Chicago Indo-US Lions Club in association with the Office of Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas, hosted Diwali celebration on November 5th, 2021 in Chicago IL. The guest of Honor for the event was Consul General Amit Kumar who congratulated Indo US Lions Club and Maria Pappas for hosting the historic event and spoke about the significance of Diwali and the celebration as big step in creating awareness about cultural heritage of India.
The second-generation INDO-US lions team headed by Hina Trivedi and Lion Maria Pappas also recognized some members and volunteers for their services for the community and for their contribution to Indo US communities during Covid-19. Hina Trivedi presented plaques to the special guests Amit Kumar, Maria Pappas, Laxman Gupta as a token of appreciation for their exceptional leadership.
Lion Hina Trivedi spoke about the selfless efforts by Chicago Indo Us lions club in helping families and kids by donating school supplies, backpacks, coat drive and food drive. The club recently helped many patients in India with ventilators as well.
The celebration was well attended by many community leaders that included the team members of AMEC Anica Dubey along with Dr. Vijay Prabhakar who supported the event. Media was represented by Prachi Jaitly of Asian Media Broadcasting (AMB).
Maria Pappas declared Diwali as an annual event to celebrate every year on a large scale together with Chicago Indo US club. Hina Trivedi, founder President Chicago INDO-US Lions along with the efforts and vision of Dr. Ram Gajjela founder chair and 2021 President Jay Trivedi helped making historic celebration happen further strengthening the Indo US relationship.