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Press Release: Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago
Dated: February 5, 2009
Contact: Rajinder Singh Mago 630-440-7730
ASIAN AMERICAN COALITION OF CHICAGO HONORS PARDEEP SINGH DEOL, SAMITA SHAH AND NIRANJAN SHAH AT THEIR 26th. LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION AT HYATT REGENCY O’HARE
CHICAGO, IL – - The Asian American Coalition of Chicago honored Indian Americans Pardeep Singh Deol, Samita Shah, and Mr. Niranjan Shah at their 26th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration, the Year of the Ox 4707, on Saturday, January 24, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont Illinois. This year’s gala event themed “Cultural Threads Woven into the Fabric of a United Future” was hosted by the Korean American community of Chicago, with Ms. Kay Kihwa Rho serving as event chairperson.
“We really represented the possibilities of raising the bar for not only the Korean community but to the larger Asian American community as well. We also proved that no matter the age, no matter the language barrier we can work together and create a wonderful unifying event,” said Ms. Kay Rho.
The Hon. Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois, received the Coalition’s Grand Asian AWARD. This award is periodically presented to someone of non-Asian descent, who has made significant contributions to the Asian Pacific American community.
The Hon. Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez was honored with the Special Distinguished Pioneer Award.
Niranjan Shah, CEO Globetrotters Engineering Corporation received the Distinguished Pioneer – Asian Award.
Kamran Khan, a Pakistani American, Founder and President, Nexgen Cosmetics LLC; 1992 and 2000 Co-Chair Asian American Coalition of Chicago, was awarded the Pan Asian American Ping Tom Memorial Award.
Lori T. Healy, president of Chicago 2016 made remarks about Chicago being the 2016 Olympics candidate city.
University of Chicago “Balle Bhangra Group” presented by the Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago performed Punjabi folk dance Bhangra during the entertainment segment. Other dance performances included the modern Korean Dance, Khmer Traditional Dance, Thai Classical Dance, and Traditional Korean Dance. Filmmaker Wang Ki Kim directed the show.
More than 1000 people attended this extravaganza. The attendees included many government officers, media outlets, local dignitaries, business and community leaders, and the counsel generals of many Asian countries. Mayor of Palatine Rita Mullins was a PCS Chicago special guest.
“The purpose of this celebration is to showcase the culture, the contributions, and the harmony among Asian Americans of Chicago,” said Rajinder Singh Mago of Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago.
An event held on this grand of a scale only once a year, Lunar New Year is traditionally the single largest organized annual event in Chicago’s Asian American community which takes turns to host the event.
“The Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago and Sikh American Heritage Organization officials have consistently and proactively been involved in Asian American Coalition of Chicago for the last two decades, and are part of the planning committee no matter who is hosting it,” said Ronny S. Kular president PCS.
The Asian American Coalition of Chicago Executive Committee was also introduced, which included two Indian Americans Mr. Prem Lalvani and Rajinder Singh Mago.
The Asian American Coalition of Chicago, which sponsors both the annual Lunar New Year Celebration and the weeklong Asian American Festival at Chicago’s Daley Plaza includes representatives of the Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Nepalese, Sri Lankan, Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Indonesia, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Malaysian, Thai and Vietnamese communities.
According to the latest (year 2000) Census, the Asian Pacific American population in Illinois numbers approximately 3.4% of the statewide population.
The opening ceremonies in the Grand Ball Room was preceded by a reception, exhibition booths for businesses and community organizations in the foyer area, and an open microphone for the candidates running for political office. Being an off election year, the candidates who spoke were mostly from the 5th. US Congressional District bidding to occupy the seat vacated by Mr. Rahm Emmanuel’s.
The opening ceremonies included a procession and grand entrance of the Chicago TV personalities who were co-presenters at the program, followed by dinner, entertainment and award ceremonies.
The Chicago celebrity TV personalities co-presenters were: Rehan Aslam, FOX Chicago TV News, Ravi Baichwal, ABC 7 News, Jonathan Choe, CLTV News, Cheryl Hamada Host WTTW-TV, Ellee Pai Hong, NBC 5 Chicago News, Judy Hsu, ABC 7 News, Jan Jeffcoat, FOX Chicago TV News, Nancy Loo, FOX Chicago TV News, Joanie Lum, CBS 2 Chicago News, Mai Martinez, CBS 2 Chicago News, Marc Rita, Actor/Director/Producer, Judy Wang, CLTV News, and Linda Yu, ABC 7 News
Smita N. Shah, President, Spaan Tech, Inc., Indian American Community Awardee; Faisal Rashid, Trustee and Tax Collector, DuPage Township, Pakistani American;
Rebecca Yemin Shi, Community Organizer, Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community, Chinese American Community Awardee; Anita Belisario Rosa, Teacher-Librarian, Cameron Elementary School, (Chicago, Illinois), Filipino American Community Awardee; Nyoman I. Mahartayasa, Software Engineer, Chicago Board of Options Exchange, Indonesian American Community Awardee; Yoshiro Harada, Senior Research Specialist, Illinois Institute of Technology Research Institute, Japanese American Community Awardee; John Kim, Chairman, Inswan Home Healthcare Agency, Inc., Korean American Community Awardee; Yin Kean, Executive Vice President, SuncasTV, Malaysian American Community Awardee; Pairoj Vongsvangsiri, President, MVT Telecommunications, Inc., Thai American Community Awardee; Joseph Hong-Phuc Tran, Founder, Rose International, Ltd., Vietnamese American Community Awardee.
Pardeep Singh Deol, High School Senior, Buffalo Grove High School (Buffalo Grove, Illinois), Indian American Community Youth Awardee;
Pardeep is president of Multi-Cultural Club, member Students against Destructive Decisions, and an active volunteer in his school and community where he participated in neighborhood clean-up and tree planting projects.
Nudrat Zoha, College Freshman, University of Illinois at Chicago (Chicago, Illinois); Pakistani American Community Awardee;
The Chinatown Youth – 2008 New American Democracy Project (NADP) Volunteers, Chicago, Illinois, Chinese American Community Youth Awardee; Francis Joseph DeAsis, High School Senior, John Hersey High School (Arlington Heights, Illinois), Filipino American Community Youth Awardee;
Sheena Anissasari La-Reine Quick, High School Freshman, Hinsdale Central, (Hinsdale, Illinois), Indonesian American Community Youth Awardee; Anita Eumie Kim, High School Senior, Adlai E. Stevenson High School, (Lincolnshire, Illinois), Korean American Community Youth Awardee; Cecile J. Thai, College Junior, Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois);
Malaysian American Community Awardee; Jason Gerdnoi, High School Senior, Niles West High School (Niles, Illinois); Thai American Community Awardee; Danieh Tu Dinh, High School Sophomore, St. Benedict High School (Chicago, Illinois); Vietnamese American Community Awardee.
The gavel was passed on to the next year’s host Filipino American community, accepted by Aurora Abella–Austriaco the 2010 Chair of this event.
Other P.C.S. programs include: “Rangla Punjab 2009,” scheduled for April 11, at Lane Tech High School Auditorium in Chicago and “Punjabi Sports Festival 2009,” planned for the summer of 2009. Scholarships for Punjabi youth will be awarded at the “Graduation Night 2009” in June, 2009., and 8th Annual PCS Chicago International Bhangra and Gidha Competition in late fall 2009.
The Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago is a not-for-profit community organization devoted to promoting education, good citizenship, Punjabi culture, language, performing arts, healthy life style, and sports in the metropolitan Chicago area.
Chicago: Chicagoans had a treat of their lifetime at “PCS Night 2008″ Dinner and Dance Banquet on Saturday, November 8, 2008, at the prestigious Ballroom of Waterford Banquets and Convention Center, Elmhurst Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. The event turned out to be a magnificent showcase of Punjabi folk dances Bhangra and Gidha. This 7th. International Bhangra and Gidha Dance Competition organized by Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago (PCS), (www.PCSChicago.org), was attended by more than a thousand Punjabi, non-Punjabi and local audience.
“I am deeply impressed at the Punjabi talent present here. I have never seen anything like this before. I fully enjoyed the performances, they were all exceptional,“ said Ms. Susan Shin, Director of Asian Affairs Office of the Governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich.
Dr. & Mrs. Bhupinder Singh Saini of Advance Pain Management of Milwaukee Wisconsin were the chief guests and the Grand Sponsors of the “PCS Night 2008”.
“I am pleased to see that our cultural heritage has taken root in this country, and is in good hands of our next generation,” said Dr. Bhupinder Singh Saini after he saw more than 250 young university students, and professionals from all over USA & Canada competing in this most popular P.C.S. event in Chicago.
“We are humbled by such an out pouring of support from our community and the competing teams at this mega event. The whole P.C.S. Chicago committee put in their best effort to make this incredible event a huge success. It was like planning a grandiose youth festival for college teams,” said Amarjit Kaur Atwal, the outgoing P.C.S. President.
Seventh Annual PCS Chicago International Bhangra and Gidha Competition an amazing event. The program started with a candle lighting ceremony. Sixteen Bhangra and Gidha teams from Cornell University New York, University of Illinois Chicago, University of Georgia, Emory University Atlanta, University of Southern California San Diego, Washington DC, Dallas Texas, Milwaukee Wisconsin, California, Michigan, Toronto and Vancouver Canada, were placed to compete for the honors at this competition. Bhangra has caught on to international liking as was evident from the fact that many of the college teams participants were non-Punjabis including many local Americans and Pan-Asian Americans.
The program was jointly emceed by Manjit Singh Gill a Chicago Indian and Punjabi radio host, and Rajinder Singh Mago, board of governors of Punjabi cultural Society of Chicago.
“Surrey India Arts Club” Bhangra dance team from Vancouver Canada area, a highly traditional team since 1975 with a superb live performance and colorful costumes won the championship first place trophy and $3,500 cash award. The second place trophy with a cash award of $1,500 sponsored by Harinder Paul Singh of M.I.T.S. was won by “Nachde Shokeen” Bhangra Academy also from Vancouver Canada area who also rendered a dazzling performance. A young, energetic, and creative “Bull Dawg Da Raj” team from University of Georgia at Athens won the 3rd position trophy and $1000 cash sponsored by Dr. Gurbachan Singh Kapoor at this “7th Annual PCS Chicago International Bhangra Competition.” In the Collegiate category “Bull Dawg Da Raj” University of Georgia was placed first, “Karma Bhangra” of Emory University Atlanta Georgia was placed second and “Cornell Kudiyan” of Cornell University New York placed third. These teams won huge trophies. Other competing Bhangra teams who gave electrifying performances were: “Lalkare Sheran De” Bhangra – DC Metro Punjabi Arts Academy, Washington DC, “Karma Bhangra” – Emory University Atlanta Georgia, “People’s Bhangra” University of Southern California San Diego, “Cornell Kudiyan” Cornell University Ithaca New York, and “UIC Bhangra” Chicago.
“My wife and I come to see it every year, I won’t miss it for anything,” said Younus Suleman the Asian American liaison to US Congressman Bobby Rush. “H.K Gidha” a Gidha dance team from Dallas Texas who stormed the stage with a dashing traditional live singing performance and elaborate authentic Punjabi props bagged the Gidha championship trophy and $3,500 cash award. “Raunak Vehre Di” from Vancouver Canada last year’s championship winners also rendered a superb performance and won the 2nd place trophy and $1,500 cash award sponsored by Mohina and Diljit Ahluwalia. “Koonjan” a Gidha team from Toronto Canada won the 3rd place trophy and $1000 cash award. Other competing Gidha teams who rendered noteworthy and excellent performances were: “Giddhe Diyan Raaniyaan” from Chicago and “Gidha Milwaukee Da” from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
“The girls had a fantastic time on and off stage, it was safe and the PCS hospitality was beyond expectations. The organizers were extremely generous hosts and our experience was one to remember,” said Sukhraj Boparai of “Koonjan” Gidha team from Brampton Ontario Canada.
More than $25,000 cash incentives was disbursed by PCS Chicago amongst competing Bhangra & Gidha teams. Teams traveling farther than 250 miles were provided $500 travel allowance, boarding and lodging for the weekend, local transportation and generous hospitality to all out of state teams by P.C.S.“It is our third year contesting in this PCS competition and we have more and more fun every year,” said Thalvinder Sangha of “Karma Bhangra” Emory University team from Atlanta Georgia.
It was evident from the multi ethnic and multi cultural makeup of the contesting teams that Punjabi Bhangra dance has captured international attention.
“We are trying to preserve the traditional Punjabi folk dances in their authentic form, but to promote it at an international level we need to encourage and include the non Punjabi participants also, ” said Rajinder Singh Mago, the P.C.S. Chicago International Bhangra and Gidha competition coordinator.
“Our PCS team has been working very hard to promote and share our Punjabi culture with mainstream through this and many other such PCS programs,” said Paul Lail, on behalf of Jarnail Singh Lail the outgoing PCS chairman who is on work assignment in India.
“I am honored to be the chairman of P.C.S. Chicago, and I will do my best to support all the P.C.S. events. The organization is already doing a great job representing the Indian American community in mainstream,” said Harinder Paul Singh President of Management & Information Technology Solutions, Inc. (MITS) the incoming P.C.S. chairman for 2008-09.
“I am sure our PCS Officials team will take P.C.S. to still a higher level of community service in coming years,” said Ronny S. Kular the newly appointed president of P.C.S. Chicago for the years 2008-09.
Sunny Kular, Bhagwant Singh Sandhu, Bhinder Pamma, Harwinder Pal Singh Lail, Parminder Singh Ghotra, and Ronny Kular honored the sponsors of the event. Onkar Singh Sangha, Baljeet Kaur Sangha, Mohinderjit Singh Saini and Balwinder Girn helped out with facilities, transportation, security and hospitality.
The new 2008-2009 P.C.S. board was introduced by Bhagwant S. Sandhu with Harinder Paul Singh – Honorary Chairman, Ronny S. Kular – President, Thakar Singh Basati –Vice-President, Balwinder Singh Girn -Executive Secretary, Parminder Singh Ghotra -Finance Secretary, Baljit Singh Sidhu and Jaspal Singh Saini – Sports Directors, Baljeet Kaur Sangha – Youth Affairs Director, Surinder Singh Sangha – Inter Community Director.
Amarjit Kaur Atwal the outgoing president and his family, and Jarnail Singh Lail the outgoing chairman were honored for their outstanding services to the community through PCS.In addition to the current board members, the PCS Board of Governors (PCS Founding members & also past presidents) Thakar S. Basati, Rajinder S. Mago, Manjit Singh Gill, Sukhmel S. Atwal, Mohinderjit S. Saini, Bhagwant S. Sandhu, Sunny S. Kular, Harwinder Pal Singh Lail, Onkar Singh Sangha, and PCS Board of Advisors Jasbir Singh Palia, Bhinder Singh Pamma, Yadwinder Singh Grewal helped organize this mega event.
Some of the coordinators and volunteers who helped are Kevindeep S. Atwal, Pardeep S. Deol, Surinder S. Bhatia, Rishpal Singh, Jaswinder S. Sapal CA, Lovedeep Singh Dulat, Beant Kaur Virk, Balwinder Kaur Sekhon, Nimrata K. Singh, Surinder Kaur Basran, Vipan Kaler, Baljit Kaur, Navraaz Basati, Kehar Singh Soodan and Shamila Khetarpal.
The GRAND SPONSORS were Dr. & Mrs. Bhupinder Singh Saini – Advance Pain Management Wisconsin.
The PLATINUM SPONSORS were Dr. & Mrs. Narinder Singh Grewal of Dhandra Investments California.
The GOLD SPONSORS were American Family Insurance, Bharat Matrimony.Com, Sunny S. Kular, Jarnail S Lail (W.W. Grainger Inc.), Kehar S Soodan (Soodan & Associates), Punjabi Cultural Society Of Kalamazoo MI, Punjabi American Youth Club Of Indiana, Sikh Religious Society of Chicago, Dr. Gurbachan S Kapoor, and Harinder Paul Singh (MITS).The SILVER SPONSORS Sarbjit S Bhandal, Dr. Harjinder S Khaira, Jaidev S Bhathal (Punjab Auto Works), Nimrata Singh, Sukhmel S Atwal, Mukhtiar S Multani, Sarbjeet S Saini, Harcharan S Sidhu, Thakar S Basati, Surinder S Palia, Harvinder S Ghotra (Mohinder Corp.), Harminder S Khaira, Harjinder S Sandhu (Sandhu Petroleum), Balwinder Kaur Ghotra (Gagan Petroleum), Narinder S Munder, Harpal S Tanda, GENCO Alumni Association of Chicago, SAsiaOne Journal (http://www.sasiaone.com/), Diljit & Mohina Ahluwalia, Makhan Shah Labana Society Indiana, Surinder Jain (Viceroy of India), Ranjit Singh & Harbhajan Singh (H.R. Petroleum), Jasbir S Pelia (Taste of India), Tecma Engineering, Air India, and Skyway Travel Chicago, .
Delicious Indian culinary cuisine was catered by Surinder Kumar Jain of Viceroy of India Restaurants. After the competition the Bhangra lovers danced to the DJ bhangra music and live Punjabi Dhol beats. The photos were taken by Devinder Singh Sangha and the video was filmed by Lasting Memories.
Other P.C.S. programs include: “Rangla Punjab 2009,” scheduled for April 11, 2009 at Lane Tech High School in Chicago and “Punjabi Sports Festival 2009,” planned for the summer of 2009. “Scholarships” for Punjabi youth will be awarded at the “Punjabi Youth Graduation Night 2009″ in June 2009.The Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago is a not-for-profit community organization managed by volunteers devoted to promoting Punjabi culture, language, performing arts, education, sports, healthy life style, and good citizenship in the metropolitan Chicago area.
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