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The Long Island Gujarati Cultural Society (LIGCS) President Vijay Shah along with the entire executive committee, celebrated their Silver Jubilee Anniversary on November 6. Emceed by Silver Jubilee Convention Coordinator and VP Programs Flora Parekh, the event was sponsored by Mayur Shah and Family.

Several dignitaries, organization Presidents, guests and well-wishers graced the event including Guests of Honor Harshad (Pakaji) Patel of Gujarati Samaj and Anil Shah of VTNY, Naveen Shah (Navika Capital), Amneal Pharma Group, Dilip Chauhan (Deputy Commissioner for Trade, Investment and Innovation) and several others.

Jon Kaiman (Dy. Suffolk County Executive) and Nassau County Office of Public Affairs graced the occasion with Citations acknowledge this major milestone success of the organization. 

Starting with an auspicious Diya ceremony resembling the significance of Diwali, the event had a special pious beginning by beautifully choreographed traditional Ganesh Vandana by Jhanvi Patel and Kathak Bollywood performance by Anjali Patel. 

“The organization is well established, represented, served and ready for another 25+ years to come” said President Vijay Shah in his inspiring message.

The event was followed by a special ceremony honoring all Past Presidents: Dr. Manibhai Patel, Tribhovanbhai Patel, Mafatbhai Patel and Bakulbhai Matalia followed by members who have been there since inception completing 25 years of voluntary service Mayur Shah, Bhadresh Acharya, Govind Akruwala, Amarish Kachhy and Ketan Upadhyaya.

Special recognition awardees included Flora Parekh, Harshad Patel and Kaushik Shah. Keeping its monthly tradition, November birthday celebrations included a decorated Silver Jubilee cake celebrating 70th Birthday of President Vijay Shah, Youth Volunteer Birthday Harshil Parekh and specially invited guest Smitaben’s birthday. 

DJ Parth with Famous Singer Mahesh Mehta from NJ accompanied by specially invited melodious singer – X Factor & Sajda Sisters fame Rekha Raval rocked the event with their live singing and rocking DJ. Specially designed souvenirs were distributed as momentum. All attendees were honored with Specially designed silver jubilee coins symbolizing the outstanding achievements over past 25 years and going forward distributed by Meena Shah and Aruna Shah. Special moments were captured by Akshat Kaul of Kaul Photography. Secretary Ketan Upadhyaya and Jt. Secretary 

The tireless efforts of all members and other entire executive committee, including Jagdish Mehta, Suresh Udeshi, Prakash Patel, Jayesh Shah, Paresh Parekh, Gopi Udeshi, were instrumental in setting up the venue to cake coordination and front desk. Several volunteers and supporters contributed to the mega success of the event. Appetizers, dinner and deserts were served at the end of the event.

Photos courtesy: LIGCS

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