Chicago IL: Indian American Medical Association IL celebrated 38th annual dinner gala banquet on Saturday, November 17 at Aston place in Willowbrook. The gala was a huge success with over 400 members, guests and the invitees attending the event. Many Chicagoland dignitaries were in attendance among whom were Congressman Danny Davis, Congressman Peter Roskam, Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle and Indian Consul General Neeta Bhushan.
The theme of the event was "share our pride: celebrate our work place." Masters of Ceremonies were ABC Channel7 TV Anchor Ravi Baichwal and University of Chicago student Shreya Singh. It was a nonstop seamless evening of elegance, high class fashion show by Raaz, inspiring conversation, high profile honorees, sparkling presentations, fine cuisine, a comedy show par excellence, and a grand finale of Bollywood music by Shahzad Dar & Troupe.
IAMA team headed by Dr. Srinivas Reddy along with Dr Vijay Prabhakar, a community leader made this event a successful one. The Honorary Life Membership of IAMA Honors to Congressmen Davis and Roskam, Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, Indian Consul General Neeta Bhushan, ABC 7 news anchor Ravi Baichwal and community leader Dr. Vijay Prabhakar was the highlight of the event.
ABC anchor Ravi Baichwal gracefully welcomed all the guests while Dr Sidney Jain, IAMA Treasurer proposed a vote of thanks. The two important noteworthy features of the event were the presentation of IAMA Awards to community activists and leaders who had contributed a lot in the medical fields. Global Champion of Resuscitation Award was given to Chicago Medical Society President Dr. Vemuri Murthy. The IAMA headed by Dr Srinivas Reddy also recognized with awards the CEOs and hospital heads in Chicagoland who made the event yet more graceful by their presence.
In his address, IAMA President Dr Srinivas G Reddy touched upon the activities of his organization and indicated that he was determined to take it to a new height in the coming year. Collaboration was a key part of the success of the IAMA's activities in 2018, under the vibrant leadership of Dr. Reddy assisted by his team. Dr. Srinivas Reddy firmly believes that the success of any individual and organization centers around honoring core family and championing our traditional family values.
The culmination of its various activities during the year was when IAMA hosted a South Asian Media Luncheon and sponsored several activities to combat Opioid epidemic and violence prevention programs in the inner city of Chicago. Under dynamic leadership by Dr. Reddy, IAMA introduced several activities to strengthen the organization and programs to involve second-generation physicians into the Indian American Medical Association of Illinois.
Dr. Reddy passed on the gavel to incoming president Dr. Niranjana Shah.