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Your Choice Awards 2011

On Saturday, October 8, 2011, New England Leherein hosted its inaugural fund-raising community awards event, "Your Choice Awards", at Chinmaya Center in Andover, MA. It was a charity event that honored the unsung heroes of the Boston area Indian community while aiding the under privileged children in India.


The Chinmaya center was completely transformed for the day to give the local community a little taste of the glitz and glamour of strolling down the red carpet for an award show. After the complimentary delicious light snacks and mocktail hour, everyone was escorted to the beautifully decorated auditorium where they were treated to a memorable evening with awards presentations fused with some of the best entertainment from the local artists.


The evening started with a short but powerful video presentation about Leherein. Then the awards were given in three primary categories: Community and Professional Services, Family and Lifetime Achievement. Naming few - Favorite Dance School, Favorite Grocery Store, Super Wife of the Year, Super Dad of the Year and Super Son of the Year. Each award was received with great enthusiasm and was presented by esteemed guests of honor representing various organizations from around Boston, including Shishubharati, Learnquest, Ekal Vidyalaya, New England Marathi Mandal, United India Association, Big Help, Saheli, New England Hindi Manch, Boston Sargam, MITHAS, TiE, Indian Medical Association of New England, MRCC Group, and e-ClinicalWorks.


The Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Abhaya Asthana for his lifelong dedication to the community was the highlight of the evening. The guests of honor added a lot of dignity as well as glamour to the event. Their praising comments about Leherein activities and offer of support for its future endeavors were extremely gratifying to the Leherein team.


The superb entertainment for the evening included Bollywood dance medleys by Aangikam Dance Academy and Leherein, Koli dance by Vijay Shriwardankar group, Hip Hop Lavani by Sarayu Mahale group, fantastic singing by the winners of New England Hindi Manch SaReGaMa competition and the finale performance from Boston University Fusion Mix group. Each and every performance was unique and special and they kept the audience gripped throughout the night!


Leherein is extremely pleased with the turnout for the event, the funds raised, awareness created and message spread. It was an extraordinary success in terms of achieving its goals of raising funds and to showcase their cause to the Boston area residents, many of whom have been part of Leherein activities and have helped the cause through the years. The funds collected from Saturday¡¯s event and other future endeavors will be sent to Abhaal Maya. This thoughtful event, that made new and stronger bonds between our society and families, was a culmination of extraordinary efforts over the past 10+ months.


Leherein hopes for many more amazing successes in the future, and is thankful to those who came to support it!