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May 28, 2008 > Indo-American Unity Dinner

Indo-American Unity Dinner

By Sam Rao

The idea of an "Indo-American Unity Dinner" took shape in the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy. The first Unity Dinner was held in January 2002 and has grown in size since then. Organizers have said, "This event gives the community an opportunity to understand different cultures, come closer and also meet their elected representatives in a social setting."

For the past seven years, unity has been the goal of the Indo-American Community Federation (IACF-USA), a non-profit corporation whose mission is to showcase Indian culture to mainstream America. Hosting their seventh annual Unity in Diversity dinner banquet on Friday, May 30, many in the greater Tri-City community will gather to honor this goal. Co-sponsored by the Federation of Indo-Americans, National Federation of Indian American Associations and Global Organization of the People of Indian origin, the event has always been popular with all segments of the community.

"The purpose of the event is to bring public officials together with diverse community leadership," said IACF founder Jeevan Zutshi, who stressed the need for all citizens to get involved. Performances will highlight the theme, "Bringing the Community Together." Masters of Ceremonies Shefali Razdan Duggal and Rahul Zutshi will introduce a multi-cultural program including folk dances from India and China and the Maestero del Folkorico Mexicano dancers.

This annual event has attracted many public officials including Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi, who will be the Guest of Honor this year. Congress Member Pete Stark will deliver a keynote speech and Arthur Chen of the Alameda Alliance will be the guest speaker whose topic is Public Health and Medicine - A Natural Collaboration?" Community leaders and public figures will be recognized by IACF, and an award for Citizen of the Year will be presented.

For more information, please go online to To purchase tickets, please mail your check to IACF, P O Box 14902, Fremont, CA 94539.

Indo-American Unity dinner
Friday, May 30
6:30 p.m. to Midnight
Hilton Newark/Fremont
39900 Balentine Drive, Newark
(510) 589-3702

$75/Person, $140/ Couple, $700 table of ten
No registration at the door

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