As Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen, Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth ,Nassau County Legislator Rose Walker, New York State Assembly woman Judy Griffin l (Among many other VIP’s) walked into Akbar’s Ballroom in Garden City, on Friday March 1,2019,, they all very well felt the pride and achievement in the air. The Grand ball room was full of so many accomplished and elite, who’s who of the society gathered for one singular purpose, to be the part of and to celebrate 8th Outstanding Women’s Achievements Gala, part of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day Celebrations
IAF (Indian American Forum) led by Indu Jaiswal, known for her strong commitment and dedication to the community cause was the organizing force behind the gala. This year well known Community Leader Shammi Singh was the Chairperson of the Gala. And of course the hall was beautifully decorated with spring flowers theme courtesy Sunita Sadhnani of Glamorous Event Planners. Evening started with lighting of the lamp. Shammi Singh Chairperson, of Gala in her remarks welcomed all the guests congratulated all the honorees and praised their efforts in achieving such success.
American National Anthem sung by Gurbani Kaur Sethi and Indian National Anthem sung by Roopam Maini. Master of Ceremonies Mr Anuj Rihal and Chanbir Kaur Sethi made the evening enjoyable. Chanbir Kaur, Roopam Maini , Rohini Singh, Isha Rihal and Inesha Singh coordinated a brief Q&A session with the honorees discussing and emphasizing their accomplishments
Mr Sant Singh and Mrs. Daman Chatwal congratulated all honorees and acknowledged the efforts of IAF Team. Five distinguished women who had excelled in their profession and community services were presented with Outstanding Women’s achievements Awards
Sonia k Bain a transactional commercial real estate lawyer who represents developers, retail companies, hotel groups and several other types of real deal estate properties in New York City. , Sonia Bain is named to 2019 Notable woman in Law by Crain’s New York Business and several other professional achievements
Sylinthia Burges Is Nassau County Veterans Service Agency, First woman Veteran Counselor. Ms. Burges served in the active duty in Army in Lebanon war, at Camp Casey, in Korea, at present she is working with Veterans and several agencies to assist veterans and clients. She is named to The New York State Veterans hall of Fame by Senator Kemp Hanon.
Judge of New York State Supreme Court Justice Ushir Pandit-Durant was elected to New York State Supreme Court, becoming the first woman of Indian decent in New York State to become the Supreme Court judge. She now presides over criminal; cases in Queens County.
Dr Subhadra Nori is currently the regional Director for the combined departments of Rehabilitation medicine at Elmhurst and Queens Hospital Centers. She is an Associate professor at the Icahn School of medicine, Mount Sinai New York. She has held leadership positions at several National Societies in her specialty Along with her Husband Dr Nori, she helped to establish two Shirdi Sai temples centers one in New York Baldwin and one in Iselin New Jersey. Dr Nori is considered by her peers as an outstanding physician, excellent educator and researcher and a superb administrator.
Manu Saluja a well-known Artist and painter in New York and has a Master’s degree in painting from The New York Academy of Art. Her work includes stunning historical portraits as well as recent paintings inspired by her life as a New Yorker. She has been commissioned Portrait. Manu is on the faculty of both New York University Academy of art in Tribeca and the Long Island Academy of Fine Art.
Stephanie Benedictus Young Achiever is currently a senior at Syosset High School. She has been a part of YICG since childhood and attended Vedic, Shloka and Bollywood dance classes Stephanie values the YICG message and and has become a co teacher of Bollywood Dance. She has a deep appreciation for her culture and works very hard to instill this appreciation. Stephanie wants to be a Physician and wants to continue to help the community.
Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth, was all in praises for the efforts of Indian American Forum and Indian American Community. She congratulated all honorees and stressed the importance of role women are playing in this world. And presented them with citations. Citations of behalf of Nassau County Executive Laura Curran the town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen, Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladin, Congressional recognition from Congress man Thomas Suozzi, and From Nassau County Legislature Rosemarie Walker. Were presented to all Honorees
Among those present during the event were Bobby Kalotee Founder of IAF, Nassau County Human right Commissioner Sharanjit Singh Thind, Zahid Syed, Mr and Mrs. Sant Chatwal, Dr Rajinder Uppal, President of International Punjabi Society, Shashi Malik, Vice President of India Association of Long Island, Sher Madra , Peter Bheddah, Board of Directors of Nargis Dutt Foundation, , Haseena Mooppan Domestic Harmony Foundation, Dr Anila Midha, President of SAWA, Rizwan Qureshi from HAB Bank, Roopam Maini from Indus American Bank, Jasbir Jay Singh, President IPD USA, Kamal Dandona, Smiti Khanna , Dr Urvashi and Anoop Kapoor, Sudhir and Swati Vaishnav and several other dignitaries were present
Dance performances presented by students of well-known Choreographers Swati Vaishnav and From New York Kathak Festival and Stephanie Benedictus. Mr Mohinder Taneja gave special thanks for all of our sponsors and media partners. Well known Artist Sabina Himani donated painting Child Bride and Manu Saluja Donated Maharaja Ranjit Singh Painting for Silent Auction.
Board of Trustees Dr Azad Anand, Surinder Rametra, Dr Ved Kawatra, Animesh Goenka, Dr Urmilesh Arya, Dr Bhupendra Patel, Bobby Kalotee, Board members Beena Kothari, Bina Sabapathy, Nirmala Rametra, Anu Gulati, Dr Meena Jaiswal, Vijay Goswamy, Tejal Kamath, Rohini Singh, Anuj Rihal, Inesha Singh, Gala Chairperson Shammi Singh and Many others helped in making the event a grand success. It was indeed a very successful evening, showcasing and honoring outstanding women achievers, who are successful in business, cultural, professional, education, and medical. Community and social services.