IAF Celebrates the Spirit of the Holidays


Photos: Navin Mediwala

SUGAR LAND: Friday, November 11, was a glittering evening of giving and celebration as the Indo American Forum of Fort Bend hosted The Spirit of the Holidays event at the Safari Texas Ranch. Attendees from diverse backgrounds joined hands to raise funds for earnest causes that meet the needs of the disadvantaged. Over the last 12 years, Indo American Forum of Fort Bend (IAF) is engaged in promoting proactive citizenry by providing a platform for community service.


In a true Indo American spirit, the scintillating ambiance paved a way for an evening of Boots, Bangles & Bindis.  Over 300 participants dressed and exhibited genuine spirit of the Holiday Season. Underwriter of the event was Zion Strategic Financial Services Group headed by Omar Saeed. Other major supporters of the event were Memorial Herman Sugar Land Hospital, Pioneer research Solutions APAAR/Munday Architects.


Commissioner James Patterson, City of Sugar Land Council Members Amy Mitchell and Harish Jajoo graced the event. Sonal Bhuchar fabulously emceed the event.


The program included wonderful dances – Diya Dance by The Layaa School of Dance, Flamenco Dance by Ritmo and Fuego, Philippino Tinikling Dance by the Filipino Young Professionals,These Boots Were Meant for Dancing by the Original 300 group and Dhamaaka Bhangra Dance by University of Houston Students. The variety of dances reflected the rich cultural celebration of diversity in the Fort Bend community.


The  Chairman of IAF Dr. Subodh Bhuchar applauded the support of all attendees and their organizations.  Dr. Bhuchar reflected on the mission of IAF and invited youth to get engaged in community service.


On behalf of Indo American community, select charities that serve the local community were recognized and supported with a donation. Child Advocates of Fort Bend, Fort Bend Education Foundation, Literacy Council of Fort Bend, Fort Bend Seniors – Meals on Wheels, Behind the Badge, Lunches of Love, Fort Bend Women’s Center and Youth in Philanthropy. These organizations touch and serve many needy people and worthy causes.


Event Chair and Incoming Chair Minal Shah extended a vote of thanks and appreciation to all who made the event possible.  A  sumptuous dinner catered by Bombay Brasserie tickled  the palates of all the guests. DJ Deep thrilled the attendees with head spinning Bollywood and Bhangra music and no one wanted to leave the dance floor,which was packed.’

IAF invites the community to come and enjoy its signature event ..NAVRATRI  Garba on September 29, 2017 .