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Indo American Foundation of Tampa Bay’s 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament SET APRIL 25

The Indo American Foundation of Tampa Bay (IAFTB) will hold its 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Saturday, April 25, at Lake Jovita Golf Course in Dade City. Shotgun tee time starts at 9 a.m.

“The scramble golf tournament is unique and a lot of fun. We are proud to host this impressive annual event, and we’re excited that so many golfers return for the fun year after year,” said Kal Patel, president and co-founder of the foundation.

The tournament will have craft beer tasting, Scotch tasting and fresh ethnic Indian food tents right on the course. Additionally, the event will feature tournament activity classics like closest-to-the-pin contest, long drive contest, raffle contest and special prizes.

A unique addition this year, the putting contest will be hosted by GiGi’s Playhouse Tampa, a Down Syndrome Achievement Center, and will pair tournament golfers with adult Gigi’s Playhouse members with Down syndrome for some friendly rivalries.

IAFTB already has commitments of support from many great local companies such as Bay Area Gastroenterology Associates, Zen Nutrients, MedENet, Novo Pharm, Strut Healthcare, Serenity Dental, and Urban Specialty Pharmacy.

GiGi’s Playhouse Tampa provides consistent delivery of free educational, therapeutic-based and career development programs for individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community, through a replicable playhouse model.

“We are so excited about this golf fundraiser, because with support from our community we’re able to raise funds to support important local non-profits like GiGi’s Playhouse Tampa,” said Devan A. Patel, IAFTB co-founder and senior board member.

Interested businesses can learn more the IAFTB Annual Charity Golf tournament and opportunities to get involved online at


Story provided by Assan Shahdadpuri

The Sindhi Society of Central Florida will celebrate Jhulay Laal Jayanti, also known as Cheti Chand (Sindhi New Year), on Wednesday, March 25, in Orlando, Tampa and Lakeland.

ORLANDO: Maa Durga Sri Saibaba Mandir, 11414 S. Apopka Vineland Road. Bahrano, bhajans, from noon to 1 p.m. followed by aarti and prasad. Free event.

TAMPA: Sanatan Mandir, 211 E. Palm Ave. Bahrano, bhajans from 7 to 8 p.m. followed by aarti and prasad. Free.

LAKELAND: Lake Parker Park, Blue Heron Pavilion, 910 Granada St. Cheti Chand picnic is the society’s 24th year of celebrations. 1 to 5 p.m. Lunch, bahrano, bhajans, aarti, Chez (Sindhi dance) Also, there are activities for small children like bounce house, cricket, etc. All are welcome.

All Hindus believe that there is one God but he has various names and worship many deities. Sindhis also believe the same and have their own deity Lord Jhulay Laal who is known as Uderolal, Lal Sai, Dool Halal, Zinda Pir, Khawaja Pir, etc. He is also worshiped as Ishta Dev, Varun Dev by the Hindus, who is the incarnation of Sri Krishna.

Sri Krishna in the Gita says that whenever adharma (evil) tries to overcome dharma and injustice or unrighteousness on earth, he shall come as an avatar to rescue people. Some scholars believe that Rig Veda was written on the banks of river Sindhu. There also is a mention that in the mid-10th century AD, Lord Varun Dev took avatar in the form of Lord Jhulay Laal in Nasarpur province of Thatta Sindh (state of united India) now Pakistan, to save the Hindus from the tyrannous and fanatic Muslim ruler Mirkha Shah, who had taken a vow to convert all Sindhi Hindus. Hence, Jhulay Laal is known as the savior, saint, patron of all Hindu Sindhis.

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