Asians celebrate Heritage Month with awards ceremony

Beena Patel, the Asian American Heritage Month celebration host, 'Miss Chicago' Marisa Buchheit and   Michael Moore, with Award recipients
Beena Patel, the Asian American Heritage Month celebration host, ‘Miss Chicago’ Marisa Buchheit and Michael Moore, with Award recipients

Chicago: Chicago Asians celebrated their 14th Annual Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month (AAHM) on May 16 with an awards ceremony and cultural program at Richard J. Daley Center downtown.

The reception was hosted jointly by Dorothy Brown, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County (CCCC), and Beena Patel, president of the 14-year old Asian American Employees Social Club (AAESC).

This year Mrs Dorothy Brown, due to conflict in schedule, could not attend the event in person. Her place was substituted by Michael Moore, executive clerk of Court Operations and Administration Principal Host Beena Patel, Asian Committee Chair. Beena opened the event and first congratulated Prime Minister elect of India, Narendra Modi for his triumphant overwhelming election victory in recent Indian general election.

Master of Ceremony ‘Miss Chicago’ Marisa Buchheit individually thanked all the AAESC members and event sponsors. She recounted how AAHM was started over 10 years ago to celebrate contributions of American Asian-Pacific communities.

Award recipients for 2014 were: Jayal Amin- Community Service; Dr Bharat Barai- Leader in Medicine Service; Sgt. Abdul Kapadia- Law Enforcement Service /Cook County Sheriff; Rana Javed Khan- Public Relations/Media; Judge Pamela Leeming- Judiciary Service; Judge Jessica O’Brien- Judiciary Service; Savita Punjabi- Clerk of Circuit Court Asian Employee; Dr Ashish Sen- Political Service.

A breathtaking fashion show and designer clothing was provided by Prina Bagia. Prina’s passion for fashion and design started at a young age and her dream is finally turning into a reality.

Vote of thanks and closing remarks were done by Beena Patel. The program was followed by a luncheon reception at the Clerk’s Office at the 10th floor Conference Room.

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