Indo-American Community Federation, (IACF-USA), a nonprofit public benefit corporation

Tax ID Number: 94-3304171

Board of Directors:

Jeevan Zutshi, Dr. Subhash Garg, Shashi Sharma, Dr. Naresh Sharma , Dr. Ramesh Konda, Keshav Ayare, Dr. Harmesh Kumar, Dr. Deepak Sachdev, Rahul Zutshi


The 17th Annual Unity Dinner

Unity through Diversity

Ethics in Public Life and Public Service to Promote Unity

Friday, March 23, 2018 (6:00 PM to Midnight)

India Community Center

525 Los Coches St, Milpitas, CA
Click here to view press article (Refer to page 1 and 11)

IACF Advisors:

  • Deepak Ganju, Managing Director, Senior Financial Advisor
  • Raj Salwan, Fremont City Council Member
  • Dr. Sarb Hundal, M.D., F.A.C.S., Mission Valley Eye Medical Center
  • Dr. Basil Besh, Orthopedic Surgeon

Together we build a tapestry of colorful cultures

Indo-American Community Federation (IACF) was founded in 1994 by Jeevan Zutshi as the first Indo-American organization to build bridges with mainstream organizations, diverse leadership, think tanks, and public officials. In the wake of September 11, the annual Unity Dinner 2002 was started to promote harmony and Unity in Diversity.

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Unity Dinner 2018

The 17th Annual Event

Unity through Diversity: Ethics in Public Life and Public Service to Promote Unity


Friday March 23, 2018 (6:00 PM to Midnight)

India Community Center

525 Los Coches St, Milpitas, CA 95035


CO-HOST: Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs (APAPA)


Master of Ceremonies:

  • Dr. Basil R. Besh, M.D. (Orthopedic Surgeon, Form Hand, Wrist and Elbow Institute, Fremont)
  • Sabina Chaudhuri, Miss Silicon Valley - 2017

Opening Remarks:

  • Hon. San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo 

Keynote Speaker:

  • Hon. Betty Yee, California State Controller 

Guest Speaker:

  • Hon. California State Senator Bob Wieckowski

Sumptuous Indian Food: Courtesy of Swagat Indian Cuisine

Host Bar

Visit the following booths at the unity dinner:

“Spring of colors” - Art Collection by Anshoo Tikoo Zutshi

“Insurance for Visitors” - launching the global service for travelers internationally.


Platinum Sponsor:

  • San Jose Behavioral Health, CA

Silver Sponsor:

  • Deepak Ganju, Managing Director, Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management
  • Comcast

Media Sponsors:

  • India West
  • Tri-City Voice
  • Diya TV 

VIP Table Sponsors (Partial List):

  • City of Fremont
  • Visitors Care Insurance
  • Washington Hospital Healthcare System
  • Deepak Ganju, Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management
  • San Jose Behavioral Health
  • Kishore and Ragini Pallapothu
  • Dr. Sarbjit Hundal, Mission Valley Eye Medical Center
  • Basil R. Besh, MD, Hand Surgeon, Fremont
  • Dr. Dharam P. Salwan, Salwan Property Management
  • Dutra Enterprises
  • Niles Rotary
  • Association of Indo Americans (AIA)
  • Dr. Deepak Sachdev, San Mateo Dental
  • Dr. Harmesh Kumar, Licensed clinical psychologist
  • Shashi Sharma Management, Inc.
  • Ashok and Pushpa Saraf
  • Hindu American Foundation (HAF)
  • Tri-City Health Center (TCHC)


Guests (Partial List):

  • Hon. Congressman Mike Honda (Retired)
  • Hon. Congressman Mark DeSaulnier
  • Hon. California State Controller Betty Yee
  • Hon. CA State Senator Bob Wieckowski
  • Hon. CA State Assembly Members Kansen Chu, Ash Kalra, and Evan Low
  • Hon. AP Govt Special Representative to North America Jayaram Komati
  • Hon. Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley
  • Hon. Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty
  • Hon. Mayor of San Jose Sam Liccardo
  • Hon. Mayor of Newark Alan Nagy
  • Hon. Ex. Mayor of Milpitas Jose Esteves
  • Hon. Mayor of Pleasanton Jerry Thorne
  • Hon. Vice Mayor of Milpitas Marsha Grilli
  • Hon. Fremont City Council Members Raj Salwan, Rick Jones
  • Hon. Fremont Unified School District Board Trustee Dr. Shao
  • Hon. Trustees Washington Hospital
  • Hon. Police Chief Lucero, and Hon. Captains Bobbitt, Petersen, and Washington
  • Hon. Planning Commissioner and Former Police Chief Craig Steckler
  • Hon. Milpitas City Councilmember Bob Nunez
  • Hon. Saratoga City Councilmember Rishi Kumar
  • Hon. Dublin City Councilmember Arun Goel
  • Hon. Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith
  • Hon. Santa Clara County Assistant Sheriff Rick Sung
  • Hon. Board of Trustee of the Ohlone Community College District Teresa  Cox
  • Hon. San Jose City (District 4) Councilmember Diep
  • Hon. Board of Education of Cupertino Unified School District Anjali Kausar
  • Hon. Town of Woodside City Councilmember Deborah Gordon
  • Hon. Paul Sethy, Alameda County Water District Director
  • Hon. Commissioner Sridhar Verose, Parks and Community Services Commission, City of San Ramon




6:00 PM- 7:00 PM

Social Hour


7:00 PM- 7:15 PM

National Anthem

India National Anthem by Dr. Deepak Sachdev

US National Anthem by Mary Alamparambill

Introduction by Anuja Keerthi Konda


7:15 PM- 8:00 PM



7:20 PM- 7:25 PM

Opening Remarks

Hon. San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo

Introduction by Dr. Ramesh Konda, IACF Director


7:25 PM – 7:40 PM

Dancing Flamenco and Stand-up Comedy

by Carol Acuna


8:00 PM – 8:05 PM

San Jose Behavioral Health Presentation


8:05 PM – 8:10 PM

Guest Speaker 

Hon. California State Senator Bob Wieckowski
Chair, Department of Religious Studies

8:10 PM - 8:15 PM 

Address by Jeevan Zutshi, IACF Chairman

Introduction of Dr. Asif Mahmood, Community Leader


8:15 PM - 8:20 PM

IACF Awards:

Media of the Year: Tri-City Voice

Entrepreneur of the Year: Dutra Enterprises


8:20 PM – 8:25 PM

Keynote Speaker Hon. Betty Yee, California State Controller


8:25 PM – 8:30 PM

Chinese Dance

by Katrin Rannaveski (Age 8 yrs)

Name of the Dance: Lotus Blossom Dance


8:30 PM – 8:35 PM

Launch of Visitors Care Insurance by Joe Lascola


8:35 PM – 8:45 PM



Life time Achievement Award:                      Congressman Mike Honda (Retired)

2018 Non-Profit Organization of the year:    Niles Rotary

Entrepreneur of the year:                               Dutra Enterprises

Outstanding Community Service:                 Tri-City Health Center (TCHC)    

Outstanding effort to promote Unity in Diversity: Ken Maxey, Comcast


8:45 PM - 8:50 PM

Recognition of Dignatories

Introduction by Jeevan Zutshi and Dr. Besh


8:50 PM – 8:55 PM          

IACF Board recognition and Volunteer Appreciation for by Dr. Subhash Garg, IACF President


8:55 PM- Midnight

Dance with DJ Clifford


Monday March 26, 2018 1:00 PM

Please join us at 1:00 PM before heading over to the Senate floor in California State Building as the State of California recognizes and celebrates IACF's Unity Day.

More details will follow.

Please contact Jeevan Zutshi at jeevanzutshi@aol.com

For more information, visit www.indocommunity.us


Sponsorship Levels

VIP Table Sponsor $1000
Silver Sponsor $3500
Platinum Sponsor $5000
Grand Sponsor $10000


Registration (covers the event and dinner)

Click here to Register

Individual $80
Table for Ten $800


For more information, Please contact:

Jeevan Zutshi jeevanzutshi@aol.com (510) 589-3702
Dr. Subhash Garg sooku@yahoo.com (702) 308-6339
Mr. Shashi Sharma shashisharma1@gmail.com (408) 569-3396
Dr. Naresh Sharma nareshcsharma@yahoo.com (408) 206-3330
Dr. Deepak Sachdev sachdevdental@gmail.com (831) 724-6000
Dr. Ramesh Konda rameshkonda.phd@gmail.com (510) 565-2495
Ragini raginiv1@gmail.com