India Association of NH planning fundraiser

The India Association of New Hampshire is organizing its grand fundraiser, Dawat 2016, to be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at the Alpine Grove Banquet Facility in Hollis.

The event will feature DJ Silk Events (Rishi Sher Bawa), fashion show and makeup by IndoFashionz and Flawless Creations (Ambika Mangtani and Vidhi Dalia respectively), silent and live auctions, a glamour photo shoot, and a dinner and dance catered by Udupi Restaurant.

The objective is to raise funds for nonprofit organizations in U.S. and India, as well as to contribute toward IANH’s community service activities. This year, IANH has chosen to donate proceeds to the nonprofit organizations Learn to Love and Tamil Nadu Flood Relief.

The mission of Learn to Love is to support and assist underprivileged children by promoting their health, education and overall well-being. LTL partners with the Society for the Education of the Crippled to provide the tools its students need to succeed. It helps raise money to fund certain aspects of SEC’s operations, such as nutritious meals, physical therapy, handicap-accessible facilities and counselors. The SEC has since grown to provide special transportation, free medical evaluations and therapy, nutritious meals, development centers, vocational training and job placement services in four schools across Mumbai. These schools serve more than 400 students of varied capabilities.

In addition, the IANH will continue to donate to the rebuilding of places ravaged by the recent Tamil Nadu floods, whose fearsome power left behind destruction and the loss of lives and homes. Most of the functional arms of government and establishment have been rendered powerless. The media is rife with images of individual heroism, which is inspiring in itself.

The IANH continues to be engaged in a multitude of community service activities.

Its members volunteer to cook and serve lunch and dinner at the Nashua and Manchester soup kitchens 18 times a year. The IANH also donates cash and in-kind services to the soup kitchens, the Salvation Army and the Nashua Children’s Home.

A few years ago through Dawat, the IANH was able to collect and donate more than $15,000 to Udavum Karangal, a nonprofit organization in South India involved in some wonderful activities within local communities. In addition to offering free medical care, Udavum Karangal provides residential support to the mentally challenged, children, and the elderly and destitute. It runs educational facilities for more than 2,000 underprivileged children, covering the cost of their books and lunch.

Last year, Dawat benefitted the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Central New England chapter and Badhir Vidhyalay Viklang Kalyan Samiti in India.

For sponsorships, to make a donation or for more information, email dawat2016@ianh.org or visit IANH.org.