In celebration of India's Independence Day on August 15, the Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) of Chicago donated $25,000 to the Bhartiya Senior Citizens (BSC) of Chicago. The $25,000 was raised through a series of events to celebrate "India at 70," including a music concert by Bollywood artist Aishwarya Majmudar.
Among those who donated the $25,000 included Sunil Shah, founder and president of FIA Chicago; Onkar Singh Sangha, and Mukesh Shah. The three presented the check to Haribhai Patel, president of BSC, at a Jain Center Auditorium banquet on August 11 in celebration of India's Independence Day. "The money has been donated to accelerate BSC's ongoing efforts to build its own facility for the community seniors," said Sunil Shah.
According to newspaper outlet India West, Mukesh Shah stated, “This event is a reminder to the Indian American youth to evaluate the merits of their cultural background as they strive to live in this country and face the challenges to trade of their morals, values, and personal philosophies.” And Sangha, while addressing the crowd, "rejected the idea of India being called a third world country, calling it a 'misnomer.'" In fact, he stressed that India is a growing power and is the third biggest economy right now. After all of the addresses, the Indian and American national anthems were sung by Rita Shah and Ashley Singh. Then, the celebration continued with Bollywood numbers and other famous Indian patriotic songs.
Dignitaries at the event included Indian American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, state Senator Cristina Castro, Hanover Township supervisor Brian McQuire, trustees Craig Essick and Eugene Martinez, state Senator Laura Murphey, and MWRD commissioner Frank Avila.
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