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ISW School & Honorees at Indian Heritage Night at Polar Park

3 Jun 2024 10:42 AM | Anonymous

Recap: We all met at Polar Park on Friday evening, kids were excited.  ISW School sang the Indian National Anthem beautifully, and Dr Passey, Ushaji and Tanvi Gahlot were recognized for their volunteer work.  On arrival, we were greeted by DJ Raunak music at the Plaza, and delicious  desi food by Peppers, Northboro. Flag bearers Sharat & Shiamin, and  singers Diya, Carter & Ishan  all contributed to the festivites. Jagan shared info about ISW in a radio interview.  As part of  pregame performance, Ekta Dance Academy danced to fun bollywood beats. Woo Sox promoted the awesome work done by ISW on screen.  It was a proud moment for Indian Heritage night

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For Details on ISW School National Anthem, click here

Pregame info:

ISW  will be recognized as Heart of Worcester  Woo Sox Recognizes a non-profit for their work in the community

Tickets at https://iswonline.org/event-5666636

Dr Passey  honored as Hometown Hero CFP Honors an individual for service to their town, city, community
Usha Verma  celebrated for Specialty Recognition Celebrates a special individual on the field
Tanvi Gahlot Ceremonial First Pitch
ISW School will sing National Anthem and High Five Tunnel
Ekta Dance Academy performs  field performance
Food by Peppers, Northboro
DJ Raunak  Desi music Polar Park DCU Plaza Performance/DJ

Hometown Hero CFP, Honors an individual for service to their town, city, community

Dr Sahdev Passey, MD, is a graduate of Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal, India. He arrived in the U.S. in 1973 and has spent his whole professional medical career in the Worcester. He has been in private practice of pediatrics in Worcester since 1978. Dr. Passey is, or has been, an active volunteer with numerous professional, Political and social organizations, including: Director of Free Health Stop in Shrewsbury, since 2005; President of the India Society of Worcester; President of the Indo- American Forum for Political Education; President of the Indian Medical Association of New England, President of the Worcester District Medical Society, He has also served as Trustee of Massachusetts Medical Society, he is a one of the founding Directors of the South-East Asian Coalition of Central Mass and a Community Trustee of the United Way of Central MA, He has received the Community Physician of the Year and Senior Physician Volunteer of the year Awards from the Mass Medical Society and the Worcester District Society, a key to the City of Worcester, a Governor's Citation for his Community Service in Massachusetts and a Life time Achievement Award for his volunteer services from President Biden (PVSA). He attributes his accomplishment to his wife Carolyn and their children (Michael, Katelyn and Sean) and grandchildren for their sacrifices, support and help.

Specialty Recognition: Celebrates a special individual on the field

Usha Verma, M.A., LSW, is a sitarist, volunteer and advocate for elders living in Auburn, Massachusetts. Usha graduated with distinction from Punjab University in Chandigarh, India with a Masters of Liberal Arts specializing in Music. In 1982, Usha immigrated to the United States and raised her family. She continued to give sitar performances at various venues in Massachusetts as well as other nearby states. Ms. Verma served as a teacher, teaching the language and devotional songs, lyrics and their meanings using Indian Semi-Classical Music at the India Society of Worcester Cultural School for students of all ages.

Ms Verma is a licensed social worker, working several years to serve the elders in the local community and assisting adults with special needs. She has been an active member of the India Society of Worcester where she has served as the Chairperson for the Crisis Center for more than 15 years. Usha maintained her spirit of helping others by supporting victims of domestic violence through Saheli, a Massachusetts based organization for South Asian women.

Usha currently is employed as an outreach coordinator, a social worker at Auburn Senior Center and has been a volunteer for Sewa International for the last 5 years. She credits her mother Shyam Kanta Sood and father Mohinder Nath Sood for instilling a passion in her for helping those in need of support

Ceremonial First Pitch

Tanvi Gahlot has graduated from Westboro High School She exemplifies qualities of a youngster who stands out amongst her peers, as a Student teacher, and President and Vice President of the Indian Youth Group at ISW

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