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May 7, 2008 > Charity ball aids Tri-City community organizations

Charity ball aids Tri-City community organizations

By Sam Rao

In what has become a welcome event in the Tri-City area, the annual Indo-American Charity Ball is once again making its appearance on Saturday, May 10th for the fifth time. Organized by the non-profit, community-based Indo-Americans for a Better Community (Indo ABC), this event has, each year, raised significant contributions for local charitable groups.

Founder-organizers Drs. Ranjana and Rakesh Sharma said, "Our all-volunteer group has donated an average of $30,000 every year to worthy local causes, and we intend to achieve that or surpass it again. With the generous donations from our sponsors and the help of matching grants, we have contributed over $250,000 to local charities to date."

Indo ABC has held these events regularly and donations have been made to benefit the Tri City Homeless Coalition (TCHC) and LIFE ElderCare Inc. This year TCHC and the Fremont Senior Center Meal program will be the beneficiaries. The Tri-City Homeless Coalition provides shelter, housing and support programs to homeless people. One of their programs, "Project Independence," assists newly emancipated foster youth with housing. The Fremont Senior Center provides a "second home" for many seniors who live alone, as well as those who want to enhance their lives. Last year, the senior center cooked and served over 30,000 hot meals.

The event usually has a wide variety of entertainment; guests enjoy great music, dancing by local talent, and great food. This year promises an exceptional lineup of performers leading to presentations of grants to the selected charities. A social hour will be followed by a formal dinner and a multi-cultural program, including Western Line dance; Indian Classical Kathak dance, Jazz music and also an Indian Bollywood movie dance performance. Master of Ceremonies will be Indo ABC volunteers, Dr. Moses Taghioff, Ms. Monisha Jain and Dr Goney Sandhu. A feature presentation will highlight the work done by recipient charity organizations.

"Your sponsorship of the Fifth Annual Charity Ball will strengthen our community. Your support will help homeless people and families return to stable and productive lives, and assure that needy seniors receive healthy meals. These positive changes will help transform our community and change our lives for the better," said Dr. Sharma and added, "The unique feature of our charity fundraisers is that we make a donation right then and there at the event with a real check. We don't take pledges or will calls or make payments later on, which is unlike many other such fundraisers."

Dr. Moses Taghioff, Master of Ceremonies at the 3rd Annual Indo-American Charity Ball in 2006, echoed the sentiment of the recipient charity, saying, "If you have clothes on your back, food in your mouth, and a roof over your head, you are more fortunate than 75 percent of the world's population."

Along with their trademark annual Indo-American Charity Ball fundraiser, the Indo ABC organization has also consistently helped local causes including a donation of $25,001 to the Ohlone College Foundation at the beginning of the year 2008, which was matched by the Gladys Foundation, netting the Ohlone Foundation over $50,000. "All in all, the Indo ABC events have been great successes, including the annual Charity ball. Each year, worthy local causes receive much needed monetary aid, and the community truly steps up to achieve the goal of helping our homeless and needy. I plan to be there," said K. Shah of Fremont.

For more information, please call Rakesh or Ranjana Sharma at (510) 468-4680 or online at http://www.indoabc.com/charityball.htm.

Fifth Annual Indo-American Charity Ball
Saturday, May 10
6:30 p.m.
The Hilton, Newark/Fremont
39900 Balentine Drive, Newark
(510) 490-8390

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