The following article was provided by the Sunshine Association.
On September 2, 2013, Sunshine Seniors Association celebrated with dancing, dinner and music with more than 400 guests at the Diamond Bar Center in Diamond Bar, CA.
The event began with a welcome from Jagdish Shah (popularly known as Jack Shah), emcee for the evening, to houseful guests including City of Diamond Bar Mayor Pro-Tem Ron Everett, Council Woman Carol Herrera and Councilman Steve Tye.
This special evening was arranged to honor Sunshine donors who have contributed $1,000 each and also to honor one of their own, Jagdish Shah, a one of the founding members, an Advisor to the Board of Trustees, past Chairman and the President for his dedicated long time services. His dedication and vision along with the association team’s hard work brought the organization from a few members to the current membership of more than 1,000 paid members. He also served the City as Traffic Commissioner for many years and now serves as Planning Commissioner since 2007.
Mrs. Sushma Kashyap, current President, presided over the evening and recounted how the organization which began some 13+ years ago, under a tree with a small group of people, has grown into a large non-profit organization of a 1000+ members, run by volunteers. She welcomed the Mayor Pro-Tem Ron Everett and council members Carol Herrera and Steve Tye. She said that with the City’s help this organization can conduct their business at the Diamond Bar Center. She also recognized the Diamond Bar Center staff for excellent support and always willing to help the organization during all of their events. She invited Mayor Pro-Tem Ron Everett to the podium and he welcomed guests to the City of Diamond Bar and stated that in his many years of political career, he has seen that this organization the best managed and organized one and wished success to the organization.
The association hosts large events every year, including a Diwali, Indian New Year (attendance usually between 600 to 700) celebration and another event of Executive Board’s choice (attendance usually 400 to 500), both generally sold out in advance. In addition, members are treated with 12 to 14 small musical evenings, one or two health fairs, and 2 to 4 outings, such as trip to Vasalia or a casino or a picnic. Mr. Tulsi Savani, Chairman and Mrs. Sushama Kashyap gave out plaques to all donor members including Mr. Jagdish Shah for their support and services, respectively.
The musical evening began with a well-known artist, Mr. Jwalant Parikh and his orchestra entertaining the crowd with a wide variety of performances. It was filled with classic, new and old Indian movie songs and slow dance music. The crowd poured onto the dance floor as soon as the duo hit the high notes of "Bekhudi Mein Sanam, a famous hindi song.” Even Mayor Pro Tem Ron Everett and Council members joined in the dancing. The wonderful orchestra was led by Jwalant Parikh and accompanied by Leena Benjamin on Female Vocal, Oni Benjamin on Keyboard, Rishi Thakar on Table and Pratik Patel on Dholak and Octopad.
The sumptuous and delicious dinner was served by Manoher’s Delhi palace. Everyone loved the variety of Punjabi food. The evening was concluded around 9.30 pm.