One highlight during the meeting was the 10th Anniversary Awards for Excellence recognizing the special contribution of key individuals in Special Olympics Bharat’s growth. Honorees included Shrimati Jaishree Banerji, a veteran Parliamentarian and Social Worker, who joined the Board of Trustees of Special Olympics Bharat in its beginning, and Shri Satish Pillai, a senior executive with Tata Steel, India’s largest private sector steel company.
Mrs. Banerji singlehandedly raised funds for Special Olympics Bharat to meet its national and international commitments to programs. She is a driving force in a prominent family that is extensively involved in social work. Mr. Pillai is responsible for Tata’s CSR program. In 2010, he received the Dhyan Chand Lifetime Award from the President of India for his charity work. Mr. Pillai also supported the Special Olympics Teams to compete in both World Summer and Winter Games. He is now a Trustee on the Board of Directors and continues to support the Program.