The 7th Annual Sikh American Awareness Event was organized by Baba Faqir Chand Ji Foundation and Western Singh Foundation at Ceres Community Center in California in the United States on 7th June.
The event is organized annually to educate and explore different areas of Sikh/Indian community culture in California, United States.
At the event, individuals and organizations were awarded for their efforts to bring the community closer. Jaspreet Kaur was honored with Community Organizer of the Year award, Congressman Josh Harder was bestowed with Leadership of the Year award while American G.I. Forum, Modesto Chapter, was given the Non-Profit Organization of the Year award.
The sensitive topic of bullying in schools and what can be done to stop it was chosen to highlight the plight of students. Positive Character Awards were also given to middle school and high school students at the event.
Jaspreet Kaur, Community Organizer, Jakara Movement was the keynote speaker at the event. She addressed the various dignitaries present and shared her views on Sikh/Indian community culture in US and what more needs to be done to bring the communities together.
Congressman Josh Harder, District 10; Sumati Rao, Consul for Community Affairs, Information & Culture; Assembly Member Adam Gray representative Lisa Montero; Assembly Member Health Flora’s office Mr. Condit; Senator Anna Caballero’s office, Jennifer Hidalgo; Senator Tom Berryhill’s office, Patricia O’Brien; San Joaquin County Supervisor, Bob Elliott; Madera County Sheriff, Jay Varney; Merced County District Attorney, Kimberly Lewis; Stanislaus County District Attorney, Birgit Fladgar; Stanislaus County Sheriff Jeff Dirkse; Former Sheriff of San Joaquin County, Steve Moore; Superintendent of Modesto City Schools, Sara Noguchi; Vice-Mayor, City of Modesto, Jenny Kenoyer; City of Modesto, Councilmember, Mani Grewal, Tony Madrigal, Doug Ridenour; City of Oakdale, Council Women, Cherilyn Bairos; Vice-Mayor, City of Manteca, Gary Singh; City Manager, Livingston, Jose Ramirez; Police Chief, City of Ceres, Rick Collins; Police Chief, City of Livingston, Ruben Chavez; Police Chief, City of Ripon, Ed Ormonde; Police Chief, City of Escalon, Mike Borges; Congressional candidate for District 10, Ted Howze; Cesar Chavez Junior High School Principal, Rosemarie Kloepfer and Blaker-Kinser Junior High School, Marianne Goularte graced the event with their presence.