You're Invited: HAF's Tri-Valley Gala 2019
Join us for a fireside chat with Padma Kuppa, MI State Representative, and Niraj Antani, OH State Representative, as they share their personal experiences of shattering the ceiling as proud Hindu American elected officials. And after we chat, enjoy a live musical performance and a delicious vegetarian dinner.
Date: Sunday, May 5, 2019
Time: 4:00 - 8:00 pm
Place: Dublin Shannon Community Center, Ambrose Hall, 11600 Shannon Ave, Dublin, CA 94568
Tickets: Buy tickets here
- General admission: $100
- Exclusive table of 8: $1000
- Children, 18 and under: Free
Padma Kuppa, MI State Representative — State Rep. Padma Kuppa is serving her first term representing Michigan’s 41st House District, which encompasses the cities of Troy and Clawson. Kuppa has been a civic leader, serving the Bharatiya Temple of Metropolitan Detroit and volunteering with the PTA throughout her children’s K-12 education. She founded the Troy-area Interfaith Group, created to bring people of all faiths together, and supported other community organizations that provided services. She served the Hindu community nationally by advocating on issues with the Hindu American Foundation, serving on its Board from 2013-2017, and was involved with both the Hindu American Seva Charities and the Hindu Mandir Executives Conference in leadership roles. As the first Indian immigrant and Hindu in the State Legislature, she hopes to bring a fresh perspective to the State House.
Niraj Antani, OH State Representative —Niraj Antani is serving his third term in the Ohio House. He represents the 42nd District, which covers most of southern Montgomery County. He is the second Indian-American state elected official in Ohio history, and the first Indian-American Republican. Antani was named to Forbes Magazine’s list of the top “30 Under 30” people in the United States for Law & Politics in 2015. In 2016, Newsmax named his the 2nd most influential Republican under 30 in the United States. In addition, he was named to the “Top 30 Conservatives Under Age 30 in the United States” list by Red Alert Politics. In 2013, the Montgomery County Republican Party named him the “Republican Man of the Year.”
Samir Kalra, Esq., Managing Director based in the Bay Area, CA, holds a JD from Santa Clara University School of Law. Mr. Kalra leads the Foundation's human rights advocacy efforts and has served as a panelist at the National Press Club and multiple Congressional briefings on human rights and religious freedom in South Asia.
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