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March 17, 2010 > Annual Diversity Dinner embraces unity

Annual Diversity Dinner embraces unity

By Meenu Gupta
Photos By courtesy of Jeevan Zutshi

For the ninth year in a row, Indo-American Community Federation (IACF-USA) will host the Unity in Diversity Dinner to celebrate diversity while promoting acceptance among ethnic and religious cultures. "Unity through Diversity: A New Change for America's Children" is the theme of this year's event.

IACF-USA is a nonprofit public benefit corporation founded by Jeevan Zutshi of Fremont in 1994. He saw a need for Indo-Americans to get involved in mainstream America by working on issues affecting them in their adopted land. "The purpose of the non-profit is to bring us together to address serious issues facing the community at large; promote understanding and positive relations through seminars and conventions; provide financial assistance to needy and deserving individuals," said Zutshi.

As master of ceremonies, Fremont Chamber of Commerce, CEO, Cindy Bonior, will present an evening of dining, entertainment, acknowledgements, and dignitaries. California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer will be the keynote speaker. The event will begin with a social hour at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner (vegetarian meals available) and complimentary wine. Afghan dance by DanceVersity, a multicultural dance education program and performance by Carmen Milagro Band will be the evening's stellar attraction.

The annual tradition started a few months after airplanes crashed into the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the fields of Pennsylvania. People of many nationalities and religions faced discrimination, fear, anger and intolerance in the aftermath of 9/11 with mistrust mounting on all sides. The event was so well received it has continued every year since. Pre-registration is required. Visit for more information.

Unity Dinner 2010
Friday, March 26
6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Fremont Marriott
46100 Landing Parkway, Fremont
(510) 589-3702

$85/person; $160 per couple; $800/table of 10

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