The Federation of Indian Associations Chicago celebrated Mother's Day and an event to Kick off its grand Gala signature event celebrating India's 75th Independence Day (Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav)

  • FIA executive and Advisory board with invited guestSuresh Bodiwala

    FIA executive and Advisory board with invited guestSuresh Bodiwala

Updated 5/20/2022 11:05 AM

The Federation of Indian Associations Chicago (FIA), a 501 ( C ) 3 organization celebrated Mother's Day and Kick off fundraising for grand Gala signature event Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav on Friday - May 13, 2022 at Ashton Banquets, 341 75th St, Willowbrook, IL

India's 75th Independence Day (Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav) on the 7th of August 2022 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention and FIA India flag hoisting & cultural program at Camera park , Glendale Heights on August 13th, 2022.


The Emcees for the event Neil Khot and Anu Malhotra to the stage thanking the attendees for gracing the event celebrating mothers and extolling the true virtues of a mother in ones life. The Emcees invited Founder President and Chairman Sunil Shah and Mrs. Rita Shah to the dais. Mrs. Shah inaugurated the evening with a rendition of a traditional bhajan. Followed by a song paying tribute to all mothers. Sunil Shah Chairman FIA welcomed all the dignitaries Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, State Senator Laura Murphy, Mayor Tom Dailly , Cook County Commissioner Kevin Morrison, and Oakbrook Trustee Suresh Reddy , Trustee Syed Hussaini of Hanover Park and the who's who of the Indian Asian community Dr. Bharat Barai, Deepak Kant Vyas, Dr. Anil Oraskar, Mr. Dinesh Thakkar, Mr. Manish Gandhi, Mr. Suresh Bodiwala, and others for gracing the even.

Sunil Shah then called on stage Current President of The FIA Hitesh Gandhi while welcoming and thanking the attendees outlined the achievements of the FIA during the year and provided information on FIA's Independence Day Gala celebrating India's 75th Independence Day (Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav) on the 7th of August 2022 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center. The FIA has been very active in community social and cultural events through the year not only in 2022 but has provided services during and after the pandemic to families not only in Illinois but also in India. Whether it involved sending oxygen concentrators to India to be distributed to patients that required them in India or providing financial and other support to families stuck in the USA due to the lockdown or helping families financially to support them through and after the pandemic. FIA supports families by making donations to food pantry's, toys to tots during the holidays, turkey give aways and in addition to celebrating various Indian Asian festivals and holidays. During the event the FIA had an audio-visual presentation running on a screen highlighting its work for and with the Indian Asian community, which was highly appreciated by the attendees.

He then invited Founder and Past President Onkar Sanga to the stage. Onkar Sanga thanked everyone for gracing the event.

The FIA celebrated mothers at the event by honoring Mrs. Santosh Kumar, Mrs. Shruti Vyas, Dr. Panna Barai ,Dr Asha Oroskar, Mrs. Vijay Sharma, Mrs. Sweety Loomba , Mrs. Anita Beri, Mrs. Pinky Thakkar, Mrs. Aparna Khot, Mrs. Anu Khot, Mrs. Kamini Bhatt, Dr Anuja Gupta, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, Mrs. Sushma Bhanot, Mrs. Usha Bodiwala, Mrs. Harsha Shukla, Mrs. Komal Amin and Mrs. Sonal Patel with a plaque. The awards were presented to the beneficiaries by the dignitaries present on the occasion and by Past President FIA Rita Singh, Members of the Advisory Board Keerthi Revoori , Ajeet Singh & Sanhita Agnihotri and Dr Anil Oroskar

Vinita Gulabani presented the vote of thanks. She presented each of the plaque honorees with elegant colorful scarfs. The event was brought to its finale with a cake cutting ceremony by Dr. Panna Barai celebrating Mother's Day and another cake cutting ceremony celebrating Birthdays of Anu Malhotra , Anuja Gupta & Rita Shah.

Madhura Sane a Kathak exponent and Director at Nritya Natya Academy, Chicago performed a mesmerizing Kathak fusion dance. Mrs. Gurbachan Kaur recited a heartfelt poem extolling mothers and their importance in an individual's life, Ananya Sood enthralled the attendees with a dance performance. Rinki Talati regaled the audience with her soulful singing.

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