New York Social Diary covers the New York Book Launch - June 7, 2012

Source: New York Social Diary
May 2012

A few weeks ago at at the Museum of Arts and Design Barbara Tober,Chairman Emerita and Chairman, Global Leadership Council of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, and Quest's Chris Meigher hosted a cocktail party and book launch in honor of a new coffee-table book entitled "Giving Back" by Meera Gandhi.

Meera Gandhi, the CEO and Founder of The Giving Back Foundation, features people and charitable organizations in the book who have inspired her and her foundation for their unique ways of giving back to humanity.

Mrs. Cherie Blair has written the foreword to the book. Among those featured in the "Giving Back" book are Mother Teresa and her Asha Daan; Bono and his fight to cure Aids in Africa; Centrepoint: The American Friends of the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry for its involvement with the homeless; designers Emre Erturk, Donna Karan, Urban Zen and Narciso Rodriguez; Hip Hop producers Charles and Randy Fisher; Homayra Sellier of Innocence in Danger of Paris; Steven Rockefeller and the Grameen Foundation; Irish interior designer Clodagh for Thorntree and Irish tenor Ronan Tynan for his work on behalf of Alzheimer's Disease in Ireland; Kerry Kennedy and her brother Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. for their human rights and environmental activities; The Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val Kill, Hyde Park, NY; Paris: Peter Raj Singh and Lord Loomba of the Loomba Fund for widows; TV broadcaster Deborah Norville for her involvement with The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty To Children; figure skating Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi and her Always Dream Foundation; actress Patricia Valesquez and The Wayuu Taya Foundation in Latin America; Somers Farkas and the Lighthouse for the Blind; Kids For Kids in Hong Kong; Tails of Hope Advancing veterinary and human comparative medicine; St. Michael's Girls' Hostel in New Delhi, India, and many more.

100 percent of the book's proceeds will go to The Giving Back Foundation and its associated charities.

Richard Turley, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Jean Shafiroff, Ike Ude, Chau-Giang Thi Nguyen, and Vivek Mathe

The Giving Back Foundation, with operations in Hong Kong, New York, London and Mumbai, was established in 2010 by Meera Gandhi, with the support of her husband Vikram, as a not-for-profit, 501 (C) (3) organization. Its beneficiaries are carefully selected existing charities and individuals from around the world, with special emphasis on women and children in need. Directly assisting education of women and children, and addressing illness, poverty and suffering are the primary activities of the Foundation, whose motto is, "We are to the universe only as much as we give back to it."

The Giving Back coffee-table book is available on and in NYC at Chartwell Booksellers, The Corner Bookstore, Crawford Doyle Booksellers, Rizzoli Bookstore, and St. Mark's Bookshop. It can also be purchased at The new book was launched with events in New Delhi, Istanbul and Hong Kong and will be introduced at book signings in London and Dubai in the next few months.

Barbara Tober, Chris Meigher, and Meera Gandhi

Fern Mallis and Pia Ganguly

Randy and Charles Fisher

Laurie Dolphin, John McCaffrey, and Allison Meierding

Cassandra Seidenfeld and Maggie Norris

Juan Bernal and Meera Gandhi

Lavelle Olexa and Fern Mallis

Reverend Timothy Shaw

Alozie Etufugh, Elizabeth De Leon, and Neil Bhargava

Alozie Etufugh, Elizabeth De Leon, and Neil Bhargava

Ambassador Shariar Gianfranco Rahimi, and Owen Liu

Aruna Bhargava, Sujata Prakash, and Pravina Drover

Countess Tatiana Bobrinskoy and Tatiana Grant

Somers Farkas and Barbara Tober

Chris Meigher, Grace Meigher, Heidi Canellopoulos, and Barbara de Portago

Richard Turley, Chau-Giang Thi Nguyen, and Vivek Mather

Patty Raynes and Cassandra Seidenfeld