Hari Om Mandir in Illinois, hosts annual fundraiser

Hari Om Mandir Patrons, Founder Members, Devotees, Community Leaders from various Social Organizations, at Annual Fundraiser Sept. 16, 2023. PHOTO: Asian Media USA

Hari Om Mandir, Medinah, IL hosted the Annual Fundraiser Dinner, at the Pearl banquet, Roselle, on Sept 16, 2023.

Patrons, founder members, devotees, community leaders of several social organizations, raised funds for various community services and for projects to expand the mandir, a press release from Asian Media USA said.

A Diya lighting ceremony, amidst chanting of mantras by the Mandir priests: Acharya Ram Naresh Vajpayee and Shastri Dharmender Bhatt.

Chaiman BOT, Brij Sharma, President EB, Vipan Wadhera, Chairman FundRaising Committee, Anil Saxena and Prem Salwan from Salwan Trading lighted the lamp to kickoff the program.

Emcees of the evening were Pratibha Jairath and Mona Sharma welcomed one and all. The program included Classical Dance, Bollywood Singing, Rajasthani Folk Dance- Ghoomer, Punjabi Giddha etc.

Performers at the Sept. 16, 2023, annual fundraiser at Hari Om Mandir in Chicagoland. PHOTO: Asian Media USA

Pratibha Jairath and Dr Pradeep Sood sang all-time old favorites,  as well as the fast modern upbeat numbers. Very soon, Couples were on the Dance Floor swaying on slow songs, and picking up speed when Dr Sood sang hit Punjabi songs.

Chairman Fund Raising Anil Saxena, outlined the purpose of the evening and gave a brief update on the ongoing project from 2022 – Hanuman murti. He shared the progress made on the since then, and the remaining funds required for completion.

Vipan Wadhera, president Executive Board, emphasized the significance of the Temples today as a source of preserving the roots of Indian spirituality, values, heritage and culture. He made a final appeal for donations to help the Mandir in conducting Community Service Programs like Medical Camps, Food Drives, Yoga Camps etc, Mandir Growth & Dev Projects.



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