By Suresh Bodiwala
CHICAGO: Over 350 people attended the Gujarati Samaj Chicago (GSC) annual family picnic on Sunday at Cook County Forest Preserve on Higgins Road here.
Like previous years, this picnic also turned out to be a fulfilling experience for all the participants, thanks to GSC president Suryakant Patel, his team and volunteers.
Participants enjoyed cricket, volleyball, bingo, and fun games like standing kho, gajgrah, lemon & spoon, and others during the day.
There were many games for children as well as elderly people and the winners were rewarded with prizes.
Trophies were presented to Puja Lapsiwala, Vidya Soni, Esha Modi, Ayushi Modi, Shalin Shah, Sirohi Shah, Ayushi Shah and Eisha Shah by spouses of the board members.
At 11.30 AM, the picnickers gathered for lunch consisting of the traditional gota, chai, Mexican food, chatni, chips and aalsa, Nachos and cheese, popsicle and ice cream.
Dinner was served between at 5:45 PM, and consisted of khichdi, kadhi, vegetarian shak and puri.
To compensate for the hot weather, water melon was also served. The temperature was around 90 degrees F and enough water and drinks, with paper cups and paper towels were stacked to supply to the thirsty participants throughout the day.
Cold drinks were there aplenty to cool down in the hot weather.
Suresh Bodiwala, chairman, and Jyotikumar Chokshi, Editor of Asian Media, interacted with GSC President Suryakant Patel about community affairs, including the picnic. Asian Media also interacted with various persons via live video.
The picnic ended at 7 pm.
Gujarati Samaj Chicago is a non-profit organization serving the Chicagoland area. Its mission is to champion the cause of the Gujarati people and foster traditional values such as respect for everybody, truth, collaboration, and integrity.
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