Bhartiya Senior citizen group of Chicago (BSCC), a reputable organization serving thousands of seniors and Manpasand, a well-known name in the entertainment industry came together to create history with its action-packed cultural extravaganza ‘The Desi-Fest’. The event was held on Sunday, September 5th, 2021 at Rana Reagan community center in Carol Stream, 343 St. Paul Blvd., Carol Stream, IL. Many leaders from many different fields such as medical, sports entertainment, political, teaching spiritual leaders and prominent community leaders were present at The Desi-Fest. The event attendance was House Full.
Haribhai Patel, President of the BSCC, along with all the committee members have proved once more that his efforts in ensuring his senior members receive the best service is unmatched. In the past, The BSCC has held vaccination fairs to make sure all members can get vaccinated without going through online appointments and unnecessary hurdles.
This year, Mr. Haribhai Patel wanted to do something where, after being locked inside during the pandemic for so long, all of his members were able to come out and socialize. Mr. Patel organized The Desi Fest, an Indian fair, with live entertainment, shopping, food and much more. Everything was complimentary for all members of the BSCC. The Desi Fest was held at Rana Reagan community center in Carol Stream. Mr. Patel’s vision to keep this fair safe and maintain CDC instructed guidelines presented itself as a challenge, but it did not stop him from hosting this event, nonetheless.
Manpasand, Inc. – a well-known nationwide entertainment company owned by Mrs. Bhavna Modi, managed all the festivities that took place. Her event management capabilities showed themselves, as this event was a difficult one to host outdoors. Mrs. Bhavna Modi not only coordinated the elite singers and sound to the Desi Fest but also handpicked all the food vendors for senior members, doing so to ensure they had a variety of food options to choose from. Mrs. Modi’s hard work and extraordinary event planning matched Mr. Patel’s vision. Under the blue sky all the way until the dark of night, Mr. Haribhai Patel’s leadership and tremendous support by Manpasand Inc. and Mrs. Bhavna Modi was the core of what made this fest a huge success, attracting more than 1,000 people.
The entertainment portion of the evening kicked off with the Master of Ceremony Mrs. Neelam Desai. Her deep and subtle voice and intoxicated ways of delivering speeches was sweet music to all the ears. Laughter is the ultimate medicine they say. Mayuri Patel, a standup comedian made everyone laugh with her extraordinary sense of humor. Well known and everyone’s favorite singers Mr. Rex D’Souza, Ms. Shilpi Paul and Ms. Kausha Pandya rocked the stage with nonstop live singing and music. Their melodious voices kept The BSCC members glued to their chairs. Many from the audience was nonstop on their feet dancing on the stage and off the stage. The electricity between the singers and the audience made the night very Young at heart.
To make this fair safe, The BSCC and Manpasand Inc. joined hands, once again, with The Rana-Reagan Pharmacy located at 398 W. Army Trail Rd in Bloomingdale. Rana-Reagan provided their own booth and brought their team of 9 people to offer free rapid and PCR COVID-19 tests to anyone who came to the event. The Rana- Reagan Pharmacy’s outstanding services and support were recognized by Mr. Haribhai Patel during his speech. Mr. Patel also announced that he will be holding a Covid- 19 Booster shots clinic for all eligible members, nonmembers and for their family from September 20th per CDC guidelines.
One of the recipients at the festival was Jasbir Suga of Suga Builders. Jasbir Suga is known for his selfless community service and he has been supporting so many community initiatives for many years. Suga Builders is a well-known name in the construction industry because of its excellent customer satisfaction and reliable work ethics. The company has been serving Chicagoland for close to three decades and specializes in catering to customized needs of its commercial as well as residential customers. It is a one stop place for any construction project from planning, designing, pre-construction, procurement, construction and to post-construction.
The BSCC has presented awards to those who made a huge difference in the community with their selfless acts and services during the pandemic. The following is a list for those who were honored for their outstanding performance in their surrounding communities by Mr. Haribhai Patel: Community Engagement and Leadership Award: Kamlesh Shah and Alisha Bedi of The Rana-Reagan Pharmacy Heart of our Community Award: Nimish Jani Character Counts Award: Jasbir Suga of Suga Builders Shining Star Award: Ashok Punjabi of Chicago Import Pandemic Hero Award: Dr. Syed Naveed and Ibrahim Alimirah of Free COVID Care Extra Mile Award: J.P. Patel Making a Difference Award: Seth Lewis.