We can give you 100 reasons, but you'll probably only read the first few, so we saved ourselves the trouble.
Here are five reasons to attend our Fourth Annual Gala - Grand Masquerade Ball "A Night In Venice":
1. The other people in the room
The event attracts leading business people, entertainers, philanthropist and, yes, even media personalities and socialites. This year is no exception, with several influential individuals and community leaders in the room. Confirmed guests include the renowned chutney singer Terry Gajraj, champion boxer Elton Dharry, and Rafieya Husain, who was among the Top 10 at the Miss World competition in 2014. We have the chair of Community Board 9, Raj Rampersaud, along with several small business owners, Lakshmee Singh, host of the TV Show Let's Talk With Lakshmee, and, of course, our master of ceremonies, Shamina Rai from PIX 11 News. Oh, and have you seen our Host Committee? Well, take a look! This is just to name a few (sorry but sometimes name- dropping helps!)
2. The Year Of the Women
Senator Roxanne J. Persaud has been a friend of ICA even before she was elected to the New York State Senate, where she became the highest ranking Indo-Caribbean American elected to public office. Senator Persaud was born in Guyana.
Our surprise honoree, to be announced only at the Gala, is an Indo-Caribbean woman from Trinidad with unparalleled legal training and accomplishment.
3. The cause
ICA offered over 6,000 hours of FREE tutoring to children of color; prepared students for the SAT, Regents exams, and college applications; registered almost 1,000 new voters for the upcoming election; coordinated cultural programs that displayed and promoted literature and media written by Caribbean writers. Having impacted over 5,000 people with diverse programming, it's easy to see that the work ICA does is essential for the advancement of South Queens and the city at large. We also run the only Indo-Caribbean community center in New York City--that may not sound remarkable, but did you know Guyanese are the second largest immigrant group in Queens? With Trinidadians, it's the third largest immigrant group in all of NYC. Hopefully that's a little more remarkable, and it gives you reasons to fund our growth.
Don't take our word for it. Here's a video to move you.
4. We like to party, too
We'll have live entertainment from singer Amit Inderdeo, who, if you don't already know, is making waves in the music industry. DJ Fess will be spinning all night and we'll have an exciting raffle and silent auction table. Items at the silent auction include an Eone watch, a stunning lehenga from Lotus Bazaar, dinner for two at Pa-Nash, tea at the five-star Pierre Hotel, and cricket bats signed by the Red Steel and Amazon Warriors CPL teams.
And, if you only care about food, we will have a four-course Italian dinner to go with our Venetian-themed masquerade ball.
5. No Halloween plans?
Hey, we'd rather you come for reasons 1-4, but we don't mind being your last-minute Halloween plan. Tickets have to be purchased beforehand and won't be available at the door. Remember, it's a black tie, Venetian-themed masquerade ball, not a costume party.
Tickets & more info: www.indocaribbean.org/gala-2016
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 347-566-1422
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