April 21, 2010 > Charity Ball for a cause
Charity Ball for a cause
By Meenu Gupta
Photos By courtesy of Subash Bagga
The Indo-Americans for Better Community's (Indo-ABC) annual charity ball is their philanthropic event of the year. The non-profit organization aims to support the community through volunteer work and local charities. People on a mission to lend a helping hand and provide answers to tough challenges will gather at the Hilton Hotel for an evening of dinner, dance and entertainment.
This much-anticipated event raises funds for Abode services formerly known as Tri-City Homeless Coalition, Meals Program and Fremont Senior Center. Through its ongoing fundraising efforts the organization has contributed over $350,000 to local charities, including Meals on Wheels, Ohlone College Foundation, Fremont Senior Center, Kidango and Discovery Cove Children Center. "The last six Indo-American Charity Balls have been very successful," said Dr. Rakesh Sharma, IndoABC founder and president. "Indo-ABC donated over $55,000 last year to local charitable causes."
This year's event will benefit Abode Services (formerly Tri-City Homeless Coalition) and Meals Program for seniors at the Fremont Senior Center. Fremont's Senior Center provides a "second home" for many seniors who live alone, as well as those who want to enhance their lives. The senior center cooked and served over 30,000 hot meals onsite last year. Abode provides shelter, housing and support programs to families at risk of homelessness. Project Independence, for example, prevents newly emancipated foster youth from ending up on the street. "Abode Services' work in the community to end homelessness is made possible by the sort of generosity provided by the Indo-American Charity Ball," said Louis Chicoine, Executive Director of Abode Services."
IndoABC is a leader in supporting a healthier community. We are grateful for their continued support." "Over the years, Indo-Americans for Better Community have raised more than $150,000 for Abode Services. Last year's Charity Ball raised $25, 501 for Abode," said Carol Arata, director of development for Abode Services.
Dr. Sharma, who has lived in Fremont for over 20 years, believes that charity begins at home. IndoABC members, therefore, chose to start their work with their own community, reaching out to people of all ages and ethnicities. Volunteers committed to making a difference are invited to join the cause. Those who wish to donate but cannot attend the event or wish to sponsor, can do so by writing a check to Indo-Americans for Better Community and mail to Indo-ABC, 707 Pilgrim Loop, Fremont. For more information contact Dr. Rakesh Sharma at (510) 468-4680.
Indo-American Charity Ball
Saturday, May 8
39900 Balentine Drive, Newark
$60 per person