In the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit, Sewa means Service - a unique concept of Service - Selfless Efforts for Welfare of All. Sewa International USA is a Hindu faith-based humanitarian non-profit service organization. Their vision is to increase civic engagement of the communities in the United States to volunteer and promote volunteering.
They aspire to do Sewa with Tana (Giving our time physically), Mana (Giving our time mentally), and Dhana (Giving our wealth through donation for positive Sewa Projects). They promote selfless service through chapters in cities and towns across the United States.
On November 15, 2014 a sold-out crowd attended an event in Cleveland to learn more about Sewa International, recognize super volunteers and to support the cause - specifically the Family Services project.
After a social hour, Hira Fotedar told of the mission of Sewa International and introduced the MCs for the evening - Jayanthi Ramanan and Sravanthi.
The Chief Guest Shokat Fatteh, M.D, and Sree Sreenath, president of Sewa International USA lit the lamp to begin the event.
This was followed by a prayer.
After dinner, Sree Sreenath, president of Sewa International USA, explained the basic philosophy of Sewa International and told how Sewa volunteers "serve without any discrimination."
Sree Sreenath continued, telling where and how Sewa International has served the community and world.
Then Dr. Sreenath explained their work in Northeast Ohio and emphasized the importance of families. He spoke about the new project that will focus on Family Services.
Shokat Fatteh, M.D, Chancellor of Avalon University School of Medicine was the Chief Guest at the 2104 Sewa International event in Cleveland.
Shokat Fatteh, M.D.
Jayanthi and Sravanthi presented the Chief Guest's wife with flowers.
Before the awards, Hira Fotedar sang a Hindi prayer that reflects the lives of service of the honorees.
Lakshminarayanan (Ambi) and Latha Venkatraman received the 2014 Sewa International Award for Excellence in Philanthropy.
Latha and Lakshminarayanan (Ambi)Venkatraman receive awardLatha and Lakshminarayanan (Ambi)Venkatraman
Ramesh Shah and his wife Dr. Jaya Shah received the Sewa International Lifetime Achievement Award for Exceptional Service and Volunteerism.
Ramesh and Jaya Shah receive award
Ramesh and Jaya Shah Mona Alag received the Sewa International Person of the Year Award for Exceptional Service and Volunteerism. Mona Alag receives award
Jayanthi and Ram Ramanan received the 2014 Sewa International Award for Exceptional Service and Volunteerism.
Jayanthi and Ram Ramanan receive award
Ram and Jayanthi Ramanan
After the awards, Jayanthi Ramanan introduced a woman who was helped by Sewa International with a wheelchair accessible van so she can go to work.
The evening continued with musical performances, raffles and fun. Enjoy these other images from the Sewa International event.
Chief Guest Shokat Fatteh, M.D, and Mrs Fatteh
Mona and Harjit Alag
Ramesh and Jaya Shah with
Gita Gidwani and Mohan Bafna
MCs Jayanthi and Sravanthi
Dr. Bhupinder Sawhney and Sudarshan Sathe
During one song, the singer noticed a little girl dancing and scooped her up to the stage.
Learn more about the great work of Sewa International USA.
Dr. Sree Sreenath
Helen and Bimla Malhotra, Mona Alag
and Dr Shanta and Surinder Kampani
Flowers for the Chief Guest's wife
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