OPEN presents "Stars For Hope" for Pakistan's flood victims

The Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs Network (OPEN) have joined forces with Oxfam America and Karachi Relief Trust to provide humanitarian assistance for the victims and great efforts to rebuild Pakistan overall. 

What better way to effectively raise funds for such a devastating crisis? That's easy. You host a star-studded benefit luncheon on a Sunday afternoon featuring a red carpet full of celebrities, live auctions, and delicious food from the Carnivale Restaurant in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood. Following that plan of action proved to raise $40,000 for relief efforts. With that being said, please note that Sunday's stellar event in all of its sophistication and romantic decor, was a phenomenal success. Special event supporters include Glee star Iqbal Theba, Star Trek actor Faran Tahir, The Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi, Bravo's Top Chef Contestant Malika Ameen and Tim Lenderking, Director of Pakistan Affairs for the US Dept. of StateThe live auction offered great prizes including tickets to The Daily Show, autographed items from Glee, and Chicago Bulls tickets. 

Comedian/Producer/Columnist/Cartoonist Adam Guerino and Actor/Producer/Writer/ Comedian Fawzia Mirza served as the Masters of Ceremony at the lavish event. 

It's been six months since the devastating floods in Pakistan that hit hard in the summer of 2010. Aside from the 2,000 reported deaths, 20 million people were affected by destruction of property and livelihood.  Approximately one-fifth of Pakistan's total land area was underwater washing away giant infrastructures, 10 schools and 5.4 million acres of crops. Like the victims of recent natural disasters, Pakistani victims still suffer without food, shelter, clean water and medical care. 

An admirable team of selfless staff were behind the Stars of Hope event and its success is a product of the hard work and endurance they sacrificed to make a difference for the Pakistani victims. Their efforts don't go unnoticed and the hearts of those they help will ring out in gratitude in the coming days. However, the victims still need more assistance to heal from this natural disaster. Donations are still being accepted on It's not too late to bid on a few auction items, including a Glee call sheet. Support today! It will make a difference!!  All proceeds will go to Pakistan through Oxfam America and Karachi Relief Trust.

Photos Courtesy:
Amna Siddiqui Photography

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