Our EngagePitt campaign has been going fantastically. Thank you so much to those who have already donated to us, your contributions are essential to us hosting this competition. We are 3 weeks into our EngagePitt campaign and we still have 5 weeks to go until our end date on January 17th!
Although we have surpassed our first goal of $2,000, we as an organization have decided to raise our goal up to $4,500, due to our success thus far in the EngagePitt campaign. The cost of hosting Dhirana is $20,544.94. As highlighted in our project description, these costs go towards Soldiers and Sailors venue, food for teams, gifts, publications, and numerous other expenses. Our sponsorship committee has a goal of $12,000 and EngagePitt is one of our largest platforms for funding. The additional $2,500 dollars that will come from raising our goal will go towards organizing a pre-competition mixer for teams as well as a post competition celebration to make the weekend more enjoyable and to guarantee the continuation of our competition in the future. The food and venue rentals for these two events comes to a total $4,500. With YOUR help, we can guarantee that our dedicated dancers will be excited to participate in Dhirana for years to come. With a promise of more dance teams comes a larger audience, thus more ticket sales from the competition that will go towards the Birmingham Free Clinic in Pittsburgh, a clinic that provides free healthcare to the uninsured population.
We also would like to thank everyone who attended our Second Annual Dhirana Gala this past Saturday! The dance schools led by Shobhitha Ravi and Nandini Mandal performed lovely dances, along with Pitt’s very own Nrityamala who performed Pushpanjali and their competition piece. We enjoyed a night of Indian food, classical dance, and spreading the beauty of this wonderful art form. Stay tuned for information about gala next year! Below are a few pictures from the Gala.