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March 13, 2018 > Diversity celebrated at Unity Dinner

Diversity celebrated at Unity Dinner

Submitted By Indo-American Community Federation

Each year, the Indo-American Community Federation (IACF) hosts a ?Unity Dinner? to honor those in the community and celebrate and promote unity in diversity.

Founded in 1993 by Jeevan Zutshi, IACF was created as the first Indo-American organization to build bridges with mainstream organizations, diverse leadership, think tanks, and public officials. The non-profit aims to bring diverse people together to ?address serious issues facing the community at large, promote understanding and positive relations through seminars and conventions, and provide financial assistance to needy and deserving individuals.?

The first Unity Dinner was initiated in 2002, in the wake of September 11. The event has been promoted by Congressmen Pete Stark and Mike Honda, both of whom have attended every year without fail, including former Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi. It has been recognized by the State of California since 2012 by having a Unity Day celebration on the Assembly and Senate floor.

The 17th annual event takes place Friday, March 23 at the India Community Center in Milpitas under the theme ?Unity through Diversity: Ethics in Public Life and Public Service to Promote Unity.? Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs (APAPA) joins in the celebration this year as co-host.

?APAPA is a very dedicated national organization of Asians with the same goals as IACF, and we are very honored to get their attention,? said Zutshi. ?The coming together of these two organizations is historic.?

A social hour kicks off the evening, followed by a sumptuous Indian dinner, entertainment, various speakers and awards presentations, with music and dance performances and live DJ from NKD Arts to take you into the late hours. Basil R. Besh, M.D. and Sabina Chaudhuri, Miss Silicon Valley 2017, will serve as masters of ceremonies.

Attendees will hear from guest speakers California State Controller Betty Yee, and Dr. Archana Venkatesan, Department of Religious Studies Chair at UC Davis; San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo will deliver opening remarks. Attorney General Xavier Becerra has also been invited to speak; Becerra is the first Latino in the history of California to hold the office.

This year?s IACF Awards will be presented to Niles Rotary, 2017 Non-Profit Organization of the Year; Dutra Enterprises, Entrepreneur of the Year; Tri-City Voice, Media of the Year; and Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs, Trail Blazer Organization of 2017.

?This year we feel very excited to honor the Tri-City Voice, which is a very fair voice of the people,? said Zutshi.

Special guests at the Unity Dinner this year will be former Congressman Mike Honda and State Senator Bob Wieckowski. Honda will receive a lifetime achievement award from Indo-American Community Federation.

The Unity Dinner is supported by Platinum Sponsor San Jose Behavioral Health; Silver Sponsor Deepak Ganju, Managing Director, Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management; Media Sponsors India West, Tri-City Voice, and Diya TV; as well as many individuals and organizations.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call Jeevan Zutshi at (510) 589-3702.

Unity Dinner
Friday, Mar 23
6 p.m. ? 12 p.m.
India Community Center
525 Los Coches St, Milpitas
(510) 589-3702
Tickets: $80

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