February 7, 2012 > Friendship Dinner
Submitted By Ashok Kumar
The Seventh Annual Friendship Dinner Dance, a successful fundraiser for Matters of Community, was held at the Golden Peacock Banquet Hall and Restaurant Saturday, January 21, 2012.
"Matters of Community" (MOC) is a California registered nonprofit organization started in early 2004 in Fremont by a high school Junior Neal Bharadwaj. Neal was inspired by volunteering experience he obtained at Jeena, a non-profit resource center for disabled children.
MOC envisions enhanced self-esteem and improved integration of special needs children around the world into mainstream community through the use of music, art, theater and sports. MOC takes on projects directly with individuals and other organization as well as funds activities of other nonprofit organizations that support its mission here and in India.
Speakers at the benefit emphasized the need for helping special needs children. MOC presented contribution checks to Rajni Madan, founder of Jeena, and to Sharon Soulis, East Bay Jazz Society board member.
The gala event was well attended and entertainment included rarely seen Indian classical dances, Bollywood dances, traditional Dixieland Jazz bands, Clarinet and Vocal Soloists, and even a sword juggling performance.