Hari Om Mandir Dinner raises $120,000

L-R: Mrs Nirmal Bagga, Past President, Rajeev Bharel, President, Executive Board, Mrs Sneh Chaudhary, Secretary, Brij Sharma, Vice President, Vipan Wadhera, Past President. Pics courtesy Ganes Yadav

CHICAGO, IL: Hari Om Mandir celebrated its 25th Annual Fund Raising Dinner with great pomp and style on Saturday, October 13 at India House Banquet Hall, Schaumburg, a north side Chicago suburb. The event helped the management raise funds over $120,000.
The program started with chanting of Shloka, ‘Karpur Gaurav Karunavtaram’ by Mrs Sneh Chaudhary. Thereafter she introduced the MCs for the evening Mrs Indu Wadhwa who in turn called Gaurav, RJ from Desi Junction, as her co-host for the evening. Priests performed the Ganpati pooja and Board of Trustees Chairman (BOT) Chairman Ayodhia Salwan, along with Rajeev Bharel, President Executive Board and Brij Sharma, Chairman Fund Raising, lighted the lamp.
Govind Dhingra sang a bhajan ‘Aaja Aaja Aajare Tu Gita ke Bhagwan tu Apna Vachan Nibhajare’. After this Brij Sharma and Rajeev Bharel gave welcoming speeches. Brij Sharma spoke about the temple and its importance for immigrants. Rajeev Bharel highlighted the contribution of senior members who have worked day and night to generate funds for setting up this temple. He thanked members of the Fund Raising Committee and members of the Board who worked tirelessly to make this event a success.

Ayodhia Salwan apprised about the current status of the 20 feet Hanumanji statue being made in India for installation in the Mandir parking lot. This was followed by a cultural program compiled by children of all ages. In between the performances, Mrs Madhu Salwan sang a song. The last cultural item for the evening was Bhangra dance by the youth team. Tushar Sharma and his team gave a spellbinding performance. Mrs Indu Wadhwa and Gaurav shared lot of jokes. Sat Pal Salwan, who was the keynote speaker, spoke about various ways of donation.
Ranbir Tangri, Mrs Usha Singla and Ravi Rawat of India House were recognized for their help to the temple. Mr Sham Rawal gave vote of thanks.
It was a great team work and all the volunteers and executives deserve compliments for their hard work. Special mention here goes to Anil Saxena, In charge of Special Events, Akshay Sarkar, past President of Executive Board, Gopal Tiwari, Treasurer, Sham Rawal, Vice Chairman Board of Trustees, Satish Chander, Member Board of Trustees, Vipan Wadhera, past President of Executive Board and Vikas Chaudhary.
Board members
Chairman Board of Trustees: Mr. Ayodhia N Salwan
Executive Board: Mr. Rajeev Bharel, President; Mr. Brij Sharma, Vice President; Mr. Gopal Tiwari, Treasurer; Mrs. Sneh Choudhary, Secretary; Mr. Sunil Saxena, Property Management;
Mr. Swappan Kumar, Publication, Parking & Volunteer team head;
Mrs. Anshu Paul, Education; Mr. Anil Saxena, Special Events
Mr. Ramesh Bhardwaj, Food; Nirmal Bagga – Outgoing president
The Priests: Shastri Yogesh Pandya Ji and Pd Dinesh Ji
About Hari Om Mandir
Hari Om Mandir is located at DuPage County in the heart of Chicago land. The Mandir has statues of all major North Indian gods & goddesses. Every Sunday there is a Havan and general congregation followed by Aarti and Bhojan Prasad. On every first Saturday of the month there is Devi Jagran from 7-10 pm. Every Monday there is Shiv Puja and every Tuesday there is Hanuman Challisa Path. There are two learned priests available in temple, for Poojas, Havan, Kathas etc in the temple and at home.

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