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March 25, 2009 > 2009 Unity Dinner to celebrate children

2009 Unity Dinner to celebrate children

By Rhonda Rigenhagen

"Unity through Diversity: A New Day for America's Children" is the theme of the 8th Annual Unity Dinner. The event, hosted by the Indo-American Community Federation, celebrates diversity while promoting acceptance and understanding among Tri-City ethnic and religious cultures.

As master of ceremonies, Newark Mayor Dave Smith will present an evening of dining, entertainment, acknowledgements, and dignitaries. Deborah Roderick Stark, First Five Alameda County commissioner, will deliver the keynote speech: "Every Child Counts."

Regular participants look forward to a variety of entertainment each year, and 2009 will be no exception. Dancing Without Borders, Mountain International Dance Company and Canyon Band will be among the performers.

Sponsoring organizations include seven other Indian-American associations and four community groups.

The annual tradition started a few months after airplanes crashed into the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the fields of Pennsylvania. People of many nationalities and religions faced discrimination, fear, anger and intolerance in the aftermath of 9-11.

"It was important to bring people of different backgrounds and cultures together to foster unity in the community," said Jeevan Zutshi, Federation founder and chairman. The event was so well received it has continued every year since.

On Friday, March 27, social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner (vegetarian meals available) and complimentary wine. Pre-registration is required. Visit for more information.

8th Annual Unity Dinner
Friday, Mar 27
6:30 p.m. to midnight
Hilton Newark/Fremont
39900 Balentine Dr., Newark
(510) 589-3702

$85/person, $160/couple, $800/table of 10

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