June 15, 2001
Volume XXXIV, No. 24

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PREMIEre Program benefit hailed as a success

Group Photo (R-L) Carolyn McLerran, coordinator of the PREMIEre Program, and Kavi Thankavel, chair of the board of trustees of the Arathi School of Indian Dance, present a $10,000 check to Irene Sandate and Cliff White, MS-II, co-chairs of the PREMIEre advisory board, as (L-R) Dr. Rajam Ramamurthy, professor of pediatrics, and Dr. Steven Seidner, director of the division of neonatology, look on.



"La Meri," the Indian dance event held this past fall at the Arathi School of Indian Dance, raised $10,000 to benefit the PREMIEre Program. The event was a huge artistic and financial success, Dr. Rajam Ramamurthy, professor of pediatrics in the division of neonatology and organizer of the event, said.

"Funds will support much-needed services such as developmental testing, early intervention and many other services that will enhance normal outcome of these very low-birth-weight infants," Dr. Ramamurthy said. "The PREMIEre Program advisory board thanks the corporate sponsors and the Asian-Indian community for their wonderful support."

Kavi Thankavel, chair of the board of trustees of the dance school, presented Irene Sandate and Cliff White, co-chairs of the PREMIEre Program advisory board, with the $10,000 check at an April gathering arranged by Dr. Steven Seidner, director of the division of neonatology.

"La Meri" was the brainchild of Dr. Ramamurthy, who is a founding member of the Arathi School of Indian Dance.


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