Pongal-Republic Day 2007

Bighelp Pongal-Republic Day - 2007 Celebrations were celebrated on February 3, 2007. This annual fund raiser of the Bighelp organization was attended by over 420 people and raised USD 6500 as donations. This event celebrated not only the festive occasions, but also showcased the talent among both children and adults by conducting a number of contests and by providing them an opportunity to exhibit their talents through on stage cultural programs.

The event lasted for nearly 6 hours, starting off with the Spelling Bee which was conducted at 3 levels for Grades 1-6, Coloring contest for kids ages 3-6, Art contest for all kids, and Rangoli contest for the adults. The cultural programs that followed the contests were numerous yet varied. There were traditional classical dances, dances to the movie songs, patriotic songs sung by groups of children, and a play-let with a message. Audience enjoyed the soulful dances and the melodious songs alike.

Total 43 children participated in Spelling Bee contest, 36 children in Coloring contest, 24 children in Art, and 11 ladies in Rangoli contest. The contest winners were all awarded prizes by the honorary guests of the event Mr. Mohan Nannapaneni & Mr. Krishna Yalamanchili.

In his address, the President of Bighelp restated the need for continuous support for needy children and iterated the worthiness of the cause. He updated the audience with the work done and progress made in the past year. He said "currently 170 students are being sponsored under Sponsor-A-Child program, 5659 students have benefited through Adopt-A-School program and 6940 have participated in Merit Awards program." He also acknowledged the support of all the volunteers of the organization and announced the "Best Volunteer of the Year - 2006" award to Mr. Gaurav Narale.

Delicious food prepared by the volunteers was served at the conclusion of the event.

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