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The 24th Annual Gala of The Indian Cultural Society of East Brunswick Is Filled with Energy, Dance, And Community Spirit

The 24th Annual Gala of the Indian Cultural Society of East Brunswick will be held on Sunday, December 10, 2023.

The Indian Cultural Society of East Brunswick’s 24th Annual Gala, held on Sunday, December 10th, at Royal Alberts Palace in New Jersey, was a rousing success, celebrating the rich tapestry of Indian culture through captivating Bollywood dances performed by adults and children (grades K through 12) from East Brunswick and surrounding townships. The event, which drew 400 people, was not only a cultural extravaganza but also a night of recognizing accomplishments, serving others, and fostering a sense of community spirit.

The spectacular Bollywood dance performances by 117 community members were the evening’s highlight. Their vibrant and energetic performances highlighted the diversity and beauty of Indian culture, captivating the audience and creating a joyful and celebratory atmosphere. Parents were visibly proud as they watched their children take the stage and perform.

The gala also served as a venue to recognize and celebrate community achievements. Senior graduation awards were presented to the class of 2024 at ICS, recognizing their academic achievements and commitment to excellence. coLab Arts, New Brunswick, received the Good Service Award, which recognizes organizations for their contributions to the community. The event’s chief guest was East Brunswick Mayor Brad Cohen. His presence emphasized the significance of community engagement and collaboration among local governments and cultural organizations.

Mayor Cohen’s speech emphasized the importance of community diversity and cultural exchange. The gala also doubled as a philanthropic event, reinforcing the community’s commitment to giving back. Attendees were encouraged to participate in various community initiatives in order to foster a sense of social responsibility and unity. The event highlighted the significance of not only celebrating cultural heritage but also actively engaging with and supporting the larger community.
The Royal Alberts Palace, with its opulent setting, was the ideal setting for the gala. Attendees were treated to a lavish feast featuring a wide variety of Indian culinary delights.
The combination of a lovely venue and delectable food contributed to the event’s overallsuccess, making it a memorable experience for all. The New Jersey Centre for Cooperative Media recognized Editor Maureen Berzok in 2023 for “Excellence in Local News.” Berzok was named East Brunswick Citizen of the Year in
2021 for his vital reporting during the pandemic. She received the Awbrey Award for “Community-Oriented Journalism” in 2020 as a member of the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists.

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