You're invited to HAF's 15th Anniversary Tampa Gala, Saturday, November 17, 2018
Find the Shakti within you
- General Admission: $25
- Student (age 5-22): $15
- Child (4 and under): Free
- Senior Citizen (65+): $20
- Exclusive Table of 10: $200
Sponsorships: Become a sponsor and get publicity, complimentary tickets, or a free table for 10! Download sponsorship flyer.
Questions? Nikhil Joshi (email@example.com; 813-205-8069)
Host Committee: Adeeti Joshi, Nikhil Joshi, Nainan Desai, Kunal Jain, Ramesh Kolli, Haren Mehta, Sase Persaud, Dipa Shah
Shalini Kantayya is a William J. Fulbright Scholar, a Sundance Documentary Film Fellow, a TED Fellow, and a finalist for the ABC Disney | DGA Directing Program. Her debut feature film, Catching the Sun, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival and was named a New York Times Critics’ Pick. The film released globally on Netflix on Earth Day 2016 with Executive Producer Leonardo DiCaprio, and was nominated for the Environmental Media Association Award for Best Documentary. Kantayya finished in the top 10 out of 12,000 filmmakers on Fox’s On the Lot, a show by Steven Spielberg in search of Hollywood’s next great director. Kantayya recently directed an episode for the National Geographic series Breakthrough. Broadcast June 2017 with Executive Producer Ron Howard, the series profiles trailblazing scientists who will transform our future.
Damyanti Gupta, born in 1942 in a small city in Sindh and living the life of a refugee for a decade, this trailblazer became the first woman to attend her engineering college in India, first in her family to come to America, first woman to graduate with a master's degree in engineering at Oklahoma State University, and, most famously, the first female engineer at the Ford Motor Company. Residing in Fort Myers, Florida, it’s no wonder she was named Time’s 100 First Women and is HAF’s 2018 Pride of the Community Award recipient.
Jay Kansara, Director of Government Relations based in Washington, DC, holds a BA in Government and Asian Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. He develops and maintains strategic relationship with leaders in public policy and in various fora, including congressional briefings, interfaith and human rights roundtable meetings, and official government functions. He also serves as the Foundation's liaison to the Hindu community in the greater D.C. area. Mr. Kansara is an active volunteer at his local Hindu temple and is a student of Indian classical and folk music traditions.
Fred Stella is a commercial actor with extensive experience in TV, independent film, commercials, web media, and audiobooks. He began his spiritual search within the Hindu Dharma at the age of 15 and was initiated into his specific tradition almost 30 years ago. He is the Pracharak for the West Michigan Hindu Temple. Sponsored by Seed the World and under the direction of Vivekananda Kendra, in 2005, Mr. Stella completed a 30 city lecture tour in India, joining the effort to promote indigenous culture and religion in areas facing the encroachment of Western influence. Fred is a regular speaker at the annual Hindu Mandir Executive Conference. He is president of Interfaith Dialogue Association and hosts its weekly radio program on Religion and Spirituality, Common Threads on local NPR affiliate, WGVU-FM. In 2012, Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell presented Fred with the city's "Champion of Diversity Award" for his work in interfaith relations.