For some people, it becomes a habit to make others smile. It can be a mere gesture of kindness, catering to someone’s need, or a life changing donation.
Choudhrie Family Foundation has spread smiles by doing all three across decades of philanthropy. The Foundation along with Sudhir Choudhrie was thus honoured at the official dedication of Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center of the Columbia University Medical Centre.
The medical and graduate center has a remarkable new building, the Choudhrie Family Student Lounge – a dedicated center for medical students to steal a breather out of their mundane routine and relax for a while.
Sudhir Choudhrie attended the event with wife Anita and son Dhairya.
Lee Goldman, Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center took the opportunity to say “My good friends Bunny (Sudhir) and Anita Choudhrie are major benefactors for the building and great friends of Columbia.” He also added, “I want to thank you for contributing your friendship and how much you mean to all of us here at the medical center.”
Sudhir was operated upon for a heart transplant in 1999, which the doctors at the medical center successfully undertook. A decade later the family thanked the center with a donation of $2.5 million that established the Sudhir Choudhrie Professorship of Cardiology.
Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger labeled the Choudhries and other donors “Columbian families through and through; you just can’t say enough about what these families have done for Columbia.”
The education center is built on marvelous architecture and includes technologically equipped classrooms, collaboration spaces and a modern simulation center. August will see operations begin in the 100,000 square foot and 14-storey education center.