Scarlet Night Gala Raises $250K for South Asian Heart Center


Ashish Mathur, Executive Director, South Asian Heart Center, announces Instant Mystery Prizes during the SAHC’s Scarlet Night fundraiser in
Santa Clara, Calif., Mar. 14, which raised awareness of the high risk of heart disease among Indian Americans. (M.P. Singh photo)

Santa Clara, Calif. — The war against heart disease got a quarter-million-dollar boost Mar. 14 as a who’s who of Silicon Valley came out in full force to raise funds and awareness about the high risk and rates of heart disease among Indian Americans.

Scarlet Night, the South Asian Heart Center’s annual gala, raised $250,000 in just a few hours, taking the center’s total fundraising for its expansion initiative to $500,000. The South Asian Heart Center has been aggressively trying to reach more South Asians in the San Francisco Bay Area.

“We recently opened centers in Milpitas and Los Gatos and will soon be expanding into Fremont and San Jose,” said Ashish Mathur, executive director, SAHC. “We’ve screened over 5,200 people since 2006 and trained 1,200 physicians about the unique risk factors and lifestyle patterns of the South Asian community. We must scale our efforts and help educate the growing South Asian diaspora. Thanks to El Camino Hospital, every penny of the funds raised today will go to our expansion efforts.”

The annual gala — touted by some as the year’s biggest party — was headlined this year by Raghava K.K., an artist who has appeared on TED Talks. The young and effervescent artist-entrepreneur, who will soon be bringing his venture to Silicon Valley, charmed his audience with his idiosyncratic view of life.

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