SAN RAMON -- A "Bollywood Fusion" event Aug. 15 at Dougherty High School, organized through the combined efforts of several Tri-Valley high school students to increase awareness and raise funding to fight sex trafficking drew 400 attendees and brought in more than $15,000.

The event was organized by students Neha Makkapati, of Dougherty Valley High School in San Ramon; Shivi Bhatnagar, of Foothill High School in Pleasanton; and Leyka Mukkamala, of Dublin High School. Also helping were Jasmin Sondhi, of Irvington High School in Fremont; and Nikhil Kovelamudi, of Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose.

The festivities included Bollywood dance lessons, a fashion show, henna painting, a DJ and food. Vanessa Scott, founder of the Love Never Fails Anti-Trafficking Organization, spoke at the event about issues surrounding sex trafficking and youth in the Bay Area.

Assemblymember Joan Buchanan, Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty and Contra Costa County Supervisor Candace Andersen acknowledged the compassion, leadership and courage of the youth with certificates of recognition.

Neha Makkapati has also been named as the Love Never Fails Youth Commission Tri-Valley Ambassador. In this position she will advocate for the students of San Ramon, Dublin, Pleasanton and Livermore to receive education and to become more active in spreading awareness about the issue of sex trafficking.


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Love Never Fails is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation, education and protection of youth involved in or at risk of becoming involved in domestic sex trafficking. Further information on Love Never Fails can be found at its website: http://www.loveneverfailsus.com.