The eighth Annual fundraiser for the Padma Organization will be held this Friday, Dec. 6, at Fuego Bistro and Pizzeria, 2001 Sidewinder Dr. from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.
The organization was begun by Luke Hanley a Park City High School graduate. Following the completion of his studies at the University of Utah, he traveled to Kathmandu, Nepal, to study Buddhism, and fell in love with the street children of Kathmandu.
With a social worker and the help of his high school and 12-Step friends in America, the first fundraiser for these children was held in Park City.
Using the money, Hanley started a home for the children, many of whom lived in poverty or had parents that were alcoholics or drug addicts.
There are currently there are 14 children living in the home, known as the Padma Home, with four others supported in their education.
The commitment of Padma Organization, a nonprofit organization, is to help the impoverished of Nepal.
Today, Hanley lives in Kathmandu, with his three sons and his wife, Rinchen. He is continuing his study of Buddhism and also studies Tibetan at the University. He will become a translator of both the spoken and written ancient language of Tibet.
Hanley and his family maintain a close relationship with Palan, the administrator of the children's home and the children. While the children spend six days a week at school and much of their time studying, they also have game days and field trips that American travelers are welcomed to share.
Last January, Hanley's mother Heidi, traveled to Kathmandu to spend time with the Padma children.
She was greeted with song and dance by the children and tea was served.
The children all learn English at school so they practice with the American visitors. Since it was, Palan had organized a trip to the south of Nepal to visit the jungle.
They stayed two nights at a guest hotel.
Although, it was very clean and the people were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, there was no hot water, or heat and limited electricity. Because the temperature was close to freezing at night, extra blankets for the beds were added.
Still, the rides on the elephants and evening campfires made the experience memorable for all.
Heidi Hanley was not the only visitor to Katmandu this year. Other Padma board members, Courtney Boldt and Edward Jones visited as well.
Palan and Luke were able to arrange activities with the children as well as accommodations and sightseeing for the them.
Saturday's fundraiser at Fuego is the main event for the Padma Organization for the year.
Food, shelter, clothing and education for the Padma Children's Home costs $1,300 a month.
As there are no administrative expenses paid to operate the non-profit, 100 percent of the donations will help the cause.
The Padma Home Fundraiser will be held at the Fuego Bistro and Pizzaria on Friday, Dec. 6, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. The event will include video of the Padma Children's home, silent auction, Himalayan goods, jewelry from India, an opportunity drawing and a pizza dinner. Ticket prices presale are $15 person, $25 per couple. Tickets will be $20 per person. Email HeidiHanley@gmail.com or call 435-640-4452 to order tickets.