A sunny day, a crowd of enthusiastic players and the Sixth Annual Golf Event was off to a resounding start. Organized by the Indian American Chamber of Commerce, the event was held at the beautiful Bella Collina golf course.
The event was attended to capacity, with 112 players and twenty eight teams. A scramble tournament was held, using four person teams. The four-man scramble features teams of four players competing against one another. In this format, each team’s players hit from the teebox, then the team members choose the best of the four shots for the next shot. All team members then play the second shot from that location, and again choose the best shot. Play continues in this manner until the hole is completed. The team then records its score and maintains that format for all 18 holes.
South Orlando Audi added the incentive of offering a 2016 Audi at the 3rd and 16th holes. A 170+ yard shot, accomplished in a hole in one would secure the prize. Each team competed for the prize, but it remained elusive. Nevertheless the event generated much cheering and hilarity and was enjoyed by all.
An excellent lunch was served mid afternoon. And a Yoga class led by Alpa Bhatia was attended by young and old alike. The benefits of Yoga, discipline, flexibility and as a stress reliever are becoming ever more popular in the Western world.
The winning team members were:
A big thank you to our Sponsors
Title Sponsor - Nona Med
Gold Sponsor - Fatt Merchant and Audi
Silver Sponsor - Modis
The Golf Event ended on a high note, well organized by Jay A. Shah and very well appreciated.
by Anjali Sivakumaran
The IACC annual gala is always such a fun event.
These words, which we all repeatedly overheard, could be a fitting title for the Sixth Annual IACC Awards Gala held at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando. As usual, attended by a glittering crowd of business and professional people, the Gala showcased the the movers and doers of the Americans of Indian origin in the community. Elegant saris and gararas shared the space with sherwanis and tuxedos. Representatives of the Sponsors mingled with the Indian glitterati, enjoying the hor d'oeuvres and the antics of the acrobats. The Silent Auction offered an enticing array of items to bid on.
Settling down to the business of the evening, the crowd was introduced to the mandate of the IACC, and its Executive and Leadership Committee, in a video presentation by the President, Mr Tino Patel. The Awards presentation followed.
An excellent dinner supplied by Tabla was served. And the infectious beat of Bollywood music persuaded many onto the dance floor, to dance the night away.
Special Thanks to
Speaker - Congressman John Mica
Male Entrepreneur of the Year - Kannan Srinivasan.
Female Entrepreneur of the Year - Dr. Mona Patel
Distinguished Community Service Award - Dr Ravi Jhagidhar
New Entrepreneur of the year - Anil Sant
Young Entrepreneur of the Year - Vik Tipnes
We at the IACC appreciate all those who attended our latest “She Connects” event! We would like to thank Orlando Health for their support, and Kristen for sharing her journey with us. The IACC “She Connects” committee hope that you took away some instructive and applicable tips on how to improve your mental, emotional and physical health through the use of Ayurveda and Yoga. Now it is time for us to hear from you! We would like to know what you thought of the event and understand what you want more of. Kindly complete the survey below. We look forward to hosting you again at the next “She Connects” event!
The IACC held its monthly Business After Hours on19th March. The topic of the presentation was Strengthening IT Security. A most topical subject, it provided valuable information for both the commercial sector and the private user. Mr Lyndon Modomo, introduced by Ms Lee Ann Horton of Trilogy Advisory Services, made his presentation in an lucid and easy to follow style. He highlighted the dos and the dont's of traversing the pathways of information technology, precautions and common mistakes. A excellent dinner was provided by Aashirwaad.
By Aruna Moidu
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Jan 31, 2015 declared INDIA DAY by Proclamation, by Mayor Buddy Dyer.
India Day January, 2015, celebrated in partnership with the Indian American Chamber of Commerce and the Orlando Magic, was, as expected, a vibrant, glittering affair.
Commencing with a members-only luncheon, the IACC hosted some of the eminent professionals, entrepreneurs and businessmen from Central Florida. Also present were Ms Linda Gonzalez, Vice President of Community Affairs of the Magic Organization, Mr. Ajit Kumar, Consul General of India at Atlanta, and members of other Chambers.
Mr. Luis Martinez, representative of Mayor Buddy Dyer, and Director of Multicultural Affairs, read the Proclamation, recognizing the Diaspora of a bustling and diverse Indian community and declaring January 31, 2015, as India Day. Ms. Gonzalez congratulated the IACC for a very successful year and Mr. Ajit Kumar emphasized a new era of cooperation between the United States and India.
President Obama was the Chief Guest at the Republic Day Parade in New Delhi, and his visit heralded a new understanding between the world's two largest democracies. Tino Patel, President, also congratulated the IACC for achieving new heights in terms of membership & importance of culture in today’s global economy and fostering business relationships with various chambers & organizations. Dr Amish Parikh, Chair for India Day, recognized the sponsors and for following the sworn mandate of providing opportunities for Indian American businesses in Central Florida.
In an original melding of the East and the West, an ancient culture and modern trends, the IACC had as a special guest, Jay Sean, a well known R&B Artist. He performed to a thrumming, enthusiastic crowd after the game between the Orlando Magic and the Dallas Mavericks. The arena vibrated with his music and his fans could not get enough.
The Street Fest was, as usual, an immensely popular event. The Indian and Bollywood dances, the exhibition of Indian art and culture, drew in the crowds. Henna art, Indian clothes, and the smells of spicy Indian food tantalized.
The basketball game was preceded by a dance performance from a contingent of local Indian American youngsters from the Bollywood Dance Academy. They put up a spirited performance. Another youthful group sang the Indian national anthem under the tutelage of Vidya Vihar. Halftime saw the dance performance from a troupe from Studio C. The Magic dances incorporated Bollywood moves into their dances in keeping with the spirit of India day.
The night ended on a high note with singer Jay Sean performance, it was another very successful, well attended India Day.
For more information on Indian American Chamber of Commerce please visit www.iaccOrlando.com.
By Aruna Moidu
The fifth annual Indian American Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet & Gala was held November 8th at the prestigious Gaylord Palms Hotel. The sold out event was decorated elegantly with an Andy Warhol theme that brought the room alive. The evening started off with a silent auction that consisted of over 50 items. Following the auctions were the awards and an inspirational speech by our energetic speaker Mr. Lee Cockerell. As the night proceeded, the guest enjoyed a well tasteful Indian dinner followed by some of Bollywood's top music and dancing.
IACC 2nd Women's Forum: She Connects. We were so pleased to have Dr. Neha Sangwan speake to us on October 8th 2014. For more info on future events please email to email@example.com or click on http://www.iaccorlando.com
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Sun Trust Business After Hours at Citus Club
Billed as 'Funny Business', the Indian American Chamber of Commerce, presented Anish Shah in an evening of comedy, which proved to be that and more. Playing to a packed house, Shah took the receptive audience with him on his personal journey from undergraduate school to the present. Tracing his failures and his successes with a wry, self deprecating humor, he had his audience in stitches. With an occasional dig at his own ethnic background, more often than not he himself was the butt of the jokes. Yet in the midst of all the laughter, there was a vein of seriousness, and a final irony when he confessed that a company that had released him early in his business career, invited him back for their corporate events in his new incarnation as Comic and Motivational Speaker!
A fine Chinese dinner, courtesy Ashirwaad, and the elegant ambiance of the Renaissance Hotel, all compounded to make it a most successful IACC event.
by Aruna Moidu
A sparkling, sunny day, a crowd of enthusiastic players and the Third Annual Golf Event was off to a resounding start. Organized by the Indian American Chamber of Commerce, the event was held at the Metrowest Golf Club on April 13th, 2014.
The event was attended to capacity, with ninety six players and twenty four teams. A Best Ball tournament was also held, using four person teams. Each player played with their own ball throughout the round and the lowest score counted as the team score.
Massy Cadillac added the incentive of offering a 2014 Cadillac at the 3rd hole. A 150 yard shot, accomplished in a hole in one would secure the prize. Each team competed for the prize, but it remained elusive. Nevertheless the event generated much cheering and hilarity and was enjoyed by all.
An excellent lunch was served mid afternoon. And a Yoga class led by Retu & Alpa Bhatia was attended by young and old alike. The benefits of Yoga, discipline, flexibility and as a stress reliever are becoming ever more popular in the Western world.
Former Orlando Magic players, Bo Outlaw and Nick Anderson added glitz to event as did the presence of Marcus Jordan (Son of Michael Jordan). Their prowess on the green amazed and enthralled.
The winning team members were
The Golf Event ended on a high note, well organized by Jay Shah and very well appreciated.
By Aruna Moidu /Anjali Sivakumaran
Mr Ajit Kumar, Consul General of India in Atlanta, Introduced by Tino Patel, President, honored the Indian American Chamber of Commerce, Orlando, with his presence this week. A career diplomat of distinguished standing, he served as Consul General of India in Frankfurt from 2007-2011, and had also served as India's Ambassador to the Republic of Zimbabwe and Consul General of India in Durban, South Africa. He came to the US in 2012 to set up the Consulate in Atlanta to service the Southeastern states, including Florida, for all their consular needs. The opening of the Consulate was received with acclaim by the Indian American community, who had to, so far, refer to Houston for these services.
Thanks to executive committee & Leadership Team for organizing the event. (Tino Patel, Dr Varesh Patel, Yog Melwani, Jay Shah, Dr Beena Parikh). The event was well attend by leaders of HSCF, BAPS Swaminarayan temple, Gujarati Society of Tampa, Unity Run, Gujarati Society of Central Florida, Ekal Vidyalay, AAHOA, AAPI & Other local chambers.
The Consul General spoke to business and community leaders, eminent professionals, representatives from other Chambers and members of the IACC about a new era in Indo-American relations. Talking about the Emerging India, he pointed out the great strides the country has made since it's independence in 1947. One of it's most notable medical achievements on the world stage is the eradication of polio in the country. In spite of the global recession, India's productivity and growth remain, while the deficit shows a downward trend. India is the world's largest democracy, and this year 1.2 billion people will go to the polls. It is the world's largest exporter of rice, and the second largest producer of movies!!!
Emphasizing the developing, mutually reciprocal relationship between India and the US the Consul General celebrated the investment by multinationals in India, including those by CocaCola and Pepsi, GE and others. In turn India imports much of its advanced military hardware from the US. The three million Americans of Indian origin are assimilated into the fabric of American society, sharing their expertise in various fields, and the several hundred thousand Indian students contribute billions in fees to local universities and colleges.
His audience had many questions, including one about safety of tourists and women in particular, in India. He said the new laws had been passed to impose the severest penalties to perpetuators of sexual offenses.
Answering many, many questions about consular services the CG stressed they were working towards making the services more efficient and user friendly. He said, in an emergency, he would personally try to help stalled Visa and other applications. A fact substantiated by an attendee, who said the CG's personal intervention had helped to expedite the Visa of a friend, so he could get to India in time for his own wedding! He advised about using the web link on the consular website. A most personable gentleman, the Consul General of India in Atlanta is a very welcome addition to cadre of Indian diplomats in the US.
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By Aruna Moidu
Bollywood Dances, Hot Samosas and an Orlando Magic Win at India Day 2014
Add to this an appearance by the Miss America 2014, and a fantastic event orchestrated in partnership by the Indian American Chamber of Commerce and the Orlando Magic, and you have India Day 2014! The Indian American Chamber of Commerce and the Orlando Magic partnered for a second successive year to celebrate India Day. Held on Sunday, Jan 19th, the day and evening combined a range of festivities, culminating in a home game where the Magic hosted the Boston Celtics.
The day commenced with a news conference with the guest of honor, Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri. Personable and charming she engaged her audience with her own personal story. Her platform 'celebrate diversity by cultural competency' was especially meaningful, and her message to her fans was 'be true to yourself'. On a less serious note she confessed, that while she loved the sari, having grown up in America, she found Western attire more comfortable.
From 4pm to 6pm Amway Center was rocking!!! A Street Festival was underway and Orlando responded. Strains of Bollywood music by DJ Volcanic set many feet a-tapping, while the scent of Indian food wafted through the air. Indian clothes were on display and the lady applying the henna was doing brisk marketing. Dance performances riveted the eyes, and the Flash Mob of fifty engaged and enthralled.
While the Game was underway, a VIP Reception was held at the Amway Center. Elected officials of Central Florida, including Orange County Commissioner, Ted Edwards, Sheriff Demmings, Orange County Property Appraiser, Mr Rick Singh, Seminole County Commissioner Lee Constantine and State Representatives Bryan Nelson, Victor Torres and Ricardo Rangel and Magic's Linda Gonzales mingled with business and social leaders and IACC.
The IACC contributed over 1400 tickets to various non-profit organizations.
As the Magic ended the night with a win, it seemed apropos to hold up the placards which read 'JAI HO MAGIC' and 'INDIA IS MAGIC.'
by Aruna Moidu
Pictures by Digital Dreams, Bhavin Patel & Brion Price
Orlando Magic Amway Indian fusion performance