FICA Holiday Party India Community Center December 18, 2011
About 200 people packed the India Community Center on December 18th for the first annual FICA Holiday Party. After a period of socializing and grazing on delicious Saffron Patch appetizers, the formal program began.
Michael Sreshta served as chair of the event.
Michael welcomed the many FICA board members, past and present, in the audience and the community leaders from other groups. Yin Tang of the Cleveland Asian Festival presented FICA a plaque for their participation in the annual festival.
Michael Sreshta and Yin Tang
Michael introduced FICA President Mona Alag who welcomed the crowd.
FICA President Mona Alag
Ritu Mahna served as Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening.
Next came performances of traditional holiday songs from Natasha Pillai, Meghna Bettaiah, Aniketh Udipi and Vishal Sundaram.
Natasha Pillai, Meghna Bettaiah, Aniketh Udipi and Vishal Sundaram
The entertainment continued courtesy of Bob Petrarca, Gordon Burgess and Michael Sreshta.
Gordon Burgess and Bob Petrarca
Gordon Burgess, Bob Petrarca and Michael Sreshta
More music was performed by Daric Rolston, Sam Kolli and Anant Maitra.
Sam Kolli and Anant Maitra
Sujata Burgess introduced Olga Crasto who is in Cleveland from Mumbai to have surgery and is staying at the Ronald McDonald House. Olga thanked the community for their support.
Sujata Burgess and Olga Crasto
Dr. Chittaranjan Jain gave an update on the renovation of the Indian Community Center.
Dr. Chittaranjan Jain
A visit from Santa Claus preceded the delicious dinner and dancing and games.