During Kula for Karma’s annual gala on November 7th, we’re introducing The Giving Forest, a new way for the Kula community to help us grow our programming.
What is the Giving Forest?
The Giving Forest is made up of several symbolic trees, each representing a different element of Kula’s work. There are two types of trees:
- Spirit Trees that help us expand Kula’s mission and vision
- Passion Trees that support specific programs in honor of your own or your loved one’s personal journey
Leading up to, and during this year’s gala, you can purchase a $50, $75 or $100 leaf for the tree of your choice. For each leaf you purchase, you will receive a beautiful bracelet made with love by our volunteers.
For more information about each of our trees and their individual meaning, see below:
The leaves on each of our two Spirit Trees embrace the very spirit of Kula’s mission, supporting our ability to design new programs, create new classes, serve new groups, and deliver tools of healing, at no cost to participants. Each leaf purchased will support one of the following elements of our programming:
- Teacher training
- Ongoing program evaluations
- Development of new techniques
- Technology needs
- Staffing for every aspect of our organization
Contributing a leaf to a Spirit Tree extends from your heart directly to the heart of Kula for Karma, and benefits everyone we touch.
Each of our three Passion Trees supports one of our programs, so your gift will go to the population you are most passionate about supporting:
- The Barbara Infeld Cancer Fund Giving Tree: Founder Geri Topfer’s mother, Barbara Infeld, embodied the volunteer energy that propels Kula for Karma forward; she was invaluable to Kula’s progress. Through her three-year battle with breast and ovarian cancer, Barbara’s yoga practice helped her manage symptoms and improved her overall sense of well-being. With this Giving Tree, we thank her for her unwavering support of Kula and the legacy of her commitment as a wife, mother and grandmother. Your gift will ensure that Kula can give more cancer patients access to the extraordinary benefits of our therapeutic yoga programs.
- The Dr. Larry Rosen Children’s Fund Giving Tree: Children’s programs are an essential and evolving aspect of Kula’s mission. Revolutionary pediatrician and Kula Medical Advisory Board member, Dr. Larry Rosen, has helped to shape our understanding and celebration of the whole child with a mind-body approach to healing. With his guidance and support, we have developed an Integrative Pediatric Program that underscores the many benefits of therapeutic yoga for children of all ages. Your gift will help even more children gain a sense of accomplishment, as well as a boost in focus, self-esteem and confidence, through a healthful, fun and supportive yoga practice.
- The Fund-a-Program Giving Tree: We’re always looking for new ways to expand our programming in support of the many individuals who need yoga most. The Fund-a-Program Giving Tree will allow us to build out existing programs and create new ones. By contributing to the Fund-a-Program Giving Tree, you could become the benefactor to a veterans’ class, a rehabilitation program, or a program for seniors, to name a few possibilities.
No matter which tree you choose to contribute to, your support is extraordinarily impactful, and a direct expression of your belief in Kula’s mission. Your generosity will ensure that a growing number of people have access to yoga and meditation, free of cost, which is an incredible and life-changing gift.
We’d love for you to join us at this year’s Gala, which will be held at the Hilton Pearl River on Monday, November 7th. At the Gala, we’ll come together with our supporters and friends to connect with one another, celebrate community, and, of course, taste delicious foods from some of the area’s best restaurants. If you’d like to join us, you can get your tickets here.
If you are unable to join us this year but would like to purchase a leaf for a Giving Tree, you can do so here.
Thank you, as always, for your support! We hope to see you on November 7th.