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Bay Area 2021 Annual Banquet

  • 11 Dec 2021
  • 4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Sewa Community Center, 691 S Milpitas Blvd, Milpitas, CA 95035


  • We appreciate your valuable contributions helping us to serve humanity. We eagerly look forward to seeing you at the Banquet Dinner.
Please click Register Now button below to register for the event and support. Looking forward to seeing you all. For the safety of everyone, we have organized on-site COVID testing. Please give extra few minutes for the drive-through testing by medical professionals. 


Health Safety protocol to attend the event:

1. Guests over the age of 2 are required to wear a face covering that covers both the nose and mouth at all times, unless actively eating or drinking.
2. COVID-19 vaccination record (physical/digital) will be checked at the check-in  
3. On-site COVID-19 testing (FDA-cleared, Omicron-compatible antigen test) will be administered

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Program Details

The evening gives you an opportunity to socialize while enjoying scrumptious dinner and entertainment. We look forward to sharing an evening filled with good friends and fabulous food!

Keynote Speaker:  KARL MEHTA

Karl Mehta is a serial entrepreneur, author, investor, engineer, and civil servant with over 20 years of experience in founding, building, and funding technology companies in the U.S. and international markets. He is currently Founder & CEO of EdCast Inc., a next-generation knowledge platform company and former venture partner at Menlo Ventures, a leading VC firm of Silicon Valley with over $4B under management.

Previously, he was the Founder & CEO of PlaySpan Inc., acquired by Visa Inc. (NYSE:V), the world’s largest payment network. Karl also served as a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow, selected by the Obama Administration during the inaugural 2012-13 term. He was appointed by Governor Brown to the Workforce Investment Board of the State of California. In 2010, Karl won the “Entrepreneur of the Year” award from Ernst & Young for Northern California. Karl is on the boards of Simpa Networks and on the advisory board of Intel Capital and Chapman University’s Center of Entrepreneurship.

Karl is founder of several non-profit’s including Code For India and Grassroots Innovation. He is author of "Financial Inclusion at the Bottom of the Pyramid". 

Guest Speaker:  Dr. CATHERINE MOHR

An inspirational talk on "Striding forward for a bright post-pandemic future"


Dr. Catherine Mohr is President of the Intuitive Foundation, the corporate Foundation of Intuitive Surgical, a high technology Silicon Valley based company that makes the da Vinci surgical robot. In this role she invests in research and development programs aimed at understanding and improving education of medical practitioners around the world and applying novel technologies aimed at reducing the global burden of disease.

Catherine has a diverse background, which covers surgery, medical technology, engineering, product design, healthcare, alternative energy, automotive, aerospace, global entrepreneurship, IP litigation, FDA compliance, education, and product development. From this she brings extensive industry experience and deep insights into emerging opportunities, trends, issues and challenges. Proven history of visionary thought-leadership as an advisor on future technologies to a wide range of companies and government agencies, and a sought after speaker/lecturer.

Dr. Mohr received her BS and MS in mechanical engineering from MIT, and her MD from Stanford University School of Medicine. She has been involved with numerous startup companies in the areas of alternative energy transportation, and worked for many years developing high altitude aircraft and high efficiency fuel cell power systems, computer aided design software, and medical devices.

Dr Mohr is on the board of directors for FINCA International, and has served as a scientific advisor for several startup companies in Silicon Valley, the NCI SBIR program, and government technology development programs in her native New Zealand, and entrepreneurship programs worldwide. She is the author of numerous scientific publications, the recipient of multiple design awards, and speaks regularly internationally on the subject of the future of surgery, technology and robotics.

Dr Mohr is currently working with Sewa and others on a long term sustainable healthcare system in India Post-COVID.



Sewa has been at the forefront of humanitarian service tackling unprecedented global challenges. However, we're not done yet. We must all work together to create a better future for the most underserved. Our work speaks volumes about the significant amount of work we've done this year. Below are some examples of our work.

Bay Area ASPIRE: The Bay Area chapter of Sewa International started the ASPIRE After-School program in order to reduce gaps in education for students in the underprivileged community in East Palo Alto and Newark with the mission of empowering students intellectually, emotionally, and socially. Sewa volunteers help over 250 students online and 37 students in-person at Schilling Elementary School with their homework, English Language Arts (ELA) and enrichment programs.  

Family Services: The Bay Area Family Services team strives to support the community by leveraging existing resources and services. There are three main services offered by this team of volunteers, Case Management - offers support and resources to the distressed individuals and/or families during unforeseen circumstances. Currently, the team is working on 10 plus cases. Educational Seminars - focuses on preventive and therapeutic approach by making the community aware of various resources and information on topics such as college preparedness, financial literacy, health, disaster, management, health care proxy to name a few. Health and Wellness - Stop Diabetes Movement - A yoga workshop that focuses on prevention and management of diabetes through trained yoga instructors. Know Your Healthy SELF - A program that focuses on overall health of the community by creating a sense of togetherness by offering various health/fitness initiatives such as arranging regular hikes, yoga, walk etc.

LEAD ProgramLEAD is Sewa International's Youth enrichment Program empowering young high school students to socially conscious leadership, community service and experiencing the joy of giving. The Bay Area chapter has provided this platform to over 100 young high school students.

Food Donation during COVID-19 pandemic: Sewa continues to be at the forefront of helping local communities affected by the pandemic. $4.7M were raised and spent on donating 2.8M lbs of food to 92,124 families in need. The effort was shared by 32 partner organizations. 

Sewa SERVE: Sewa Serve provides regular volunteering opportunities through different activities such as food distribution, cleanup, building homes, etc. This year, our volunteers recorded 1454 hours spent on 34 different activities to help make our communities better.

International Projects: SHE (Sanitation Hygiene And Empowerment Project for the Girl Child) provides sanitation and hygiene facilities to girls who belong to the vulnerable section of Indian society. So far over 20,000+ families PAN India with relief support. We currently have 350+ women from COVID affected families undergoing skill development training for job placement & financial support to their families. SaC - Sponsor a Child Serve is designed to support the education of the under-privileged children in urban slums and rural and remote tribal areas in India. Beneficiaries are orphans, semi-orphans, and from low-income families with parents who are maid-servants, day laborers, janitors, taxi drivers, and roadside vendors.

New Initiatives: Below are some of the upcoming initiatives by Sewa:

  • Empower: Empowering high school and college drop-outs – POC in progress partnered with SJCCC & AmeriCorps