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March 14, 2017 > Building a tapestry of colorful cultures

Building a tapestry of colorful cultures

Submitted By Indo-American Community Federation

Indo-American Community Federation (IACF) continues their work of promoting understanding and unity within diversity with their 16th annual Unity Dinner on Friday, March 24. A nonprofit corporation founded in 1994, IACF strives to build bridges with mainstream organizations, diverse leadership, think tanks, and public officials. The Unity Dinner began in the wake of 9/11 to encourage harmony and united communities.

The theme this year is Renewing Our Commitment to Promoting Unity, which resonates so well with the prevailing political climate, says IACF Founder Jeevan Zutshi. There are 45 public officials attending including California State Controller Betty Yee, California Board of Equalization Chair Fiona Ma, California State Senator Bob Wieckowski, Assembly members and Consul General of India. The entire City Council and the mayor of Fremont will be attending.

This years Masters of Ceremonies are Basil R. Besh, M.D. and David Bonaccorsi, Esq.; the Honorable Venkatesan Ashok, Consul General of India, will be the keynote speaker. Other guest speakers include Board of Equalization Chairwoman Fiona Ma and Sanjit Dang, Investment Director, Intel Capital. Honorees include Fremont Unified District Teachers Association, Asian Democratic Caucus, and Abode.

There will be a cultural program of dance and music featuring Chinese dances, belly dancing by Maria Sokolova, and Indian dances organized by Vijaya AAsuri. Swagat Indian Cuisine will provide sumptuous Indian food. After recognition of 2016 and 2017 IACF honorees, musical entertainment is scheduled from 9:15 p.m. to midnight with live DJ by NKD Arts, and Aditi Srinivasan, the Bay Area's well known Hollywood/ Bollywood singer.

Godrej Properties Limited, a very reputable builder from India, will display their services in the lobby of the India Community Center from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. giving people an opportunity to consider buying their dream homes in India, says Zutshi.

This years event is supported by the Association of Indo-Americans (AIA) and GOPIO Silicon Valley, Ashok Bhatt.

Tickets are $80 per person or $1,000 for a VIP table of ten. Part of the proceeds will go to promoting healthy living through the Amit Zutshi Foundation.

Unity Dinner
Friday, Mar 24
6 p.m. Ð 12 midnight
India Community Center
525 Los Coches Street, Milpitas
(510) 589-3702
Tickets: $80 per person

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