Reception for Hon. Arun Kumar Singh; Hungarian Cultural Garden Golf Outing
Later on Wednesday, July 20th, we had a few minutes between events which enabled us to stop off for a little while at Executive Caterers on Landerhaven Drive where a reception was being held for Hon. Arun Kumar Singh, the Indian Ambassador to the United States.
It was hosted by several groups including the Indian American Forum for Political Education (IAFPE) and the Federation of India Communities of Northeast Ohio (FICA of NEO).
We could only stay for a few minutes but we got to say hello to Ambassador Singh as well as his lovely wife, Dr. Maina Chawla Singh. We also met several leaders of the Indian community like Dr. Sampat S. Shivangi and Mr. Nirmal K. Sinha who is a 2003 Ellis Island Medal of Honor awardee. We talked to several of our friends such as Ms. Sujata Lakhe Barnard, Mr. Asim Datta, Mr. Murat Gurer, and Dr. Mona Alag.
We found out that Ambassador Singh once served as India's ambassador to Israel thus many people from the American Jewish Committee were there to greet him including Ms. Edie Hirsch who is an old friend of Ms. Margaret W. Wong and said to be sure to say hello to her.
Before long, we were off fighting the traffic to get to our last gathering of the day which was the golf outing on behalf of the Hungarian Cultural Garden.
It was held, for the second year in a row, at the Barrington Golf Club on Aurora Road in Aurora. The two chairman of the event were Mr. Ron Kovach and Mr. Mark Yonke who told us that this was the 9th year of the golf outing which generates some good money for the Hungarian Garden. All told about 45 people played golf and an additional 15-20 people came to dinner to show support for the Garden.
Ms. Carolyn Balogh, President of the Committee, addressed the group for a minute. She reminded us that the Garden was 78 years old and occupied about 4 acres of land. The committee has been rebuilding the Garden for the last 10 years and has several projects in mind that would really enhance it.
When we first arrived we spent some time listening to Mr. Andrew Check play the an instrument called the cimbalom and he did it quite well.
Wikipedia defines the cimbalom as a "concert hammered dulcimer: a type of chordophone composed of a large, trapezoidal box with metal strings stretched across its top."
Mr. Check told us that his family is very proud of its Hungarian heritage and when his grandfather died in 2004, he learned to play this instrument as a tribute to him.
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