Chicago IL: Harish Bhatt, President of the renowned Association of Indian Pharmacists in America (AIPHA), organized an exciting Annual Diwali Party on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at the Meadows Club, 2950 W Golf Road, Rolling Meadows, IL to celebrate Diwali and the holiday season with members and their families. The AIPHA Annual Diwali Party offers a platform in which members can network amongst themselves, as well as gives them an opportunity to meet and greet with the decision makers that influence change. The program was highly successful with support of the Executive Board, AIPHA members and volunteers. It was a sold out event and attended by many dignitaries.
The evening started with a social hour featuring some tasty appetizers and premium drinks. Masters of Ceremonies for the occasion, Tushar Mehta kicked off the program by welcoming everyone to the gala. As usual, he started with some funny jokes. One minute of silence was observed in memory of Usha Bhatt, mother of Harish Bhatt. Tushar then invited Harish Bhatt on stage to say a few words.
Harish Bhatt thanked each and every one for their condolences, cards, flowers, emails, text messages and phone calls. “I and my family are very thankful for your support; I am very fortunate that I have so many friends and they are very supportive” he said.
“To me, my mom is a hero. She came from a very poor family in Gujarat. She went to Bombay and educated herself to become a school teacher. She worked very hard to support the family”. My mother was an astonishing person, a true matriarch of our family, who was loving, caring, compassionate and provided unconditional love, to anyone who came in touch with her” said Harish Bhatt, President of AIPHA
“This organization has been around for over 25 years. Thanks to AIPHA Board members, their families, our sponsors, advertisers, guests and members who have made today’s program highly successful. ” said Tushar Mehta, AIPHA Board of Director.
Sponsors of AIPHA Annual Diwali Party was Cardinal Drugs, HD Smith Drugs and McKesson Drugs. Legendary Genius Madan Mohan Kohli’s life and music were explored in a spectacular musical narrative “Betaab Dil,” presented by Madan Kulkarni of Dhrishti Arts & Niche Entertainment. A dream line up of performers led by Vibhavari Joshi along with Rafi Habib and Dhawal Chandwadkar presented gems from Madanji’s creations accompanied by an accomplished orchestra with live narration by noted theater personality Salim Arifji, directed by Milind Oak and conceived by Madan Kulkarni.
The show was backed by informational narrative of each composition, which left the audience spellbound and clamoring for more. Spectacular lights and sound added a punch to the performances. Vibhavari Joshi along with Rafi Habib and Dhawal Chandwadkar gave a memorable show. This top notch show gave a panoramic view of the music virtuoso’s journey and ended with a standing ovation.
Top shelf cash bar & delicious Gourmet dinner was prepared and served by the Chefs and staff of the Meadows Club. The program concluded with some great memories of an evening which was educational, fun and entertaining.
Executive Board: Harish Bhatt (President), Rajesh Chotalia (Vice President), Jitesh Patel (Secretary), Haresh Khakhkar (Joint Secretary), Vitthal Patel (Treasurer), Jignesh Gandhi (Joint Treasurer) and the Board of Directors included Tushar Mehta, Snehal Bhavsar, Jyotin Parikh, Gajanan Trivedi, Manu Patel, Shital Manek, Kishore Chugh, Mahendra R. Patel, Ambalal S. Patel and Ambalal H. Patel.
The Association of Indian Pharmacists of America is an organization dedicated to increasing cultural awareness and promoting diversity through various pharmaceutical services, promotional, and social events. The national organization of the Association of Indian Pharmacists in America (AIPHA) was founded in 1985 by 20 members. Today, there are over 453 members.