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March 13, 2007 > Unity Dinner promises glitz, glamour and good works

Unity Dinner promises glitz, glamour and good works

Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi to be keynote speaker

As a positive response to the national tragedy of 9/11, The Indo-American Community Federation (IACF) was formed to create and nurture a sense of unity within the greater Tri-City community. Drawing from all ethnicities and political persuasions, this nonprofit organization works to "showcase Indian culture to mainstream America" while promoting constructive relationships between India and the United States. Good works extend throughout the greater community providing a variety of financial and social assistance to those in need, serving by "promoting Unity in Diversity.

Each year, IACF hosts a "Unity Dinner" to bring the community together in celebration of its accomplishments of the past year, look ahead toward future opportunities and to recognize and honor those who have contributed to its welfare. Friday, March 23 will be the sixth year of this annual event and promises to be another outstanding event. Scheduled to be held at the Hilton Hotel in Newark, a full schedule of events will feature a wide variety of performances including Tim Reilly's Canyon Band, vocals by Lena Zee, Chinese Folk Dancing by Academy of Chinese performing arts (ACPA), Chinese Martial Arts by O -MKei Kung Fu School, Mexican Ballet Folklorico, (Maestros Del Folklor Mexicano) and Semi-Classical Kathak dance (Kahe Chhed mohe from Devdas)
by Joya Nandy Kazi and Ballori Sengupta.

Many local, regional and state dignitaries will be on hand to give brief remarks on the area's social and political progress. According to IACF Chair, Jeevan Zutshi, the evening's keynote speaker will be John Garamendi, Lieutenant Governor of California. Community leaders who will be recognized by IACF this year include: Citizen of the year - Garrett Yee; Leadership in Medicine - Anmol Mahal, M.D., Director, CMA; Education, Dedication and Commitment - Cathy Howard and Sandi Soliday; Business Entrepreneur - Roger Bakshi; Small Business Promoter (Burrito Loco) - Gaby Machuca; Small Business, Community Service (The Saddle Rack) - Gary Robinson.

Other speakers include: IACF President, Shashi Sharma; State Senator Ellen Corbett; Assembly member Alberto Torrico; Fremont Mayor, Bob Wasserman; Newark Mayor, Dave Smith; Union City Mayor, Mark Green (invited); Hayward Mayor, Mike Sweeney; Milpitas Mayor, Jose Esteves Ro Khanna, Attorney, O'Melveny & Myers LLP; Yogi Chugh, President Elect, Indo-American Political Education Forum and Fremont Planning Commissioner; Nina Moore, Trustee, FUSD; Dr. Doug Treadway, President, Ohlone College.

Unity Dinner
Friday, March 23
6.30 p.m. to 12:00 Midnight
Hilton Newark/Fremont
39900 Balentine Drive, Newark,

$70/Person, $130/ Couple, $650/ Table of ten

No registration at the door!
Please mail your check to:
IACF, P O Box 14902, Fremont, CA 94539
(510) 589-3702

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