Event Innovation of the Year



New event idea/event.

  • # of participants/attendees: 152 (approx.)
  • Type and diversity of attendees: Indians, Indian Americans, and friends of non-Indian origin
  • Revenue generated: $6000 (approx.) Expenses: $1,100 (approx)
  • Degree of replicability (1-5): 4 with great ease of implementing it.
  • Media coverage (# of articles) : Event posting and emails from Pravasi Herald, an online magazine.

Alabama AC started the first annual fundraising dinner event in 2010. Hanu Karlapalem, Alabama AC Lead came up with the brand name “Viswaprem” for the annual fundraising dinner event. English translation of “Viswaprem” is universal/collective love. We show our collective love and support for children regardless of their gender, faith, class, caste, color, race, status, physical and mental ability, and any other conditions by way of participating or supporting the event. The name “Viswaprem” is powerful. The cause – ‘supporting children and their future’ is toward making a secure future. “Viswaprem” boasts itself as an innovative dinner event. “Viswaprem 2011”, 2nd Annual fundraising dinner event raised approximately $6000 with an attendance of 152 (approx.) an increase of 36% from year 2010. The costs were low at $1,100 (approx.). Scientists, professors, community leaders, students, entrepreneurs, IT professionals, young children, retirees, and artists were among the attendees. Ms. Jacqueline Shipe, Executive Director of International Services Council of Alabama, Inc. was the keynote speaker of the evening. International Services Council of Alabama works with the US Department of State in promoting Citizen Diplomacy.

“Viswaprem 2011” on Saturday, June 18, 2011 was a Banquet and Bollywood Concert. Vandana Upadhyaya, Pankaj Bhargava, Anita Gupta, Mahesh Patel, and Gopal Turaga from Atlanta, GA gave wonderful vocal performances. Ira Leitner of Hollywood fame gave a guitar performance. Vandana, Pankaj, Anita, and Mahesh came to support the event for the second year in a row and they promised to support every year. Akhil Turaga an eight year boy, a child finalist of a Gemini TV Show in USA “JOSH –NRI Talent Hunt” gave Bollywood dance performances. All the artists and the keynote speaker donated their valuable time for the cause of helping under-privileged children. SpringHill Suites by Marriott® Huntsville Downtown was the Value Presenting Sponsor for the event. This is the second year in a row the hotel management supported the event. We received great reviews from the community. We were able to recruit two new volunteers. With a small volunteer team of eight, the event was well planned and executed keeping the costs low.