Annual fund-Raising Event Successfully Organized by Chinmaya Mission Chicago
Chinmaya Mission Chicago’s beloved resident Swami, Swami Sharanananda gave his love and blessings
CHICAGO, IL: The Annual Fundraising Banquet for Chinmaya Mission Chicago (CMC) harmoniously blended inspirational thoughts, spirited fundraising, sumptuous food, and artistic music performance by Yuva Rhythms into a memorable evening. The event took place at Waterford Banquet and Conference Center in Elmhurst, IL on November 3, 2019. The goal was to raise funds for the existing and upcoming special projects offered by the three Chinmaya Mission centers in the Chicago area—Badri Center in Willowbrook, IL, Yamunotri Center in Grayslake, IL, and Gangotri Center in downtown Chicago area.
With approximately seven hundred people in attendance and more than two hundred thousand dollars raised, the event was an overwhelming show of support for the spiritual and service-oriented work being done by Chinmaya Mission, both at the local and global level.
The evening began ceremoniously by welcoming the revered guests, invited dignitaries and supporters including special guest and speaker Swami Prakashananda, head of the Chinmaya Mission Trinidad and Tobago.
Chinmaya Mission Chicago’s beloved resident Swami, Swami Sharanananda gave his love and blessings. Posted to CMC by Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda, Respected Shri Jetindra Nayar, Smt Swapna Nayar, Shri Dhiren Khatri also blessed the occasion.
Shri Shanker Pillai, President of Chinmaya Mission Chicago outlined the goals, activities, expansion plans, and the need for funds to continue in meeting the growing needs of the community. Shanker ji elaborated on the existing Badri building complex expansion plan which is expected to begin in spring of 2020 and to be completed within 2 years.
The entertainment for the evening was provided by the musical group Yuva Rhythms, comprised of young adults who are graduates of mission bala vihar.
High school and young college youth provided service throughout the evening by babysitting children of banquet attendees and helping with collecting donation envelopes.
The event came to a conclusion with the chanting of Bhagavad Gita chapter XV, followed by a delicious meal served by India House restaurant. Shri Ashok Bhatia gave the thank you address. A complementary souvenir book featuring inspiring articles, information about classes offered at Chinmaya Mission Chicago, class pictures, and advertisements from local supporting companies was given to each family as a token of appreciation for attending the banquet. Special mention of Smt. Smriti Mehta, Smt Shubi Mansukhani and Shri Suresh Kumar for the extra effort directed toward the successful production of this booklet.
Bala Vihar is an integral part of Chinmaya Mission and was started by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda.For over 39 years, Chinmaya Mission has been serving the Chicagoland area by conducting weekly Bala Vihar classes & adult study groups, summer youth camps, and spiritual retreats.
Please contact Shri Shanker Pillai (630-886-6442) for details regarding activities at Badri Center (11S080 Rte. 83, Willowbrook, IL 60527/www.mychinmaya.org) center, Mrs. Rajul Bhalala (847-302-2383) for details regarding Yamunotri Center activities (30877 N Fairfield Rd, Grayslake, IL 60030/ www.chinmaya-yamunotri.org). Mr. Nitish Kanabar (347-829-9099) for Chicago City Center- Gangotri, . 955 W Grand Ave, Chicago IL 60642