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CHICAGO, IL – A unique celebration, “Victory Celebration of Newly Elected Officials – Mayors, Trustees, Townships” was held on Thursday, Apr 29th 2021 at the beautiful Hotel & banquet facility at Chicago Marriott Northwest, in Hoffman Estates IL 60192. It was hosted to wish continued and successful leadership and to celebrate the fearless leaders, chosen by the local residents of Illinois suburbs during the recent Village Board elections that took place on Apr 06, 2021.
Host Committee included: US Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, IL State Rep. Fred Crepo, Neil Khot, Sunil Shah, Harry Ghoman, Amarbir Ghoman, Dr. Anuja Gupta, Gurmeet Singh Dhalwan, Marriott Northwest, Fred Hoffman, Mayor Tom Dailly, Mayor Gopal Lalmalani, Chetan Patel, Ravi Rawat, Vik Kalwani, Niranjan Nathwani.
The event started at 6:00 pm with the pouring in of the guests and the newly elected officials, and the meet & greet continued until 7:15 pm. During the Social Hour, announcements were made to remind the guests to practice Covid safety precautions, like wearing masks, maintaining distance, and using hand sanitizers placed at each table.
At 7.20 pm, the event emcee Richa Chand took the stage and started the program for the Victory Celebration for All Newly Elected Officials by welcoming the guests and making some general housekeeping announcements for the evening ahead. Richa called upon the young and dynamic leader who has been a huge supporter of community service and social causes for more than a decade, Founding Member & Past President FIA, President & CEO of Rely Services at Hoffman Estates, IL, Mr. Neil Khot. Neil joined Richa on the stage amidst a loud cheering audience. Neil gave a welcome speech and congratulated all the elected officials present and shared his vision of leadership. Neil Khot then invited his fellow co-host, a very prominent leader in the midwest area who has been serving the community for the last 25 years and is also a very successful New York Life insurance Agent, Founder and President, FIA, Mr Sunil Shah.
Sunil Shah congratulated the elected officials and spoke about the past year’s challenges and how this year also we need to come together to face the Covid challenge again and shared updates about the latest activities and generous contributions made for sending the Oxygen concentrators to India by Team FIA members and other organizations. Shah invited Consul General India Mr Amit Kumar to share his words.
CG Amit Kumar expressed his gratitude for the extraordinary support shown by the community here in the US, for helping with the current dire situation in India. He explained the role of the Consulate Office and how they are coming up with the programs to increase their reach to the Indian diaspora here. Amit Kumar also shared the plans for India’s Platinum Jubilee celebration 2022, “Azadi ka Mahotsav”. He acknowledged & thanked US Congressman Mr. Raja Krishnmoorthi for his support as well.
US Congressman Raja Krishnmoorthi who was also part of the host committee for the event was invited to address the audience. He congratulated all the newly elected officials and recalled his initial days when he ran for the elections for the first time and shared anecdotes with the audience. He expressed strong support for his stand against racial bias & discrimination, as any well-meaning American citizen would do too. The audience cheered & applauded his commitment and resolve to stand up against any equality and unfair treatment. As the evening progressed, there were several speeches and recognitions delivered throughout the program.
The following elected officials were acknowledged and recognized:
– Hoffman Estates Victory Team of Mayor Bill McLeod and his Trustees.
– Hanover Park Victory Team Mayor Rodney Craig and Trustee Syed Hussaini, And Hanover Park Township Assessor Khaja Moinuddin
– Village of Oak Brook New First time Trustees: Trustee Dr. Suresh Reddy And Jim.Nagle, with their Mayor Gopal Lalmalani.
– Aurora Alderwoman Shweta Baid and Wheatland Township Trustee Meghana Bansal
– Palatine Township Supervisor Andy-John Kalkounos
– Schaumburg Township Supervisor Tim Heneghan who won with No Opposition.
– Wayne Township Supervisor Randy Ramey
Besides the above, elected officials and a few more important Community Leaders who were recognized at the event were:
– Mayor Tom Dailly Of Schaumburg
– Amar Bir & Harry Ghoman, New Owners of Marriott.
– Founder of Woman Empowerment Dr Anuja CEO President Of Verandah Retirement Community,
Rita Singh of SR Enterprises and Shital Daftari Of Saris n Things
– Gurmeet Singh Dhalwan CEO Founder of Adbhut Media
– Dr Sreenivas Reddy and Dr Kamal Patel Current President of FIA,
Along with the recognition by the event host committee, the prestigious organization, American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) also took the opportunity to show their gratitude by giving a commemorative plaque for “Appreciation for Extraordinary Leadership and Service to the Profession & Community”. Dr Gopal Lalmalani shared his words of wisdom with the audience. Him and Dr Suresh Reddy, on behalf of their organization, AAPI, honored the following individuals: Sunil Shah, Neil Khot, Dr. Kamal Patel, Rita Singh, Krishna Bansal, Ajeet Singh, Keerthi Kumar Revori, Nimish Jani.
Leaders who take all the responsibility and load, also need appreciation and due recognition for their efforts, and this event did just that! The event, Victory Celebration of the Newly Elected Officials, was a huge success and the evening concluded on a happy note, with the group pictures and sumptuous dinner for everyone.