Applause to all the participants who made the Basant picnic another enormous attainment. I personally would also like to thank all the players who came in early on Saturday morning and amused all of us with “The Greatest Cricket Match in the history of Indiana”. First time ever, everyone had a chance to fly “DESI KITE” in Indiana. Kids had a blast with games including sack race, balloon popping and marble and spoon race. People also enjoyed playing soccer and Frisbee. Women specially enjoyed playing “khokho” and Frisbee.
Let me share few comments from the community that how they felt after the picnic.
“Thank you so much for planning a fabulous afternoon of fun for everyone! The décor colors, food and kids games along with dhol playing in the background really created a festive atmosphere. With the passing of each event, each one gets better and better! We are all enjoying the community camaraderie!!!”
“Yes BIG thank you from my wife and I on creating such a wonderful stage for us and our families to make some crazy memories! You guys (PAFA team) ROCK!!!”
“Dear Huma, Khurram, Jamal, Zakir, Nabiha and Waqar. I would like to say a big THNAK YOU to all for a great PAFA picnic yesterday. Thank you for your dedication and hard work putting on a great event. I know it takes a lot of work and you guys did an amazing job. It was a lot of fun and everything was arranged perfectly with a lot of attention to detail in a very good, positive and fun environment. Looking forward to a great rest of the year!
”It was fun and very well organized…… Hands down…… We should play more often just for enjoyment.”
“The local community witnessed some passionate cricket this weekend and I was amazed that despite playing cricket in Indy for a while, how many cricketers I did not know about; from Atif and Bilal’s teasing bowling line to Zulfiqar’s amazing wicket keeping skills! Also, some clean hitting displays by Azeem, Tariq, Muzaffar, Naveed and also great all around performances by Shahid and Khurram, kept the Indy audience on the edge of their seats. My special gratitude to Sukrat (sunny) who played important part in the field but unfortunately could not get to bat (will be opening with the bat, next time I get a chance to lead!). Thanks to Huma and Khurram and to team Blue for their efforts and participation.”
“I would echo everything that has been already said about hard work, organization, good spirit and comradery. You have to admire Rufi’s gentlemanly approach o captainship where he tries his best to make things inclusive for all in an encouraging manner. “
“Thank you for organizing such a fantastic event. Congrats to all the organizers for job well done. Cricket was fun as always but the environment created was icing on the cake. I play cricket pretty regularly but I haven’t seen this kind of environment in any cricket tournament that I have played here in US. All the cheers from audience and dhol on every boundary or wicket were very entertaining. Once again thank you for your hard work.”
“Thanks to Huma and Khurram for their endless enthusiasm and energy that makes all the difference. And thanks to Alam for so gracefully leading his boys and for being amazing competitors. Thank you so much.”
“Thank you very much for all of you guys. It was good game and we had lot of fun.”
With so much community support, participation, enthusiasm, enjoyment and compliments, all the effort and hard work that I and my team put in is paid off.
Dr. Huma Siddiqui
Dear Pafa friends,
I'm delighted to inform that one of our retired PAFA executive member, Dr Shahid Athar was granted with "The Golden Hoosier Award" by Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann on May, 19 2015 at the Indiana Statehouse. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Shahid Athar on this outstanding achievement.
The Golden Hoosier Award recognizes senior citizens throughout Indiana for their ongoing commitment to community service.
The Golden Hoosier Award is the highest honor bestowed upon senior citizens by the State of Indiana.
Dr. Shahid Athar is one of the founding members of PAFA and has been a very active supporter of the association since 1974.
Dr. Huma Siddiqui
GREAT PAKISTANI INDIANA COMMUNITY
By the grace of Allah and with community support and cooperation, I’m pleased to declare that we successfully raised $ 10,300.00 for Ikramullah’s education fund. I’m gratified to announce the success of the first collaborated project between “Pakistan American friendship association” and “Seeds of learning”.
I personally would like to thank all of you who via their contribution helped us to achieve this goal. I must appreciate the “anonymous” patron who sent us money for this noble cause. I will try my best to keep you posted till the end of this year about Ikramullah’s progress and performance.
I spoke to Ikramullah after the event, he was very emotional, excited and proud that our community came to rescue him at the needed time. He really missed his family at that moment.
This shows the unity, strength and commitment of our community for a better world. Thanks again to be the part of it. Here are some pictures of this event.
Dr. Huma Siddiqui
WILL YOU HELP US RAISE $20,000 FOR IKRAMULLAH'S EDUCATION?
Here is a video message from Ikramullah
We are happy to announce a collaboration between two organizations working for the betterment of Pakistan. The Pakistan American Friendship Association (PAFA) and Seeds of Learning (SOL, a chapter of the Citizens Foundation, Pakistan) have joined together to help with the educational needs of Ikramullah, a visually impaired Pakistani. Please read more about is compelling story at the end of this email.
Ikramullah is living in Indianapolis with a foster family. He received scholarship to learn English at ELS, and he is determined to continue his studies and make a difference in lives of other fellow Pakistanis that are visually impaired. He wants to attend Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis and enroll in a computer science program.
Please join us for tea on Sunday, May 17th at 4pm (sharp). The event will be held at 6514 Royal Run BLVD, Zionsville, IN 46077, where you will have an opportunity to meet this remarkable young man.
If you aren't able to attend but wish to make a donation, please send it to one of the addresses below. Please mention "support Ikramullah" in the memo line. PAFA and SOL are both tax deductible charities. You can make your check payable to either one of the organizations.
Thank you so much. We look forward to seeing you.
Please RSVP to email@example.com or Akhan@calderonetextiles.com.
Huma & Azher Dr.
Huma K Siddiqui, President PAFA PO BOX 486 Zionsville, IN 46077
Azher Khan Seeds of Learning 6131 West 80th Street Indianapolis, IN 46278Join Us for Tea
Zionsville, IN 46077
PAFA volunteers helped “fight against the hunger”. Everyone made the endurance of waking up early on a beautiful Saturday morning and drove a distance with the ambition of doing something good for the community. They were excited but little nervous for not knowing what they’ll be doing.
Thirty four (34) of our gracious and compassionate volunteers generously gave their time and effort for this noble cause. They helped sort out 3543 lbs of food that will feed 2362 people in a matter of few hours. I should point out that almost half of our volunteers were young kids between the ages of 9-17 years. This was the result of team effort. They all had fun working together in a friendly environment.
At the end of the day, everyone was tired, but had the immense feeling of “personal satisfaction” that superseded all the fatigue. Everyone felt like all the hard work, time and effort was well worth it. In fact they were all ready to do it again. That’s the spirit.
Great job everyone. Here are the pictures of this event.
Huma K Siddiqui
I’m proud to announce that the first ever Sham-e-Ghazal by PAFA was a clinquant accomplishment. Kudos to all the assemblage. Their dedication and participation made the event extraordinary.
I’m overwhelmed by the response that I received from our community. The energy, dedication and enthusiasm from our community definitely exceeded my expectations. Everyone was enjoying the program including the performers and the audiences evidenced by the fact that many listeners were still requesting their favorite ghazal well past midnight and we ran out of time for the facility. Luckily I was able to extend the facility time and the fans were entertained till the early hours of the morning.
I received innumerable annotations about the evening including astonishing décor, luscious food and palatable “Pan”.
Fans were pleasantly surprised by our hidden talented community performers. They were awed by the variety of music including karaoke, unplug and off course the live performance with Tabla, Harmonium, Guitar and Keyboard.
What gave me the most felicity was the feeling that I got looking at the audience. They were enjoying every song, every beat, every instrument, essentially every moment of the show. It’s hard for me to explain or show the feeling of satisfaction that I had. But, one thing I can say for sure is the fact that all the hard work and effort that we put in for the event became worthwhile with your cooperation and comments.
I would like to thank you and congratulate you for making Sham-e-Ghazal a distinguished and memorable occasion.
Here are the pictures of the event.
Huma K Siddiqui
Thank you for making the volunteer appreciation day, Feb 21ST 2015, the best and an auspicious event.
I’m proud and glad to announce that we had one of the highest number of the audience.
For the first time, adult volunteers were recognized for their hard work, effort with a much deserved award. Also first time, community and corporate sponsors were acknowledged for their generous contributions by awards which were much appreciated. Participant kids were awarded with a certificate that they were thrilled about.
“Kaarma Nation” hypnotized us with their melodious music and exceptional performance. Not only adults but kids also enjoyed the music program as evidenced by the nonstop dancing and singing. Spectators were also entertained by a hilarious skit performed by our well known members.
Success of an event is judged by the involvement of the patrons and their feedback. I had innumerable positive feedback for the entire function regarding the décor, organization, skit, music and the food which included the hit item “karee”.
I again would like to thank and congratulate you for making this event an outstanding one.
I hope for your continued support and participation in the future events.
Huma K Siddiqui
PAFA President 2015
Dear Friends of PAFA,
You and your family are cordially invited to "PAFA Volunteer Appreciation Day" on Saturday, Feb/21/15. Executive Committee of 2015 will be introduced. We will recognize our awesome PAFA volunteers, past leadership and sponsors for their contributions during year 2014.
You will enjoy delicious Pakistani Cuisine followed by a musical concert by very famous Pakistani singer Haider Hassan of band Kaarma Nation. Kaarma Nation reinvents retro music with modern touch. You will be mesmerized by Haider's melodious voice.
VENUE: Zionsville Town Hall
1100 W Oak St, Zionsville, IN. 46077
DATE: Saturday, Feb/21/15
TIME: 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Please note due to limited seating capacity, tickets are sold on first come, first serve basis.
Please click on the link below to purchase your event tickets;
Please hurry, before the event is sold out!
You do not want to miss Haider Hassan (Kaarma Nation band)'s musical concert.
Please see Haider's introduction by clicking the link below.
On behalf of PAFA Executive committee 2015, we would like to wish you and your family a Happy New year. We look forward to another exciting year.
PAFA, Executive committee..
Table Tennis Tournament
at Monon Center October 25, 2014
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, soda, tea and Samosas. Tournament provided a very healthy activity for whole family and offered an opportunity of socializing as well.
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.