WINTER PARK, Fla., March 8, 2019—Runway to Hope, a Central Florida non-profit dedicated to fighting pediatric cancer, announced that Anurag Dandiya, the Founder and CEO of Anthros Inc., has been unanimously elected to its Board of Directors. Runway to Hope is the first charity in Central Florida to have raised over $1 million from a single event and has been recognized more than a dozen times as the best charity event in Central Florida since its inception in 2010.
Co-founded by renowned Orlando attorney Mark NeJame of NeJame Law and his wife Josie, Runway to Hope has raised more than $7 million. Runway to Hope provides direct support and aid to children and families affected by pediatric cancer through its Family Assistance Program. The organization’s signature fundraising event is a fashion show featuring children who are battling or have overcome pediatric cancer. In addition, Runway to Hope has currently pledged more than $1.5 million to each of Central Florida’s three children’s hospitals to provide new or expanded programs, treatments and care to pediatric cancer patients.
“Anurag is a leader and innovator in the human resources field, known for his focus on relationship-building and helping clients use human resources as a tool to build their legacy and their brand,” said Mark NeJame. “His empathy towards others, his creative approach towards operations, his immense organizational skills, and boundless contacts further elevates our efforts to transform the lives of children and families affected by pediatric cancer.”
“When I met Mark, I identified right away how deeply compassionate he is. We both share the mindset that we are blessed to be where we are, and want to be out there in the community giving back,” said Dandiya. “Runway to Hope has had a tremendous impact on innumerable children and families in Central Florida, battling the scourge of pediatric cancer, and I am pleased to devote myself to its mission by serving alongside Mark, Josie, and the other passionate members of its board.”
Dandiya has been in the human resources and Professional Employer Organization (PEO) industry for more than two decades and is known for his willingness to re-engineer the service delivery model to meet client needs. Before founding Anthros, he served as Executive Vice President and Director at HR outsourcing companies with annual revenues of more than $1.2 billion. He negotiated a $400 million client acquisition, the largest to date in the PEO industry, along with two other acquisitions valued at over $100 million.
Since 2014, Dandiya has served on the Board of Directors for the Florida Association of Professional Employer Organizations (FAPEO). He is also a member of executive coaching organization Vistage International, as well as the Ferrari Club Racing Association. In 2011, he was named Rookie of the Year by the Ferrari Club, and in 2012 he won the 360 Ferrari Challenge Daytona race. A leader in corporate and social responsibility, Dandiya is a Founding Donor at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and an Honorary Founding Member of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Foundation.