Hicksville, NY: The concluding part of the 3-event, massive program of India Day Parade in Long Island is a Gala Dinner to be held on September 9 at the Woodlands at the Greens in Melville, NY.
Over 300 eminent people representing the Indian American community of Long Island and officials and dignitaries are expected to attend. Among the many highlights of the Gala Dinner Extravaganza will be honoring Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto and Bobby Kumar Kalotee for their leadership and extraordinary contributions to the Indian American community.
Bobby Kumar, a longtime community leader in mainstream politics, will be bestowed the special “Jewel of India Award”. The award has been constituted by IDP USA to honor individuals who have contributed outstanding community service and leadership role for the Indian American diaspora.
The Sept 9 gala will also showcase a cultural entertainment extravaganza by Sunita Sadhnani of Bolly Arts after the scrumptious dinner.
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Woodlands at Greens is one of the best known venues for gala events in Long Island.
On August 11, Hicksville witnessed a grand India Day Parade which was attended by over 12,000 people. In a first, over 100 organization came together to support one common community event in Long island. Veteran Bollywood actor Vinod Khanna, County Executive Hon. Mangano and Harry Singh of Bolla Oil led the parade as Grand Marshalls.
On August 15, the Theodore Roosevelt Legislative Buildings of Nassau County, colorfully decorated, became the venue for the Flag-Hoisting Ceremony. The Indian Tri-color flag – saffron, white and green – was officially raised and flew that day honoring and celebrating Indian pride with democracy, unity and freedom. The flag hoisting event was co-hosted by Nassau county Executive Office, IDP USA and National Federation of Indian American Associations (NFIA).
IDP USA was founded by Bobby Kumar Kalotee, Harendra Singh and Kamlesh Mehta to unite and bring the community together through India Day Parade in Long Island. Indu Jaiswal, Harendra Singh, Kamlesh Mehta, Gobind Munjal and Mohinder Taneja were the conveners – amply aided by Animesh Goenka, Nagendra Gupta, Lal Motwani, Sunita Sadhnani, Suchita Chadha, Ajay Batra, Rajan Nabe, Ashok Varshney, Prof Parveen Chopra and many Committee Chairs and others who have been heavily engaged in the task of detailed planning and the putting together of all three events.
The India Day Parade was widely supported by the community. Patel Brothers and Bolla Oil were grand sponsors, whereas Bolly Arts, Air India, Met Life and Kingfisher Airlines were major sponsors besides Habib American Bank, The South Asian Times, Doshi Diagnostics and Friends of Good Health.