It was cross-border love and harmony that marked Metropolitan Asian Family Services’ Asian Heritage Month and Mini Fundraising Gala dinner on May 31st, 2014 at our Naperville Senior Center located at 1032 E Ogden Ave.
Keynote speaker, Ms. Dorothy Miaso, Executive Director of Literacy Volunteers of America, IL informed the crowd how Mrs. Santosh Kumar’s philanthropic nature helped Literacy Volunteers of America with her time, skills and resources 25 years ago as a Vista Volunteer even though she newly immigrated to the United Stated at that time.
She also gave her legal skills to shape an after school program for women inmate in Dwight Women Prison to meet and help their children while they are waiting for trial or acquittal. Chief Guest, the Honorable Ausaf Sayeed, Consul General of India in Chicago graced the occasion with his wife and states that he is very impressed with the plethora of social services provided by MAFS to the immigrant population of India and its neighboring countries.
He extended his blessing and support to the MAFS and Mr. &Mrs. Kumar in serving the community on all fronts. George Pradel, Napverille Mayor congratulated the MAFS team for doing great work for the immigrant population in Naperville.
Krishna Bansal, Chairman for the Indian Community Outreach Mayor’s Office City of Naperville, congratulated MAFS team for providing much needed services to the community. Other prominent dignitaries that attended were Stephanie Kifowit State Rep, 84th District, George Pradel, Naperville Mayor, Laurie Nowak, Du Page – Distrcit 5, Bob Peickert- Chair, Democratic Party of Du Page County, Nasir Jahangir- 2nd Chair Democratic Party of Du Page County, Paul Fessenbecker DPDC 3rd chair, Sarbani Chowdhury- Co chair of DPDC women and minority committee, Jean Kaczmarek Candidate for Du Page County Clerk, Mike Quiroz- Candidate for Du Page County Clerk and MAFS board members.
Pooja and Radha Thakrar, mesmerized everyone with their Bollywood dance performances. The seniors of Chicago performed a very entertaining and engaging skit named Atut Shraddha. Seniors from the Niles location presented “Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki”. Naperville seniors fascinated everyone with “Medley Dance”. Chalte Chalte, another classical Bollywood dance, was performed by the Naperville and Carol Stream seniors. Bipinchandra Sanghavi, a Carol Stream senior, left few eyes dry with his songs.
The greatest attraction of the evening was Shyam E Bahaar – A Musical Show by Swar Sarita, music group from Bombay, India. The singers were Samsuddin Vaghela, Madhuri Goswami, and Kunal Mahant who were accompanied by musicians, Jayesh Raval and Pankaj Raval. They enthralled everyone with pulsating Bollywood numbers and also mesmerized all with a variety of nostalgic, old songs.