Help Our Hungry Neighbors




Team IAALV is helping Second Harvest Food Bank to feed the hungry and the less fortunate during the Thanksgiving Season. Please help us by donating some of the below mentioned items. As Diwali is a festival of giving and sharing, we hope that you will be able to support us in this endeavor. Thank you for your generous support towards the local community

3 ways to drop off the food:

  • Drop off at the choreographers place
  • Bring it along with you on the day of rehearsal( Most Preferred)
  • Bring it on the day of the program


Items most needed: (No glass bottles)

  • Corn Meal and Muffin Mix
  • Jello and Pudding Mixes
  • Bisquick or Flour
  • Canned & Dry Pasta
  • Rice
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Canned meats
  • Canned Soup
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned fruit
  • Salt & Sugar
  • Instant Mashed Potatoes
  • Stuffing Mix
  • Canned Gravy or Packets
  • Canned Pie Filling
  • Personal Care Items (soap, toothpaste, shampoo, etc.)

Contact: Bama Bhashyam for more info. Email us at:

Also visit: for more information.

Annual DIWALI Celebration


Nov 8, 2014 @ 4:30PM


Springhouse Middle School

1200 Springhouse Rd., Allentown, PA 18104

Who is invited?

Open to all. This is a ticketed event.


Diwali Flyer


Members: $20.00 per adult (Age 16 years and above).

Non-Members: $25.00 per adult (Age 16 years and above).

Children: $12.00 per child (Age 5 to 15 years).

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Basket Raffle

We are looking for generous sponsors, Click here to read more if you are interested.

Program Details

4:30PM to 6:30PM : Cultural Program

6:30PM to 8:30PM: Dinner and Socializing

8:30PM to 11:00PM: Professional Programs


For Program details:

For TIckets:


Diwali Basket Raffle




On Nov 8 Annual Diwali Celebration

Springhouse Middle School

The Basket Raffle would be similar to previous year is for IAALV Fund Raiser. It will be a Silent Auction. IAALV plans to have at least 12 baskets, if not more. Each basket will have a theme. Each basket station will have the basket, basket name, list of items in the basket, name(s) of the sponsor(s) of the basket, and a bidding form for the basket where patrons will get to bid on each basket by putting in their name and the amount they bid. The starting bid will be $25.00.

gift basket

At the end of the night, the highest bidder with regard to each basket will win the basket. The final decision, however, will be in the hands of the committee that organized the raffle.


  • IAALV welcomes the community warmly to participate in the Basket Raffle Silent Auction, Diwali Program, 2014.
  • Local businesses are welcome to sponsor a basket.
  • Each basket value should be in the range of $35 – $50.
  • Please contact Mrunalini Govande or Neha Laud at if you are interested in sponsoring a basket and its contents.
  • If you are interested in sponsoring a ready-made basket, it needs to be delivered to Mrunalini’s house three nights before the event, preferably by November 6th.
  • In the case you want to sponsor a basket and its contents but can’t assemble the basket, IAALV can do the assembling. Please deliver 10 days before the program to Mrunalini’s house to ensure timely assembly, preferably by October 30th. She will put your basket together.
  • IAALV thanks you in advance for your generosity.


Suggested Contents for a variety of Baskets:

Basket #1: Lights, Camera, and more

  • A variety of DVDS
  • Popcorn
  • Popcorn container
  • Pretzels and dip
  • Hot chocolate

Name of Sponsor: _______________________________________________

Basket #2:     Picnicking    

  • Picnic Basket
  • storage containers
  • dinner set for 4
  • mat to spread

Name of Sponsor: _______________________________________________

Basket #3: Have a ball

  • soccer,
  • football,
  • softball,
  • tetherball,
  • massage balls,
  • beach ball,
  • juggling balls,
  • nerf balls

Name of Sponsor: _______________________________________________

Basket #4: Pickles ‘n’ Dips

  • Indian pickles, sauces and dips of your choice
  • American pickles, sauces and dips of your choice

Name of Sponsor: _______________________________________________

Basket #5: Game night, Game on!

  • Board games
  • Card games
  • Puzzles

Name of Sponsor: _______________________________________________

Basket #6 Stationary

  • Writing pads
  • Envelopes
  • Stickies
  • Pens

Name of Sponsor: _______________________________________________

Basket #7 Towels/ toiletries

  • Hand towels
  • Bath towels
  • Kitchen towels
  • Soap dispenser
  • Soap case

Name of Sponsor: _______________________________________________

Basket #8 Healthy snack and nut basket

  • Veggies chips
  • Rice cakes
  • Gourmet popcorn
  • Oatmeal cookies
  • Pretzels
  • Nuts

Name of Sponsor: _______________________________________________

Basket # 9 Mexican Fiesta

  • Chips
  • Salsa
  • Enchiladas
  • Cheese
  • Tortillas

Name of Sponsor: _______________________________________________

Basket #10 Indian Snacks

Name of Sponsor:  Indian Bazaar, Whitehall, PA

  • Variety of Indian Snacks

Name of Sponsor: Indian Bazaar, Whitehall, PA


Dear Esteemed Members of Our Community:

I would like to wish you a very Happy Gandhi Jayanti 2014.

Yesterday (October 2nd) people all over India and Indian Diaspora around the world celebrated Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday.

Just want to wish for Peace, Humanity, Love and Happiness for the World in which we live in on this Gandhi Jayanti!!

Members of Team IAALV is determined with unquenchable faith and quest in its mission which will alter the course of history of the LV Indian Diaspora from its compartmentalized vision to one of ‘Composite India’ in this adopted country of ours. Through a repertoire of programs, IAALV is projecting ‘Composite India’ and connecting Indian-Americans with Lehigh Valley organizations and people.

To commemorate the birth anniversary of Father of Nation of the largest democracy of the world, Team IAALV is offering food services for the homeless at the Allentown Rescue Mission.

IAALV – Youth Group (led by IAALV Youth Coordinator Aditya Govande) will prepare food in the morning and serve at the mission in the afternoon on Saturday, Oct 4 under the guidance of IAALV Youth Advisor Nitin Laud and the program is facilitated and supervised by our Program Manager Bama Bhashyam.

It is with a great pleasure I am happy to say that our young folks are providing a great service to our Lehigh Valley community at large with so much sensitivity with the unwavering support from their parents and the members of Team IAALV.

Thank you all for volunteering on behalf of the 5000 plus Lehigh Valley Indian-Americans.

Happy Gandhi Jayanti!! God Bless Us All!!

  • Team IAALV