NEW YORK (TIP): A statement from the US-based NGO- Children’s Hope India (CHI) said Nooyi would be felicitated with the Special Impact Award at their annual gala to be held at Pier Sixty in Manhattan on October 13. Born in Chennai, Nooyi had studied business management from the premier Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata. Founded in 1992 by a group of Indian American women professionals, CHI sponsors health, education and vocational programs for thousands of children in India. They support over 20 projects reaching out to over 20,000 children per year in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Bhuj, Pune, Jabalpur and several villages in Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu. In addition to Nooyi’s award, CHI will also honor human rights activist Mallika Dutt, who founded the human rights group ‘Breakthrough’, with the ‘Making a Difference’ Award. Sundaram Tagore, noted gallerist and descendant of the Tagore family, Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien and fashion designer Rachel Roy will receive ‘Spirit of Bengal’ Awards. Through this year’s theme ‘Viva Calcutta!’, the auditorium at Manhattan’s Pier Sixty would pay a sparkling tribute to the city of Kolkata and its riches of art, culture, fashion and cuisine. Over 500 guests from near and far, including Ambassador Dnyaneshwar M Mulay, Consul General of India, have been invited for the gala, the release said.