time has come to expand their efforts in order to reach more children by changing the lives in a country where a strict caste system still prevails. 

Initially planned to span two days from March 13 to March 14, 2014, the event has been scaled back in order to allow 100 percent of the funds raised to go directly to the Salvation Tree School and the children. All proceeds from India Night will help fund the expanding infrastructure necessary to meet the needs of the students as Salvation Tree School continues to grow.

To learn more about this event and to purchase tickets visit www.IndiaNight.org or www.SalvationTree.org

India Night 2014 Fast Facts:

What: A party with a purpose! Take a journey into the sights, sounds and tastes of India, all in support of the Salvation Tree School. The evening will include Indian cuisine, Bollywood dancers, and Indian bazaar and authentic Indian Musicians.

When: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Where: The 7th Chukker Restaurant and Veranda at the International Polo Club Palm Beach

Why: To aid the Salvation Tree Foundation in funding expansions to the Salvation Tree School infrastructure necessary to meet the needs of the students as the Salvation Tree School continues to grow! The school provides impoverished children in India with an entirely free education, including books, supplies, mid-day meals, transportation and uniforms unlike anything they could otherwise receive.

Tickets: Purchase tickets or find out more information one of three ways:

-       Online at www.IndiaNight.org

-       By email at info@indianight.org

-       By calling (561)254-0406

 

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