John Hammond, IAFC Director and the Awards Banquet Chair eloquently spoke about the simple living and high thinking of Mahatma Gandhi who dedicated his life to peace and humanity. He further stated that proceeds of the banquet would benefit Mahatma Gandhi Memorial project. “ As a strong Indian American community, we all need to focus on local (US) issues like education, health care, social security, roads and transportation, safety and security etc., and express our opinions with an unified voice and need to participate in the US election process”, said Dr. Prasad Thotakura, IAFC Texas State Chairman, said.
Thotakura further stated that IAFC has been recognized twice in US Congress for its dynamic role in building better relations between the largest democracy, India and the oldest democracy USA. This year’s Awards Banquet is so special as Hon. Governor Haley attended the event as a Keynote Speaker and very successful people from all walks of life being felicitated with distinguished awards Nikki Haley and Thotakura, along with other IAFC Board of Directors presented awards to the following individuals.
“IAFC-Outstanding Scholar & Administrator” award was presented to Kharbari M. Vistasp, eighth President of the University of Texas at Arlington.
“IAFC-Community Bridge Award” was presented to Beth Van Duyne.
“IAFC-Outstanding Entrepreneur Award” was presented to Arun Agarwal, CEO, Alok International
“IAFC-Outstanding Youth Excellence Award” was presented to Ali A. Saherwala, 2nd year Medical Student, UT Southwestern, Dallas
Taiyab Kundawala, Vice President, in his closing remarks thanked the guests and congratulated all award winners.