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New Year 2015 bash with a charitable mission

By Suresh & Usha Bodiwala

Chicago IL (Jan. 06, 2015): Ushering the New Year Chicago Style was the highlight of the spectacular New Year bash with Charitable mission as its central focus to help the victims ravaged by HudHud cyclone in Andhra Pradesh, a breathtaking New Year 2015 Bash was unveiled with an eclectic display of music, singing and dance performances augmented by a lavish spread of food as overflowing guests gathered in the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Hotel, 3000 Warrenville Rd, Lisle, IL on December 31, 2014 lasting into the wee hours of the New Year day.

A large turnout of 600 + party revelers joined this beautiful celebration with family and friends to welcome 2015. This large bash was hosted by Dr Ram Gajjela under the aegis of CDM & HR Group, Nature Resource.

He acknowledged the hard work of Ms. Chandini Duvvuri, President, Events Unlimited who was in-charge of the overall Organizing, Décor Design and coordination of this spectacular event.

The Core Event team includes Jitendra Diganvker, Noman Khan, Harsha Reddy & Azha syed.

Dr. Ram Gajjela, the principal host who is Chicago’s renowned health-care industry figure. In his remarks outlining the primary objective said that the New Year event was hosted with the purpose of raising funds for the victims of Hudhud Cyclone that ravaged the coastal region of Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh state in October 2014.  Substantiating his remarks with audio/visual presentation, Dr. Ram Gajjela made an impassioned plea with the spotlight on the loss of life and damage caused by this high intensity cyclone in Andhra Pradesh. 

Ram Gajjela also took the opportunity to throw spotlight on the other tragic incidents and urged the families to pause for a moment in silent prayer to pay homage for the victims of various tragedies around the globe with a pronounced focus on the victims of Hudhud cyclone. Dr. Ram Gajjela made a preliminary declaration of $ 10,000 donation and added that additional efforts are underway to mobile more funds to support the victims.  

The theme of the evening was Midnight in Paris and ballroom had been decorated appropriately to reflect the theme. Guests dressed in gorgeous Indian and western evening wear dazzled the ballroom and filled the air with a great party spirit.

The event started off with Noman Khan (The first Emcee) of Yeh Cheez Group welcoming crowd. The first act of the evening was an Exclusive Fashion Show by “La Couture by Sana Yasoob”. Models walked the ramp and received great appreciation for their style, beauty and elegance. The audience loved the outfits and the glamour that was added by the models of Yeh Cheez Modeling Agency. Some of the Models that were featured at this event were: Anju Sharma, Preeti Kaushal Poindexter, Pooja Patel, Ahlam Malow, Anup Kilani, Aatka Feroz (Miss Pakistan World 2014), Anand Bhatt (Mr. India IL 2013), Sachin Kumar, Madhura Patil, Azha Syed and Noman Khan. The crowd got even more excited when they saw their favorite, Actress Richa Panai walking the ramp for Yeh Cheez and La Couture.

After the Fashion Show, Noman Khan introduced the promoter and sponsor of the show, Dr. Ram Gajjala (Chairman of CDM & HR GROUP and Nature Resource). Dr. Ram talked about the HUDHUD Cyclone and explained how the proceeds from this event will go towards HUDHUD Cyclone Relief Fund. Dr. Ram also showed a mini video about the Cyclone in HudHud and it’s after effects.

After Dr. Ram’s Speech, Noman Khan introduced the second emcee of the evening, popular anchor from Tollywood, Pradeep Machiraju. The audience loved Pradeep and he kept them entertained for the next half hour. He went to adults and kids in the audience and asked them questions in his humorous style.

Pradeep introduced the next act, which was a special Bollywood dance performance by our very own popular dance group of Chicago, Yeh Cheez Dance Group. As usual, Yeh Cheez put up a phenomenal show and kept the audience on their feet by their non-stop 17 minutes long performance. It was a great mix of Bollywood and few Tollywood songs. The performers were: Noman Khan (Captain) along with Anand Bhatt, Pooja Patel, Kajol Topiwala, Karishma Bhagwakar, Anup Kilani, Ahlam Malow, Shivam Rami and Suhana Syed.

Anchor Pradeep Machiraju entertained the crowd with his witty remarks and spontaneous jokes. He even taught local Chicago dancers a few simple dance steps, making it a fun moment for all

Prudhvi Chandra and Ranina Reddy sang some amazing songs and kept the audience entertained. Singing sensation Ranina Reddy rocked the stage with catchy Bollywood and Tollywood numbers that kept the party going on high energy. Everyone in the audience truly enjoyed her performance. Prudhvi Chandra presented both melody and fast beat numbers, adding more energy to the event. Actress Richa Panai and Madhu Shalini also danced to the singing of Prudhvi Chandra and Ranina Reddy and entertained the audience.

Dj Hiren took over from 11pm and made everyone dance on his beats. All the celebrities, organizers and performers came on stage before 12pm and thanked the audience for their support and started the New Year’s Countdown.

This grand New Year gala added a glamour quotient with the presence of the Bollywood and Tollywood’s star power led by glamorous actresses Miss Richa Panai, Miss. Madhu Shalini appeared on stage and danced to a few popular Telugu songs creating a lot excitement among the audience, celebrity.
A sumptuous dinner was catered by Cuisine of India and offered a wide variety of choices for party guests.  The bar area was open for cocktails and beverages throughout the evening.

The final hour before midnight, the dance floor began to fill up with party guests who showed their best dance moves and have a great time with friends and loved ones. The DJ played non-stop hits and everyone had a fantastic time dancing.  The countdown to New Year was awaited with great excitement and energy. At the stroke of Midnight, partygoers celebrated with Champagne and exchanged best wishes with each other for the New Year.   
 
Some of the notable community figures who supported and/or participated in this gala event include Federation of Indian Associations [FIA] President Keerthi Kumar Ravoori, Indo American Democratic Organization [IADO] President Dr. Ashish Sen, ATA Founder Hanumanth Reddy, TTA President Jagadish Kanuri,  Telugu Association of Greater Chicago [TAGC] past-presidents Kalyan Anandula Reddy, Sundar Dittakavi, Srinivas Pedamallu, current president, Jagan Bukkaraju, and Chicago Telugu Association [CTA] President Srinivas Boppana among other community figures Raja Krishnamurthy, Jitender Diganker, Vir Doshi and Jawahar R. Police.

Indeed, everyone welcomed 2015 in a grand style with their loved ones by their side. The party went on up to 2 pm. The celebrations continued into the night with dancing by the couples and children continued to a high-decibel music ushering the New Year.