Naperville, IL – May 14, 2018: Indian Community Outreach (ICO) hosted Kick – off ceremony of grand India Day Celebration for 2018 India Day to celebrate 71 years of India’s Independence Day. The event was attended by over 100 guests including Naperville Mayor, Steve Chirico, DuPage County Member, Naperville City Council Member, City of Aurora Alderman, Schaumburg Township Trustee Nimish Jani, Naperville Park District Chair Mike Reilly, Elected Officials & Representatives, Sponsors, ICO Advisors, Community Leaders and Representatives from Media Fraternity. With many exciting additions, this year’s India Day will again take place at Knock Park in Naperville on August 12, 2018 and will feature a grand colorful parade and a concert by Bollywood rock star Sukhwinder Singh, concluding with display of fireworks.
Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico, Chief Guest at the event, said, “India Day Celebration in a short span of just three years has become a very impressive event showcasing the Indian culture and heritage.” Mayor Chirico congratulated Krishna Bansal, Chairman, India Community Outreach and noted that heights achieved by ICO in just 4 years usually take decades to reach. He congratulated ICO for achieving the goal of educating and integrating the communities while enhancing economic interest of Naperville. ICO has been instrumental in facilitating many Indian American businesses to come to Naperville.
ICO recently received the Illinois Bicentennial Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Award from Illinois State Governor Bruce Rauner for the Significant Community Contributions and became the first Indian American organization to receive this honor. 2018 India Day has also been inducted as part of Illinois Bicentennial celebrations.
While speaking about the history and purpose behind formation of ICO, Krishna Bansal, Chairman of ICO said that 2018 India Day Celebration would be one of the largest and best Indian American event in United States. Bollywood Rock Star Sukhwinder Singh will be the star performer this year. He also said that there would be multiple activities lined up from morning 11:00 am to 9:30 pm that includes International Food Court, Ethnic Indian Bazaar, Children’s park, Local Talent show, Indian Fashion Show, Parade, Bollywood Concert, Colorful Fireworks and many more to be added in the activities. Bansal urged all community members and Business owners to come forward to support and sponsor the event. Maintaining the commitment, event will again be free to attend for everyone.
Alderman at City of Aurora, Rick Mervine, was a special guest who emphasized the necessity of civic engagement for the Indian American Community.