Unity Dinner 2010
|Thanks to everyone for your presence and support at the 9th Annual Unity Dinner event on Friday March 26, 2010 at the Fremont Marriott.
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FDA Dietary Supplements talk of the night at IACF dinner
FREMONT: The who is who of Northern California, whether in the community or in the political arena came together with seriousness and elegance at the 9th annual Indo-American Community Federation (IACF) unity dinner at the Fremont Marriott on March 26.
The theme for this year’s dinner was ‘Unity Though Diversity: A New Change for America’s Children which it showcased appropriately by educating the politicians and community leaders about the dangers of over-the-counter-supplements.
Sharan Dhanoa, a law student at the University of Santa Clara, set the tone for the evening by introducing The Last Smile, A father’s love story – a journey of hope authored by the IACF Founder Jeevan Zutshi. The book has in it a detailed chapter researched about Dietary Supplements and “A system overdue for reform.” It reads: “In a medical system that is dominated by drug companies and with the increasing expense of healthcare, people are naturally looking for preventative measures and a way to take their health into their own hands. Healthcare is driven by the pharmaceutical industry, known as Big Pharma. The drug companies are in a position to fund the studies and they have influence over both doctors and the government, which approves and oversees the medicines that are distributed through the FDA. Big Pharma’s influence over doctors, however, is most likely reason that more and more people have become disenchanted with our current medical system. Drug companies attempt to influence the medical decisions of doctors from the time they enter medical school.”
Next speaker was Mary Ellen Taylor, Public Affairs Specialist of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) who spoke extensively about Dietary supplements. She went over the facts about dietary supplements and their future.
Jeevan Zutshi expressed some hope because Senators John McCain and Byron Dorgan recently introduced the Dietary Supplements Safety Act of 2010 (DSSA) that if passed will restrict Americans’ access to nutritional supplements.
The cultural Program was dominated by Chinese and Indian dances, which ran the gamut of different cultures and allowed the audience to view small cultural vignettes.
Bill Lockyer, Treasurer of the State of California and a great supporter of the annual dinner was the chief guest. His keynote speech focused on community, healthcare and education.
Nancy O’Malley, District Attorney, Alameda County spoke about the law and order situation in the county and her efforts in understanding the social and economic aspects of the crime, not just the nature of crime.
Cheryl Cook-Kallio, the Vice-Mayor of the City of Pleasanton was another speaker who spoke about Youth engagement. “It is so important to model civic engagement early. A good citizen means more than just showing up at the voting booth periodically, it is constant participation in the community. Young people who learn these civic skills and dispositions become the leaders of tomorrow”, she said.
As a tradition of honoring outstanding individuals every year, this year 2010 IACF Honorees were Organization of the year – One Child founded by Bernie Dutra; Kuldip Thusu, Ph.D., for Community Service and former Fremont Vice-Mayor Steve Cho as the Citizen of the Year.
The IACF awards were Presented by California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, Former Assembly member John Dutra, Mayor City of Cupertino, Kris Wang; State Senator Ellen Corbett and some community leaders, as decided by the IACF Awards Committee, headed by Tim Reilly and Jeevan Zutshi.
Honorable Mention of the Roman Reed Foundation, Park Central Nursing homes and Ron Demetro were made by the IACF Youth President Rahul Zutshi, who traveled from Washington D.C, his new home, to attend the event.
Shashi Sharma, IACF President (2004-2008) gave vote of thanks, and The Carmen Milagro Band of San Francisco provided the DJ dancing.
Dr. Naresh Sharma, the current IACF President said in his address that IACF was focused in serving the community by addressing very important issues, one of reasons that the event is always sold out to the fullest capacity of the big ball room year after year. All the organizations including Fremont Chamber of commerce, Indo-American organizations, Washington Hospital, Palo Alto Medical Foundation and numerous non-profits support the event every year.
Unity through Diversity: A New Change for America’s Children
‘A unity in diversity dinner’
Date: March 26, 2010 (Friday)
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Qabeli Palow (No Meat)
Ohlone College Foundation
Alta Family Clinic, Dinuba
Pete Stark Foundation
Unity Dinner 2010 Program
Master of Ceremonies
Cindy Bonior, CEO, Fremont Chamber of Commerce
The Carmen Milagro Band
Indian: Dr. Deepak Sachdev and group
American: Lena Zee
Welcome – Opening Remarks
IACF President, Dr. Naresh Sharma
Lisa Performing Arts
Dancers: Kristen Wu, Tiffany Zhang
Dancres: Christina Wang, Justine Liang, Shirley Ye
Significance of Unity Dinner
Recognition of IACF Board
Subhash Garg, Ph.D.
Message from IACF Chairman
Introductions and Recognition
Congressman Ed Royce (CA-40)
Congressman Pete Stark (CA-13)
Congressman Jerry McNerney
Hon. California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer
Hon. State Senator Liz Figueroa (Retired)
Hon. Assembly member John Dutra (Retired)
Hon. Assembly member Alberto Torrico
Hon. County of Alameda Supervisor Scott Haggerty
Hon. County of Alameda Supervisor Wilma Chan (Retired)
Hon. Mayor City of Fremont, Bob Wasserman
Hon. Mayor City of Newark, Dave Smith
Hon. Mayor City of Union City, Mark Green
Hon. Mayor City of Hayward, Mike Sweeney
Hon. Mayor City of Cupertino, Kris Wang
Hon. Council member San Jose, Ash Kalra
Hon.Council member Madison Nguyen
Hon.Council member Hayward, Dr. Bill Quirk
Hon.Council member Hayward, Ken Dowling
Hon. Vice Mayor Fremont, Bob Wieckowski
Hon. Council member Fremont, Anu Natarajan
Hon. Council member Fremont, Bill Harrison
Hon. Council member Fremont, Sue Chan
Hon. Vice Mayor City Milpitas, Pete McHugh
Hon. Council member Pleasanton, Cheryl Cook-Kallio
Hon. Alameda COunty District Attorney, Nancy O’Malley
Hon. Members of Washington Hospital Board, Fremont School Board, Ohlone College Board, and all other Honorable public officials in attendance
Mary Ellen Taylor
Public Affairs Specialist
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Nancy O’Malley, District Attorney, Alameda County
Introduction by Annie Saadi
Hon. Cheryl Cook-Kallio
“It is so important to model civic engagement early. A good citizen means more than just showing up at the voting booth periodically, it is constant participation in the community. Young people who learn these civic skills and dispositions become the leaders of tomorrow.”
California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer
Introduction by Jeevan Zutshi
IACF Awards Committee Chair: Mr. Timothy Reilly, V.P, Union Bank
2010 IACF Honorees
Organization of the year – One Child
Introduction by Dominic Dutra, Former City of Fremont Council member
Presented by California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, San Jose City Council member Ash Kalra, Fremont Council member Anu Natarajan, Dr. Romesh Japra
Kuldip Thusu, Ph.D., for Community Service and Leadership
Introduction by Dr. Harmesh Kumar
Presented by California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, Hayward Council member Bill Quirk, Former State Senator Liz Figueroa, Anil Yadav
Citizen of the Year
Introduction by Garrett Yee
Presented by California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, Former Assembly member John Dutra, Mayor City of Cupertino Kris Wang, Niraj Baxi
Presented by Rahul Zutshi
Roman Reed Foundation
Park Central Care and Rehabilitation
Vote of thanks
Dr. Naresh Sharma, IACF President (2004-2008)
The Carmen Milagro Band