Once a year, some of SoCal's finest yogi's gather for an incredible combination of charity and culture at the "Thank You Mother India" Malibu Fundraiser, presented by the Yoga Gives Back Organization (YGB). The event involves all sorts of Indian themed entertainment, involving a special Odissi dance performance by world-renowned performer and teacher Lingaraj Pradhan and Sharanya Mukhopadhyay, a live auction by Kate Linder, who played Esther Valentine on The Young and the Restless and who has worked with countless charities, Indian appetizers and dinner, wine, a raffle and a Yoga Gives Back video presentation and a special guest music performance by Franklin Vanderbilt, who has toured with legendary artists such as Chaka Kahn, Stevie Wonder, and Lenny Kravitz.
The auction and raffle had items sponsored by us, Stella McCartney, YogaFit, Koji Toyoda Salon, Sonya Dakar, Yoga Retreat, True Food Kitchen, and YogiToes to name a few. The prizes were all amazing and rare opportunities, including an art piece from the collection "The Lost Warhols" by Karen Bystedt, a 2,3, or 4 day yoga training conference from YofaFit, and many more. This year, the fundraiser raised over $16,000, all of which will go to helping the mothers and children of India - the poorest people in the country that birthed yoga - to pay for education, vocational training, and micro credit programs, allowing them to start their own businesses and prosper. With the love and support of everyone who attended the fundraiser and who continues to support YGB's mission, Yoga Gives Back is continuing to grow rapidly across the globe and is changing the lives of mothers and children in India, a change from which countless generations will flourish.