Pharmacists celebrates Diwali with gaiety & fervor

AIPHA members and guests at Diwali celebrations
AIPHA members and guests at Diwali celebrations

CHICAGO, IL: The Association of Indian Pharmacists in America (AIPHA) hosted an exciting 28th Annual Diwali Gala on Saturday, October 3 at the Pearl Banquet in Roselle (a north west suburb of Chicago) attended by over 500 members, along with their families and friends.

The occasion was also used to discuss latest trends in pharmaceutical industry as the Association believes in the adage that “work and pleasure should always go together”.

Monir Chaudhaury, Consul General of Bangladesh, who was Chief Guest at the event, said that with a strong presence of pharmacists of Indian origin, across length and breadth of the US, the role of AIPHA has assumed much greater importance. He congratulated Indian pharmacists for their association with the noble profession of pharmacy which provides, among other things, an opportunity to serve different sections of society.

Chaudhaury added that the annual event provides a rich opportunity to its members to network with co-professionals, to keep themselves abreast with latest developments in their domain, and, above all, to contribute to promotion of their cultural heritage by celebrating Diwali.

A large majority of Indian pharmacists work in hospitals and provide high quality services to customers, a considerable number among them opt for entrepreneurship and set up pharmacies of their own. Harish Bhatt said that Indian pharmacists who set up their pharmacies in disadvantaged areas, cater to inadequately met health-related needs of people and thereby address a socially-relevant challenge.

A welcome highlight was the distribution of rebate checks generated by collective purchasing medicines by the Association. The occasion was also taken to pay rich tributes to Naren Patel, a renowned fellow pharmacist, who became a role model by combining professionalism and philanthropy

Raja Krishnamoorthi, the Democratic nominee and Dr Madhuvanti Ghose from Art Institute of Chicago graced the occasion.

The event had support of a large number of eminent business houses who participated in the event by setting up booths and providing useful information about their new initiatives, emerging product lines, and future endeavors. A few booths which represented key players, committed to charity and to create health awareness, attracted the attention of the participants.

Grand entertainment program was another attraction that kept the audience glued to their seats. The celebration of Diwali included lighting of lamps and candles at the venue, signifying the triumph of light over darkness. The participants were seen wishing each other for prosperity and wealth.

The event concluded with a delicious dinner, enjoyed by one and all. AIPHA, with its network of members across the US, has emerged as an important association of professionals.

Executive Board: Harish Bhatt (President), Rajesh Chotalia (Vice President), Jitesh Patel (Secretary), Haresh Khakhkar (Joint Secretary), Vitthal Patel (Treasurer), Jignesh Gandhi (Joint Treasurer) and the Board of Directors include Tushar Mehta, Snehal Bhavsar, Jyotin Parikh, Gajanan Trivedi, Manu Patel, Shital Manek, Kishore Chugh, Mahendra R. Patel, Ambalal S. Patel and Ambalal H. Patel.

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