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EGMH 2nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament kicks off with a Full House

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 It was a gorgeous afternoon for the 2nd annual Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston charity golf tournament on Monday, October 9th at Willow Fork Country Club in Katy, Texas. 

20 teams/80 players participated in this fun filled team scramble format tournament. 

 Registration started at 11:00 AM with contestants preparing afterwards at the driving range and then participating in the challenging putting contest where the Gandhi stamp collection was proudly displayed. 

Allen Lea, EGMH museum director, and Rennes McCloud, EGMH program director, masterfully coordinated all the set up for the tournament in the morning. Participants had the opportunity to view the 3D model of the Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston prominently displayed at the pavilion where the registration took place. 

Volunteers including Nina Wani and Jigisha Wani cheerfully handed out goody bags which included a sleeve of balls, comfortable golf jerseys (both with EGMH logos), golf towels donated by Wallis Bank, and snacks. 

Sanjay Jain, EGMH trustee, sponsored a delicious, healthy Subway lunch for everyone. 

Wes Blankenship, golf pro at Willow Fork Country Club, provided instructions to all the participants and the tournament started at 1pm sharp using a shotgun format. 

It was a beautiful day with light winds making it a picture-perfect day for golf. The teams competed in an 18-hole, scramble format tournament. 

EGMH Board of Trustees members, G.V. Krishnan, Ajit Paralkar, and Sesh Bala drove around in golf carts clicking action shots of all the players with their teams. 

Please visit to view the photo album created by Ajit Paralkar, EGMH Board of Trustee. 

After finishing 18 holes, the official scorecards were handed to the golf pro and all the participants were invited upstairs in the ballroom where they were treated to a delicious all you 

can eat Italian buffet dinner sponsored by an anonymous donor. Board of Trustee Dr. Manish Wani gave a brief update on the Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston and encouraged all to get involved and visit the first museum in the Americas dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi and the universal values of peace, truth, and non-violence. All the participants were given a free admission ticket to the museum. 

The Golf Pro tabulated the scores, and the following teams were awarded the beautiful plaques: 

1st Place (-18): HCA Clear Lake Hospital Team -Todd Caleva, Doug Sobotik, Greg Cox, Andy Cox 

2nd Place (-16): Kayoor Gajarawala Team – Kayoor Gajarawala, Izza Dandia, Vince Martino, Vic Mehra 

3rd Place (-15): Palace Inn Team – Divyesh Das, Raj Das, Manhar Das, Bhavin Bhakta 

4th Place (-14): Christopher Catterall Team – Colin Verges, Christopher Catterall, Jason Carmack, Jeffrey Thompson 

Putting contest: Rahul Wani 

Longest Drive: Vince Martino 

Over $45,000 were raised for EGMH in the golf tournament. Special thanks to our sponsors including: 

-Hole in one sponsor: Texas ENT Specialists and International Specialty Produce 

Birdie Sponsors: Heart Care Center of Northwest Houston, Methodist West Hospital, HCA Hospital, Texas Capital Bank, Wallis Bank, JK Tyre, Palace Inn, and World Steel, Inc. 

We are grateful to all the volunteers and all the players who with their smiling faces and cheerful attitudes made this a very fun, successful event. We look forward to hosting this event next year with a tentative date set for Monday, October 14th, 2024. 

To learn more Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston, please visit or contact Dr. Manish Wani at 713-829-6979. 

EGMH is Open to The Public

Good news! Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston is now open 6 days a week! The hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Sunday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Thursday hours are extended to 7:00 pm.

Tickets can be purchased at the museum or by visiting us at

India Independence Day Celebration

Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston attended the Independence Day Celebration at the Stafford Center on August 20, 2023. To help celebrate and spread the news of the museum’s opening, volunteers distributed over 500 flyers to attendees during the event.

A special thanks to (pictured left to right) Krishna Merchant, Pankaj Desai, Khushi Kawedia and Ayushi Kawedia for volunteering at the booth.

EGMH meets Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston received an honored invitation to meet Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, humanitarian, spiritual leader and an ambassador of peace and human values. Through his life and work, Gurudev has inspired millions around the world with a vision of a stress-free, violence-free world.

Pictured left to right: Ajit Paralkar, Rita Kothari, Atul Kothari, Sri Sri Ravi, GV Krishnan, Dr. Bhuvaneshwari Krishnan, Prabha Bala, Sesh Bala and Allen Lea.

Volunteer Spotlight

Every month we will spotlight one of our amazing EGMH volunteers in the newsletter. This month, we would like to introduce Rani Chilukuri!

Where are you from?
Houston, but originally the Southern part of India. We moved here from Hyderabad in 1976.

Why did you join EGMH?
I like volunteering at this museum as I have been waiting so long for the project to be completed.

What do you like most about volunteering?
I like to meet new people and answer all their questions.

What is the last book that you read?
Becoming Michelle Obama

What is your favorite hobby?

What is the next place on your travel bucket list?
Greece and Barcelona

If you had to eat only one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Salad and fruit.

What is one item that you could not live without?
My Phone

A huge thank you to Rani! We appreciate your continued support and the positive energy you bring to EGMH.

Visit the Museum Giftshop!

Stop by the museum today and visit the gift shop. From jewelry and books to souvenirs and home decoration, the EGMH gift shop has something for everyone!

Cannot make it in-person? Check out to browse all the special and unique items in the gift shop.

EGMH Partnering with 2023 Jaipur Literature Festival.

Get ready for the exhilarating return of the Jaipur Festival to Houston! The 6th edition of JLF Houston will be taking place from September 15th-17th, 2023.

Please find the schedule below or click here for more information. Registration is required. On September 15th:

– Afternoon Session followed by an Opening Reception at University of Houston: 3 PM onwards On September 16th:

– Full day of Sessions at Asia Society, Texas: 10 AM – 5:45 PM, followed by a Reception. On September 17th:

– Morning Session at Rothko Chapel: 9 AM onwards

– Reception followed by a Film Screening and a Session at Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston: 5 PM onwards

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