Desi Talk – that’s all you need to know 7 City Views September 23, 2022 I n the early morning hours of Sept. 17, 2022, 40 vol- unteers gathered at Skillman Park, N.J., to prepare for the 5K Run/Walk to raise funds for charitable causes. It was the first edition of an event that the organization plans to repeat in the future. Leap to Shine was raising funds to help provide quality education for underserved children in India. Children of migrant workers, day laborers, girl chil- dren, children from financially strapped backgrounds are equipped with books, digital tablets, nutritional meals, vitamin supplements, shoes, book bags through Leap to Shine’s commitment to their welfare, a press release from the organization said. “Young volunteers of Leap to Shine NJ take im- mense pride in spending their summer planning the event, getting registrations, and finally executing it in Fall 2022. Their hard work meant 250 registrations for the event,” organizers said. The event was a family activity, with parents and chil- dren coming together in support of the Leap to Shine’s mission. Children as young as 5 years old pitched in whilst teens whizzed about on their bicycles ferrying banners, posting signs, and prepping the course. The race was flagged off with 200+ participants at 9 a.m. but not before a Flash Dance performance in which volunteers and participants joined in to create a festive atmosphere. This event was also a part of India’s 75th year of Independence celebration, organizers said. Consul General of India in NewYork Randhir Jaiswal was the Chief Guest. He presented awards to all the winners and handed out President’s Volunteer Service Awards to the exceptional Leap to Shine volunteers. Participants got white T-shirts with the logos of sponsors displayed on the back. Sponsors of the event included 27th Investments Pinky Shah Mortgage Team (Pinky Shah), Shah Total Planning, O5 apparel (Sonali Gupta), Insurance office of America, Indegene,, Rane’s Dental, New York Life. ParikhWorldwide and ITVGold partnered with coverage of the event. Nonprofit Leap To Shine’s 5K Run/Walk Raises $15,000 In New Jersey By a StaffWriter T his August 31 to September 4, 2022, the event-management company -1947 Productions & Entertainment Inc. – hosted the “9th Annual Biggest Ganesh Utsav Fes- tival of America” atWoodbridge Center Mall, Woodbridge, New Jersey, the com- pany said in a press release. The event, commonly known as Ganesh Chaturthi worldwide, is a cel- ebration of the rebirth of Lord Ganesh. Popularly celebrated with great fervor all around India, 1947 has been keeping the tradition alive for the South Asian diaspo- ra in USA, since 2014, when the inaugural event got an overwhelming response, the company said. More than 150,000 people attend it an- nually, the company estimates. The five-day festival is marked by a massive 14 feet statue of Lord Ganesh, which is worshipped over the course of the celebrations. A vendor fair featuring jewelry, apparel, toys, food, along with a dance perfor- mance show, allows visitors to better experience the culture of India. Renowned individuals from India, including former police officer Kiran Bedi, playback singer Javed Ali and Bollywood actor Abhimanyu Dasani, have been VIP guests at the event. Sponsors have included Shoprite, SLT Foods, Zee TV, Patel Brothers, Swad Foods, 27th Cares, NewYork Life, MassMutual, Aaj Tak, ITV Gold, TV Asia, Royal Albert’s Palace and many more. “With 2.5 million Hindus in America, one of the fastest growing demographics, 1947’s work in increasing representation will prove to be invaluable for future gen- erations,” the company said in the press release. Organizers Hold “9th Annual Biggest Ganesh Utsav Festival Of America” In N.J. By a StaffWriter Photo: 1947 Productions & Entertainment Inc. Photos:Leapto Shine Fourteen feet tall Ganesh murti at the 9th Annual Ganesh Utsav of event-management company 1947 Productions & Entertainment Inc. ,held in Wood- bridge, N.J. Aug. 31 to Sept. 4, 2022. Ganesh Utsav 2022 in Woodbridge, NJ, Aug. 31 to Sept. 4, was attended by among others, renowned Indian police officer Kiran Bedi, 4th from left, and Abhimanyu Dasani. More than 200 participants took part in the nonprofit Leap To Shine 5K Run/Walk Sept. 17, 2022, in New Jersey. More than 200 participants at the Finish Line of the nonprofit Leap To Shine 5K Run/Walk Sept. 17, 2022, in Skillman Park, New Jersey. About 40 volunteers gathered at dawn in Skillman Part, N.J., to prepare for the nonprofit Leap to Shine’s 5K Run/Walk, Sept. 17, 2022.