The Goan Heritage Club (G.H.C.) recently held its 4th Annual Family Get-Together, for its members, in a spectacular manner on Friday, 6 June 2014, at the Royal terrace banquet hall, amidst a crowd of 100 guests and their families.
The evening kickstarted with the welcome speech, which was delivered by Dr. Jaganath Chodankar (Patron – G.H.C.), wherein he welcomed the audience and all the Office Bearers of G.H.C. highlighting their credentials. The President - Manoj Bandodkar, Vice President – Avinash Vernekar, General Secretary – Deepti Nagvekar, Treasurer – Mahesh Karekar and Legal Advisor – Shantilal Sirsat (In Absentia). They were then invited to the dais for the ceremonial cake cutting ritual, signifying unity and togetherness.
This was then followed by the Honoring ceremony wherein G.H.C. honored eight prominent Goans who have completed about two to three decades in Kuwait with significant contribution to the Goan and Asian community, in their own special way. The awardees who received their plaques at the respected hands of the Chief Guest Lali Singh (Chief Manager of Green Spring Group Company) & Kalidas R Chodankar, were Roshan Lorena, Rivon Gomes, Jack Fernandes, Inacio Fernandes, Prabhakar Haldankar, Suresh Gaonkar, Conceicao Fernandes and Sheikh Mohammed Rafiq.
Having admired the adults, it was time to praise and encourage the children by awarding all the meritorious students who excelled in the recently conducted annual examinations. There were 25 children in total who received elegant trolley bags with goodies along with special gifts from Growmore Trading and Al Mulla Exchange.
With this, the official function then came to an end and the festivities began with Anson Rodrigues (Master of Ceremony), who charged and captivated the entire audience with his vocal skills. There were various games conducted for adults and children of all ages, with no one being left out. All present were encouraged to participate in the exciting games and enjoy the background score provided by D.J. Karan & Sunny. The entire event was captured by the roving lens of Rivon Gomes.
The icing on the cake was the grand list of prizes that were to be won during the Bingo session with high end electronics & mobiles to be distributed to the winners. A special mention was made towards the sincerity and dedication on the part of the Vice President Mr. Avinash Vernekar, who has recently been relocated to Abu Dhabi and especially flew to Kuwait twice in the past two weeks, to offer all support and assistance to the success of the event. He was additionally presented with a special memento of appreciation in a surprising manner.
The evening concluded with the delivery of the Vote of Thanks by the President, Manoj Bandodkar, wherein he thanked all the sponsors, mainly RECAFCO, Al Fajr Group, Al Mulla Exchange, Growmore Trading, Al Othman & Al Bisher Trading, Air India and Green Spring Group Company, who added extra glitter to the evening and made it an event to remember. The taste buds of one and all were satisfied by the sumptuous buffet laid down by the staff of Royal Terrace which bought the evening to an end.