When an organisation working for a good cause receives a donation, things become much easier. Thus, philanthropists who accelerate the working of such organisations deserve applause.
Recently, Columbia University, based in Manhattan, New York recognised philanthropists Sudhir Choudhrie, wife Anita Choudhire along with the Choudhrie Family Foundation for their generous donation.
At the time of university’s dedication of its medical center’s marvelous medical and graduate education building, the Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center, the university Choudhrie family was received further laurels.
Choudhrie Family Student Lounge, a dedicated spot for medical students to take a break from the daily hustle-bustle to enjoy some relaxing moments.
“My good friends Sudhir and Anita Choudhrie are major benefactors for the building and great friends of Columbia," dean of the faculties of health sciences and medicine Lee Goldman said reaffirming his friendship with Sudhir. "I want to thank you for contributing your friendship and how much you mean to all of us here at the medical center.”
Sudhir Choudhrie, an Indian-born businessman and philanthropist living in London, received a heart transplant operation at the Columbia University Medical Center in 1999.
As a mark of gratefulness, ten years later, in 2009, the Choudhrie family donated $2.5 million to set-up the Sudhir Choudhrie Professorship of Cardiology.
University president Lee C. Bollinger called the Choudhries, who were accompanied by their son Dhairya at the ceremony, and all other donors, “Columbian families through and through; you just can’t say enough about what these families have done for Columbia.”
The gigantic 100,000 square-foot, 14-story education center, made up of technologically advanced classrooms, collaboration spaces and a modern simulation center, as well as the Choudhrie Family Student Lounge, is likely to officially open in August.