Picnic 2016

Report by: Stany DSouza                                                          Photo: Sally Quadros/Vissia DSouza

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Chicago, July 30:  The Mangalorean Konkan Christians Association of Chicago, conducted its 14th annual picnic at the Cynthia Peterson Park of Vernon Hills.  It was a mild day with lots of sun and a cool breeze, which gave all both the young and old a good time participating in a variety of games and activities. Not to mention the great food and drinks provided by the members of MKCA and their well-wishers.

The Picnic was initiated by a welcome speech from the President of the association, Vissia D’Souza.  She thanked all the participants for their presence, and especially the planning committee for their great efforts in organizing this annual activity so well.  The participants loved to play the famous pass-time of the Indian masses, Cricket.  Children and youth enjoyed volleyball.  Others tried to wrestle on mild winds while playing shuttle badminton.  Children, youth and old alike enjoyed playing Bean Bag Toss.  Youth at times enjoyed passing time playing short spurts of American Football, Soccer and Frisbee.   Children and adults loved to play Piñata.  When the Piñata finally broke, a variety of chocolates spilled the ground and children rushed to the spot to grab their fair share!

There were a lot of games and competitions arranged by the organizers, under the chairpersons of the planning committee, Shannon Mascarenhas and Rose Mascarenhas.  Following participants won prizes:   Passing the Parcel (1-6 years old) – Olivia Quadros, winner and Karen Quadros, runner-up.  Lemon and Spoon Race (7-12 years old) – Keira Martis, winner and Logan Quadros, runner-up.   Sack Race (13-19 years old) – Jason Mendonca, winner and Jovan Monteiro, runner-up.  Women’s Sack Race – Charamaine Fernandes, winner and Vissia D’Souza, runner-up.  Mens Sack Race – Allen Martis, winner and Sean Wagers, runner-up

All the participants had great fun in participating in open to all activities of Tug-of-war, Water Balloon Toss and dog-n-bone.

To quench the thirst of the participants there were a number soft drinks and fruits.  The participants enjoyed a sumptuous picnic lunch, which consisted of authentic South Indian dishes combined with local menu items, which were tailor made for the picnic.  There were a variety of desserts prepared by the members present.

Seeds Of Hope 2016

Report By Lawrence Mascarenhas                     Pictures by: Lawrence Mascarenhas and Vissia DSouza

Chicago, June 25: The Mangalorean Konkan Christian Association (MKCA), Chicago organized a fund raiser “Seeds of Hope – 2016” – a charity event to support Shubhada (A Short Stay Home for the Women in distress), a human service project run by the Sisters of the Little Flower of Bethany, in Mangalore, India.  The project’s main objective is to help women and girls who have been victimized in the society by way of molestation, violence, sexual abuse, exploitation and harassment; irrespective of caste, creed or their religious belief.  Though the efforts are being made to reduce the atrocities against the women, the society has not fully risen to the welfare of the women and girls.

All women Executive Committee of MKCA under the dynamic leadership of President Vissia Dsouza with the support of Rev. Fr. Richie Vaz, SVD and with strong collaboration of members from MKCA and friends turned fund raiser event into a friend raiser event.  The atmosphere was thrilling and awesome with Bro. Carl Gales SVD compeering the program with his wit and humor.

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The program commenced by president Vissia D’Souza welcoming the guests and enlightening them on the philanthropic service rendered by the Bethany Sisters of Shubhada to women and girls of the society in Mangalore-India.  The Bharata Natyam and Bollywood dances organized by Queenie Mendonca and performed by the students of Soorya Dance School captured the hearts of the audience, leaving everyone awestruck. The dancers received a great applause and praise from the audience.

There were two generous donors “Sun Set Foods” who provided for the event with variety of appetizers and yummy food; Gordon Food services with plentiful Ice Cream and beverages. There were variety of games, housie-housie and draw of raffle tickets. There was so much of excitement and fun all through the program.

Then it was a time for big raffle draw.  The three winners of the raffle draw bigheartedly donated the prize money to the charity.

The climax of the program was winning new friends for the Mission of MKCA.  “Seeds of Hope”, an evening of amusement, fun and entertainment came to a happy ending with Queenie Mendonca, Secretary of MKCA thanking in a big way Sunset Foods, Northbrook and Gordon Food Services (GFS) for donating the food for a worthy cause.  She expressed profound appreciation to the Management and Staff of Divine Word Mission Center for their support and cooperation in subsidizing this event and in turn contributing to the noble cause.  She in particular thanked Rev.Fr. Richie Vaz, SVD and all the Novices of Divine Word Society, Techny who served as ushers and for their support in conducting this event. Queenie specially thanked Jossie Mendonca and Stany D’Souza, the Chairpersons of the event for organizing and coordinating the entire fund-raising project.