On October 29th, 2021, SAAPRI held its 20th Anniversary Fundraising Kickoff at Naveen’s Cuisine, with the aim of celebrating twenty years of providing the South Asian American community in Chicagoland with research and policy guidance! The event began with a Happy Hour Wine Tasting in coalition with Wines for Humanity, followed by a cooking class and dinner led by Chef Naveen, a lifelong cook and traveler specializing in South Asian and Thai food. There was also a speech led by Senator Ram Villivalam, a Chicago-raised local who is the first Asian American elected to the Illinois State Senate and specifically the first Indian American elected to the Illinois General Assembly.
SAAPRI thanks its generous sponsors the Kalapriya Foundation, The Julian Grace Foundation, Elite Sports Therapy & Wellness and its partners Naveen’s Cuisine and Wines for Humanity for making this celebration possible.
Thank you to all those who attended our event! If you were not able to attend, you can access the photos here.