•  Saturday, Oct. 20
  •  6:30 PM
  •  Bergen Academies Auditorium

Gala 2018 - About the Gala

Attention Gala Attendees: We've added a FAQ and will be updating it as we get closer to the show date.

About the Gala

Now in its 36th year, our Annual Gala & Fundraiser serves to honor our beneficiaries as well as our generous donors who help us provide critical resources and opportunities for those in need.

The people we serve in remote, rural areas of India are among the most marginalized members of society. They live in poverty and often face extreme discrimination. Most lack access to basic necessities. Through our holistic, community-based Signature Programs, we provide them with critical resources for survival as well as opportunities for education, gender equality training, abuse prevention, and more.

This year's gala will focus on the phrase: Educate a Child. Enable a Woman. Empower a Nation. The event will celebrate the power of a single person to enact great change. When children have access and encouragement to complete their education, they grow up to become innovators, community leaders, and mentors for their peers. When women are enabled to reach their full potential, they provide for their families and advocate for gender equality and human rights in their societies. When we offer a brighter future to just one individual, we light a spark that can empower an entire nation. We hope you will join us for an evening of song and celebration on Saturday, October 20, 2018.

About the Show

Discover the stories behind hit Bollywood songs! "Main Koi Aisa Geet Gaoon" is a live program created and hosted by Hindi cinema's most celebrated script writer, lyricist, and poet Padma Bhushan Shri Javed Akhtar.

» Read more about the show


Tickets will go on sale Monday, September 17.


If you're unable to attend the Gala, we hope you'll consider supporting our programs with a one-time or recurring gift.



As we near the big day, we’ll update our FAQ as often as needed to keep you informed. If you have any questions not answered here, please let us know at 201-262-7599.



Our weather widget at right shows the weather for Hackensack four days out (start checking Tuesday, Oct. 16 for the Gala night forecast). A cool feature: You can hover over the widget to see additional information, and can click on the Rain and Wind tabs for specific information on each.

You may also visit: Weather Channel Current Forecast.


Q: Can I buy tickets on the day of the show (Saturday 10/20)?

A: Tickets will be available for sale at the venue from 5:00pm to 6:00pm.


Q: Where can I pick up my pre-paid and pre-ordered tickets?

A: Pre-paid and pre-ordered tickets will be available for pick up at box office on the day of the event. Please arrive by 5:00 pm to avoid lines. The box office will close at 6:15pm


Q: What time should I arrive?

A: The show begins at 6:30pm and entrance to the show is at 5:30pm. Please come early to avoid the lines.


Q: Where do I park?

A: Free parking is available in the upper and lower lots at the venue.


Q: Where can I see the seating chart?

A: You can view and/or download the seating chart as a PDF.


Q: How do I get to the Bergen Academies Auditorium?

A: The Bergen Academies Auditorium is located at 200 Hackensack Ave, Hackensack, NJ 07601. Click “Directions” to access directions from your location.

Q: Will there be food available?

A: Yes, snacks will be available for purchase with CASH ONLY with proceeds being donated to Share & Care Foundation. There will be food packages for $10 as well as tea and water also available for purchase. Food will be available from 5:30 until the end of intermission. Come early and enjoy!


Share & Care’s yearly Gala event is a must-attend experience, one you’ll never forget. Last year’s show raised more than $1,000,000 to help the underprivileged women and children of rural India. We hope we’ll see you there.