Federation of India Associations, Chicago’s Dazzling Gala Honors Mothers and Unveils magnificent Star Awards

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Chicago, IL – On May 19, 2024, Chicago witnessed a remarkable celebration of love and appreciation at Ashyana Banquets, orchestrated by the Federation of Indian Associations (FIA), Chicago and Desi Junction. This unforgettable Mother’s Day event honored the unsung women whose unconditional love and unwavering strength shape our lives in profound ways. This event was also the big reveal and unveiling of the upcoming ‘Star Awards’

The event was expertly conceptualized, conducted and managed by the Jassi Parmar and Desi Junction Team, whose charisma and wit added flair to the proceedings.

The evening began with a vibrant Social Hour, setting the stage for an enchanting journey of recognition and jubilation. The melodious performance by Payel Ganguly & Group focusing on Bollywood songs about motherhood and families

Federation of India Associations Chicago's Dazzling GalaWith humorous announcements about the uniqueness of personalities of Chairman and Founder of FIA, Sunil Shah, Vice-Chairman, Neil Khot, President Pratibha Jairath and past President Vinita Gulabani were invited to the stage to commence the program. Chairman and Founder President Sunil Shah spoke about the past achievements of FIA, current President eloquently spoke of Mother’s Day celebration and Vice Chairman Neil Khot pumped up the excitement with teasers about the surprises to be unveiled. Past President Vinita Gulabani gave the inner workings of FIA and how FIA manages to contribute to the community and host these spectacular programs.

Chairman and Founder President Sunil Shah then invited the Chief Guest to the stage, Consulate General of India Somnath Ghosh, this was followed by President Pratibha Jairath inviting US Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthy to the stage. Both spoke about the role mothers play in shaping up not only the families but also the society and how we all become better citizens.

With spirited flair, the stage came alive as Chairman and Founder of FIA, Sunil Shah, Vice-Chairman Neil Khot, President Pratibha Jairath, and past President Vinita Gulabani took center stage to kickstart the evening’s festivities. Chairman and Founder President Sunil Shah regaled the audience with anecdotes of FIA’s illustrious journey, while President Pratibha Jairath eloquently championed the spirit of Mother’s Day celebration. Vice Chairman Neil Khot electrified the atmosphere with tantalizing hints about the surprises awaiting, setting the stage abuzz with anticipation. Past President Vinita Gulabani spoke about the intricate workings of FIA, shedding light on the organization’s profound impact on the in Chicagoland and its unwavering commitment to serve the community.

The grand Unveil, the prestigious “Star Awards” trophy, symbolizing excellence and achievement within the community, was unveiled by the chief guests. FIA announced the categories for these awards, including Entrepreneur of the Decade, Best Medical Professional, Best Community Organization, and Community Leader of the Year etc.., sparking excitement and anticipation among attendees.

FIA Ambassadors for the evening, Falguni Sukhadia, Priyanka Parekh, and Hemendra Shah, managed the awards presentations flawlessly with grace and efficiency, ensuring a seamless flow of events and controlled the backstage operations with great precision.

The highlight of the evening, the Mother’s Day Awards Ceremony commenced, where extraordinary mothers were celebrated for their sacrifices and devotion. Awardees, including Mrs. Anandita Ghosh, Riya Krishnamoorthi, Santosh Kumar, Smita N. Shah, Sweety Loomba, Dr. Kruti Vyas, Punima Brahmbhatt, Kanan Dhingra, Aishwarya Sharma, Jaspreet Kaur, Promila Kumar, Mini Multani, Dr. Sunita Narang, Milli Jain, Asha Raj Khanna, Smita Shah, Sukhi Singh, and Kelly Suga, exemplified grace, resilience, and compassion.

Esteemed First Lady of FIA, Rita Shah wished everyone a very Happy Mother’s Day and delighted all the awardees with a surprise song in her sweet voice as she sang ‘Kitni Achchhi Hai, Tu Kitni Bholi Hai Pyaari Pyaari Hai O Maa’ celebrating the invaluable role of mothers in our lives.

The evening was further enriched by captivating performances by Rasika Bandekar with her classical dance performance and Dancing Divas (Trusha) with the medley of dance on various songs. This was followed by open dance floor with everyone jumping in pulsating beats.

During the conclusion of the event, another surprise awaited attendees, sponsored by Ramesh Punater and Naresh Shah, who generously provided special prizes in various categories such as Best Dancer, Most Enthusiastic Person, and more.

The concept, design and event management was done by team Desi Junction and we could see the amazing collaboration between these two organizations. Kamlesh Kapoor, the creative genius behind all impactful videos and presentations, led the Tech team, delivering a visually stunning experience. Dinesh Kapoor and Atul Wahi ensured all guests were welcomed and assigned to their tables, with their smooth management of Ticket Control for more than 300 guests.

Looking ahead, the “Star Awards” will encompass the celebrations of India’s 78th Independence Day, with a grand red-carpet event to be held on Aug 16, 2024 at Matrix Club, promising an evening of elegance, wow factor, pride, and cultural richness.

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