- Classifieds – Main
by Shobana Muratee
SUGAR LAND – The Indo-American Charity Foundation (IACF) took a humble bow at the overwhelming appreciation it received at its funds distribution event held on Thursday, June 23rd, at Madras Pavilion in Sugar Land, where 21 local charities were presented with donation checks. This was a hat trick for IACF, a feat it was striving to accomplish after two successful earlier events this year: Walkathon “I Walk I Care’ and Scholarship Awards where 30 outstanding Fort Bend ISD high school students received scholarships.
Welcoming the guests and representatives of the recipient charities, Dr. Vanitha Pothuri, IACF President Elect and Emcee briefly introduced the names of the charities and presenters. IACF’s 2016 Charity Partners included: Indian American Cancer Network, Literacy Advance, Indian Doctors Charity Clinic, PEACE (Parent Engagement for Active Child Enrichment), KNOW Autism Foundation, Indian Senior Citizens Association, AVANCE Houston Inc., Youth Leadership Development Program (YLDP), Houston, iEducate USA, SEARCH (in kind), Asians Against Domestic Abuse, Richmond State School, REACH Unlimited, Child Advocates of Fort Bend, Turning Point Center Women’s Center, Daya, Friends Helping Friends, Naomi House, Overcome, and PAIR (Partnership for the Advancement and Immersion of Refugees).
The arduous process of IACF’s Funds Distribution Committee was meticulously led by Prem Cholia, Director and assisted by Dr. Kamala, Dr. Ramesh Sreeni, Dr. Vanitha and Abhijit.
Presenters included past presidents and supporters of IACF: Abhijit Gadgil, Racheal Varghese, Ven Bontha, Sam Kannappan, Dr. Appan, Subbu Neti, Dr. Manish Gandhi, Randy Briones, Col. Vipin Kumar, Shamanth Kumar, Sajid Khan, Dr. Sushmita Katikaneni, Dr. Paul and Manmeet Likhari, Swatantra Jain, Nalinakshi Rangala, and media partners: Koshy Thomas, Sheshadari Kumar and Vanshika Vipin.
Addressing the gathering, Nanda Vura, IACF president said, “This year, we have funded 21 charities working in the fields of four pillars of IACF focus: Education, Family, General Needy and Healthcare. In line with the charter of IACF, three of the 21 charities funded this year are new and emerging charities.”
Vuru also outlined the organization’s mission as being a charity which helps the underprivileged and needy with monetary and volunteer work contributions through established and emerging organizations [501(c)3] in the Greater Houston Area. “This event fully showcased the mission and vision of IACF which is “We Live Here, We Give Here”. The gathering represented the entire ecosystem of what IACFs stands for and operates on. We had an opportunity to present the new and expanded vision of IACF to ‘give more’ to the charities we support by making available services of new constituted auxiliary committees of volunteers: the Technical Committee, Health, and Yes Hours committees,” he added. He also thanked charity partners, valuable supporters, donors, community and corporate leaders who have participated and made the IACF-2016 funds distribution event a grand success. His singular message to charities was a request to INVOLVE IACF in their programs and give opportunity to serve.
The evening was an uplifting experience with numerous charitable organization doing yeoman service to the communities. One of the presenters Dr. Sushmita Katikaneni, who is a cancer survivor, shared her story as she handed the check to Indian American Cancer Network. IACF’s past presidents that were present praised the leadership for its vision and commitment.
Entertainment by singers Maha and Krishna enhanced the spirits of the guests.
IACF is already gearing up for next challenge – the Annual Gala in September 2016, which it promises to be the talk of the town!