PAFA is very excited to announce that Mr. Steve Coll has gracefully accepted our invitation to speak with the Community in Indianapolis.
He is currently the Dean of Columbia Journalism School.. He is a former president and CEO of New America Foundation, and has been a staff writer for The New Yorker.
He is the recipient of two Pulitzer Prize Awards, two Overseas Press Club Awards, a PEN American Center John Kenneth Galbraith Award, an Arthur Ross Book Award, a Livingston Award, a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, a Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award, and the Lionel Gelber Prize. In 2012, he was elected to the Pulitzer Prize Board.
He has extensively written on Pakistan and one of his books, Ghost Wars, had earned him a Pulitzer Prize in 2005. This will be a great opportunity for those who are interested in learning about Pakistan and to have an academic discussion about her.
Here are the details about the event:
The PAFA Writers Forum
When: Saturday, September 6th, 2014, 1:00 PM to 4:00 pm.
Where: Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Library, 250 N 5th St ,Zionsville, IN 46077
Regular: $10.00 ; Students : $ 5:00
Purchase your tickets on-line by clicking here
Refreshments: Light snacks and tea will be served
PAFA - Women Only Chaand Raat.
To celebrate the start of Eid-ul Fitr, PAFA has organized a Women only Chaand Raat.
You are invited to join us for a fun filled evening. Where you will be served with Iftar, Buffet Dinner, dessert, software drinks and Chai.
You will be entertained with dances, songs, DJ Music and much more.
There will be ladies evening outfits available on site for you to make your last minute shopping. Not forgetting Mahdi, Professional Henna tattooing available to compliment your Eid outfit.
Here are the details about the event.
When: Sunday July 27th - 8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Venue : Zionsville Town Hall, 1100 West Oak Street, Zionsville, IN 46077
Please register for the event, by clicking on the link below,
Please note, due to limited seating capacity, we can not guarantee tickets at the door.
If you are not a member, not a problem. You can become one by clicking on the link below,
We have organized a Community Picnic for your family and friends to enjoy. This will be a great opportunity for you to connect with other community members and make friends. You will be served with delicious food and lot of fun activities for children to enjoy. here are the details about the event,
When : Saturday , June 14th. 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Where: Eagle Creek Park - Mt. Pleasant - South Shelter
Adult or Kids over 14 years
Kids 14 - 6 years
Kids under 6
Non - members
Please register for the event
Congratulations to all friends of PAFA. We are now a 501(c)(3) approved organization. Your contributions and memberships are now tax-exempt as per IRS regulations. We look forward to your continued support.
Event : Community Picnic
Where: Eagle Creek park.
When: Saturday, June 14th
Event : Chaand Raat (Women only
Where: Zionsville Town Hall, Zionsville, IN
When: Sunday, July 27th.
Event : Eid Get-together Dinner
When: Monday, July 28th
Event : Writer's Forum
Speaker: Steve Coll - Recipient of two Pulitzer Pri4ze Awards
Where: Venue to be decided
Date: Saturday, Sept. 6th.
PAFA 2014 Table Tennis Tournament has been rescheduled. It will now be held on Sat. Dec. 6th. Please stay tuned for future communication. Please feel free to contact us at info.pafaindy.org, if you have any concerns.
Thank you for Joinin PAFA for its New Year Commenceme
On Feb 1st, the new leadership introduced its self and presented its vision for 2014. Volunteers, past leadership and patrons were recognized for their contributions during 2013. A musical group entertained the attendees with live music and songs, and delicious traditional Pakistani food was served.
The pictures of the event are available in the photos section.
Pak-Am Day 2013 was a Big Success
Pak-Am Day 2013 was a huge success. More than 336 community members attended the function. Every one enjoyed event activities, which included poster presentation about Pakistan, Cooking Demo, Painting exhibition b, US and pakistani anthems, regional dances, fashion Show, comedy skit, singing, and musical evening. Food and its presentation was great, event decor was very colorful, and overall conduct of event was smooth and inviting. Congressman Andre Carson attended and enjoyed the function. More than 50 community volunteers worked tirelessly for number of weeks to make this evening happen. Hats off to wonderful community members, supporters and patrons who attended this program and left a positive mark of a well integrated community.
Pak-AM Day 2013 on Sat Nov 2, 2013
Pak-Am Day tickets are sold out. Thank you for supporting your organization
PAFA Picnic at West Park, Carmel, Aug 24, 2013
PAFA picnic at West Park, Carmel Indiana was a huge success. More than 150 community members attended the picnic. Meet and greet session started with Donuts, fruits and appetizers while music was played in the background. There were games for kids and adults. Most participated was a tug of war, and cricket match. Music program started after lunch. Dr. Nabiha and Dr. Arif played beautiful tunes and songs, everyone enjoyed Pakistani melodies. All participants took part while Pakistan and American national anthem were played by Nabiha, Arif and Maham. Special thanks from PAFA Executive Committee to all volunteers especially to Arif, Nabiha, Khalid, Tahir Virk, Alam, Muzaffar and Jamal to make this event a success. Pictures of the event can be seen in the Photo section.
501-C3 Status for PAFA, July 2013
IRS has approved Tax Exempt status of 501-C3 for PAFA. This is a big achievement for PAFA. This means donations to PAFA are Federal tax exempt now. Many thanks to past and present Executive Committee members who completed different requirements and paper work in this process.
As always, PAFA is thankful to its patrons for their continuous support. We hope being a non-profit organization will help us generate more funds. This is our organization and the funding we generate will help to serve our community in a better manner.
PAFA's Dinner for Visiting Pakistani Students at Ball State University, June 28, 2013
PAFA organized a dinner in honor of 40 visiting students and faculty members from Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad and Isra University, Hyderabad at Ball State University Indiana under exchange student program. Local community members exchanged views with the visiting members and made an effort to increase cultural understanding between Pakistani and American citizens.
PAFA's Gleaners Food Drive May 11,2013
More than 20 PAFA volunteers participated in sorting out variety of food items and cans at Food Drive by Postal Service at a local post office. Thousands of food items were donated by local communities for food pantries of Indianapolis. It was a good opportunity for PAFA volunteers to mingle with other volunteers from different organizations and with postal employees to serve the local communities.
PAFA Table Tennis Tournament, at Monon Center April 20th, 2013
PAFA Table Tennis Tournament was participated by large numbers of members, friends and families. Matches were organized by groups of Men, Women, Boys and Girls. Winners were given trophies and runners up were awarded medals. Participants were served with water, tea and Samosas. Tournament provided a very healthy activity for whole family and offered an opportunity of socializing as well.
PAFA participated in 23rd March, function at Pakistan Consulate, Chicago
PAFA Executive Committee represented PAFA on the invitation of Consular General of Pakistan at Chicago. It was a well organized function largely attended by Pakistani Community members in MidWest region. Consular General appreciated the efforts of PAFA civic involvement in establishing better image of Pakistan among the local community.
PAFA Writer's Forum Sunday Feb 10th, 2013
PAFA Writer's Forum was attended by large number of community members. It was organized at Pyramid Buildings, Indianapolis. Rafia Zakria gave presentation was based upon research and first hand knowledge of the ever evolving geo-political environment of Pakistan. Presentation was followed by open question-answer session, which high lighted perspective from different views. Light tea and snacks were served after the presentation.
PAFA's Wheeler Mission Participation Dec 31, 2012
PAFA volunteers participated in Wheeler Mission at Indianpolis and
participated in distribution of food to people at shelter.
PAFA 2nd PAK-AM DAY (PAKISTAN-AMERICAN DAY)
PAFA organized 2nd PAK-AM DAY on September 8, 2012. The event was a huge
success and more than 500 community members participated colorful program
which included national anthems of America and Pakistan, traditional wedding
ceremony, cooking demo, exhibits, short documentaries, regional dances, bazar,
songs, browsing library, visual slides show, Hina, picture studio, followed by tasty
authentic cuisine along with musical program. All the participants appreciated
and enjoyed the evening. Please visit glimpses of program in the recent photos.
PAFA's Gleaner food drive May12, 2012
About 20 PAFA volunteers helped the postal service in Indianapolis unload and organize thousands of food items donated for food pantries in Indianapolis. It was a good show of care and support for the community. Pictures of the event can be seen here.
PAFA's first general body meeting for 2012 and Pakistan day picnic was held on April 15, 2012
About 100 people participated on a nice sunny day. We had fun activities like Tug of War, sack race and cricket. Food was catered from Bombay Bazar. Pictures of the event can be seen here. Next general body meeting and picnic will be on June 9, 2012. Please make an effort to participate.
PAFA distribution of Care Kits to Tornado Victims of Henryville Indiana, March 2012
PAFA team members visited tornado hit areas of Henryville Indiana, met with local community members and local Church staff who are managing relief efforts with the help of United Way America. PAFA donated more than100 Care Kits to the local community by raising around $1100 from PAFA community members.
PAFA Volunteer Party
More than 50 PAFA volunteers got togather on March 3rd, 2012 to celebrate their accomplishments in 2011. Pictures will be posted soon.
2011 PAFA Annual Report.
Click here to view the report.
2011 PAFA Financial Statement.
Click here to view the statement.
PAFA Executive Committee for 2013.
• Tahir Mahmood - President
• Atif Baloch - General Secretary
• Ayesha Ahmad – Treasurer
Writer's Fourm Videos are now available in the Video Section
Writer's forum, October 22nd 2011.
PAFA participated again in 2011 at the annual
Pedal for Peace Gala
In 2011 Pedal for Peace supported Interfaith Hunger Initiative which supports Gleaners Food Bank &Global Interfaith Partnership's Umoja Project.
PAFA General Body Meeting
When: Sunday September 25th at 5pm.
Where: Roy G Holland Memorial Park in Fishers.11650 Holland Drive Fishers, IN (map)
· Overview of PAFA activities 2011 (to date and for the remainder of the year)
· Feedback on PAFA Constitution Amendments.
· Financial update. Income and expenditures. (to date and for the remainder of the year)
· Membership drive. (Attendees feedback on what can be done to motivate people to pay yearly dues).
· PAFA’s registration as 5013-C organization.
· Communication Standards for PAFA e-mails, website, and face book page.
· Tea and meetings conclusion.
PAFA Annual Picnic
On the afternoon of Sunday, September 18th, 2011 around 200 individuals gathered at the Roy G Holland Memorial Park in Fishers for PAFA annual Picnic.
Activities included BBQ meal, music, Cricket, Sack Races, play area for kids, face painting and Pithu. People enjoyed all of these activities but Pithu got the most attention.
Event pictures can be seen here.
Many thanks to Ayesha Ahmad, Dr. Arif Nazir, Dr. Asif Ansari, Dr. Saeeda Khairi, Dr. Talha Idrees, Dr. Zahoor Waseem, Hamid Ahmad, Muzaffar Ahmad, Tehniyet Hussain, Tim Irwin, Uniqah Muzaffar and Walia Hassan for making this event a success.
Pakistan American (PAK-AM) Day
PAK-AM Day was a great success. Around 500 attended this event and had a great time.
Some highlights included cooking demos, poster display, book stall, music and documentary shows, fashion show, live music, Pakistani buffet, trivia about Pakistan and USA, a mock Pakistani wedding and more.
PAFA humbly thanks all who volunteered their time, talents, and contributions. A special thanks to St. Luke's UMC for hosting the event at their facility and many thanks to all that attended.
Photos and videos have been uploaded to the PAK-AM Day 16July2011 photo album. If you have PAK-AM Day pictures you wish to share please feel free to upload them to our album.
Helping Tornado victims in the Midwest
PAFA raised over $1125 dollars for disaster relief for the tornado event. On Memorial Day, May 30th more than 10 PAFA volunteers assembled 100 care kits that were sent to Hearts to Hearts international to get distributed to our fellow Americans affected by the recent Tornadoes in the Midwest.
Many thanks to Walia for organizing this event and to all the donors and volunteers for their participation. Please take a gander at our pictures.
The Gleaners Food Drive was a SUCCESS!!!!
PAFA's team was complimented a number of times for their speed and ability to unload and sort the numerous deliveries that came throughout the day. Team PAFA had the "CAN" do effort. Many Thanks to all the people that helped make this year's Gleaners Food Drive event a success. Please check out our photos.