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May 7, 2013 > Annual Charity Ball meets community needs

Annual Charity Ball meets community needs

By Julie Grabowski

Feeding the hungry, educating kids, helping those in need to establish stronger, stable, happier lives; this is the work of community, of individuals and groups looking beyond themselves to make a difference and build a stronger, brighter place to live.

Through volunteer work and supporting local charities, Indo-Americans for Better Community (IndoABC) fully embraces this charge. Since 2000, the nonprofit organization has been raising funds and educating the community about supportive services in our own backyard. The annual Charity Ball is IndoABC's main fundraising event, this year celebrating its 10th anniversary.

The Annual Charity Ball has been a success since its inception, drawing over 300 guests - local leaders, businesses, and community members - and contributing over $450,000 to local charities including Abode Services, Life Elder Care, Kidango, Fremont Senior Center, Ohlone College Foundation, and Fremont Family Resource Center's Discovery Cove child care services.

A glamorous black tie affair with a formal sit-down dinner, the event will begin with a reception during which attendees can enjoy a glass of wine and hors d'oeuvres and socialize. The evening's entertainment includes the return of Yoko's Dance and Performing Arts Academy, Rita's Rock-n-Rodeo, and Aerial Dance from San Jose. IndoABC Founder and President Dr. Rakesh Sharma says, "We feel really blessed." The time and talent donated by these performers is an incredible gift that is appreciated by all of us. "They enjoy it and believe in what we're doing."

Two charities are highlighted each year and awarded checks, ready to be put to good use. Abode Services, providing housing and a myriad of services to homeless throughout Alameda County, will once again be honored. Abode is based in Fremont and provides. The second recipient is Meals on Wheels, delivering meals and friendly contact to over 350 homebound and disabled adults in the Tri-Cities.

Donations from the event will be matched by the Sobrato Family Foundation, the charitable giving arm of the Sobrato Organization, a real estate and development company based in Cupertino, which invests in nonprofits in Santa Clara, San Mateo, and Southern Alameda counties to serve those most in need and strengthen communities and build relationships.

Although the May 11 event marks a significant milestone of the Charity Ball - its 10th anniversary - the focus of the evening remains simple and unfettered - helping others and making a difference. Looking toward the future, Dr. Sharma shares one big dream: "I want to hit a million dollar goal." With the help of matching grants, IndoABC has already reached the midway point. "That's not a bad record," says Dr. Sharma. He is confident that with the consistent and active support of the community, reaching his goal is not far away.

The IndoABC Charity Ball offers a great opportunity to get involved and have fun while supporting the Tri-City community.

Tickets are $60 per person or $600 for a table of 10 ($10 per ticket is considered a charitable donation and is tax deductible). For those who cannot attend but wish to contribute, donations can be sent to: Indo-Americans for Better Community, 707 Pilgrim Loop, Fremont, CA 94539. All donations are tax deductible. For more information, call (510) 657-0396 or visit

Indo-American Charity Ball
Saturday, May 11
6:30 p.m.
Hilton Newark/Fremont
39900 Balentine Dr., Newark
(510) 657-0396
Tickets: $60

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