SILC Great Gatherings

SILC's Great Gatherings are individual social and fundraising events hosted by our own SILC families.  

The events have ranged from craft afternoons to evening meals to events outside of people's homes.  
The host (or hosts) covers the cost of the event and the money raised by the participants goes directly to SILC programming.  
The most important part of this program is not the money raised, but the community that we build!

If you would like to host a gathering email veetitandon@gmail.com

2018-19 Great Gatherings: information available this fall!

Past Great Gatherings:


2017-2018 past events:
Event: Dandiya Dinner!
Date and Time: Saturday, September 16 6pm-9pm
Hosts: Sonali and Nirav Vora
Details: Pau Bhaji, Vegetable biryani with Raita. We'll teach everyone how to play Dandiya Rass!
Who: 4 families
Cost: $12 per adult and $8 per child
Location: Woodbury

Event: String it up!
Description of Event: Make your own earrings – a different pair for each outfit, match every mood. Keep for yourself or wow someone for the holidays with a pair. 
#of people attending: (Max of 5 families)
Adults or children or both: Both 
Price per person $12. Supplies will be provided. 
Donor/Host name(s): Mangala and Meghana Acharya, supported by Harish and Arjun Acharya
Date: Satuday September 30 from 4 - 7 pm
Location: Woodbury 

Event: DIWALI PARTY
Description of event: Come celebrate a typical Indian Diwali with lamps (er, tealights!), sweets, snacks, fireworks (weather permitting) and "rangoli". Be sure to dress in your fine, festive attire. (Indian recommended, not mandatory).
# of people attending: 20
Adults or Children or Both: Both
Price per Person: $12 per adult, $8 per child
Donor Name: Varsha and Shiv Bhatia
Date of Event: Saturday October 21, 2017
Location: Woodbury

Event: Halloween Party!
Description of event: Come celebrate Halloween with us with snacks, treats and games! Costumes are required for adults and children (ok not required but come on it's a Halloween party!!)
#of people attending: (Max of 6 families)
Adults or children or both: Both 
Price: $12 per adult and $8 per child 
Donor/Host name(s): Veeti Tandon, Peter Sandgren and Bela and Kairav , Sonja Agarwal, Rohan Agarwal, Nikhil Agarwal
Date: Saturday October 28 from 3-6 pm
Location: Minneapolis 

Event: THANKSGIVING FEAST
Menu includes a maple-glazed, herb-brined roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, Brussel sprouts, green beans casserole, roasted Fall root veggies. For dessert, there’s sweet potato pie, apple pie and pumpkin pie with honey ice-cream. 
Number of families: 5 
Adults or children or both: Both
Price per person: $12 for adults $8 for kids
Host: Andy Harwood & Cheryllyne Vaz
Date: Thanksgiving November 23 at 5 pm
Location: Minneapolis

Name of event: Delhi Darbar
Date and Time: Saturday, 3/17/18; 7:00 PM
Donor/Host name(s): Richa and Raj Sastry
Location: Eden Prairie
Details: Come and enjoy cuisines of North India - Aloo Mattar, Rajma, Chole with Masala chai and fun Bollywood music! 
Who: Maximum of 5 families. Adults and children welcome.
Cost: $12 per adult / $8 per child

Name of event: Chatpati Chat
Date and Time: Saturday 4/7/18 6.30pm
Donors/ Host: Mona and Vivek Salunke 
Location: Edina
Details: Enjoy mouthwatering Indian snacks like Pani Puri, Karela chat and dahi bhalle. Finishing with sweet Shahi tukda.
Who: 5 families maximum 
Cost: $12 per adult / $8 per child

Name of event: Bollywood Night
Date and time: Saturday, 4/21/18 6:00 PM
Donor/Host name(s): Nidhi Khandelwal and Kartika Bhardwaj
Location: Mahtomedi
Details: Bring along your filmi style, desi appetite and join us for an evening of fun, food, drinks, music and games! Costumes: Portray your favorite character from Bollywood.
Who: 6 families maximum. Adults and children welcome.
Cost:

Name of event: Welcome to Summer!
Date and Time: Saturday 5/26/18, 6:00 pm
Donor/Host Name(s): Varsha and Shiv Bhatia
Location: Woodbury
Details: After a grueling winter, it is time to look forward to the sunny days ahead. Varsha and Shiv invite you to get together for an outdoor cookout (vegetarian & non-vegetarian) in their backyard, with cocktails and mock-tails amongst other food items.......plus outdoor games for kids!
Who: 7 families maximum. Adults and children welcome.
Cost: $15 per adult / $10 per child

Name of Event: Let's SEW!
Date and Time: TBD, 4:00 - 7:00 PM
Donor/Host name(s): Mangala Acharya 
Location: Woodbury
Details: Master your sewing machine! Learn simple stitches, make your own tote bag. Bring your own sewing machine. Fabric, and thread will be provided, along with chai and snacks!
Who: # of people attending: 10 - 12. Adults and children welcome. (kids above 8 years, preferably)
Cost: $12 per adult / $8 per child


2016-2017 past events:

Name of event: Apple Picking

Description of event: Picking apples at an apple orchard, hayrides, snacks and more!

# of people attending: 5 families (Kids &  Adults both welcome)

Adults or children or both: Both

Price per person $12 for adults $8 for kids

Donor/Host name: Anu Kumble, Shailesh Koppikar and Ria

Address of event:  Aamodt Apple farm in Stillwater

Date: Sunday September 25th OR if weather does not permit Oct 2nd


Name of Event:  Dandiya Dinner

Description of event: Dinner served Pau Bhaji, vegetable biryani with raita....Also since it's the 1st day of Navratri, we'll teach everyone how to play Dandiya Rass!

# of people attending: Maximum 5 families

Adults or Children or Both: Both - Both

Price per Person: $12 per adult, $8 per child

Donor Name: Sonali and Nirav Vora

Date of Event: Saturday, October 1, 2016    6-9 pm


Name of Event:  DIWALI PARTY - FULL!

Description of event: Come celebrate a typical Indian Diwali with lamps (er, tealights!), sweets, snacks, fireworks (weather permitting) and "rangoli". Be sure to dress in your fine, festive attire. (Indian recommended, not mandatory).

# of people attending: 20

Adults or Children or Both:  Both

Price per Person: $12 per adult, $8 per child

Donor Name: Varsha and Shiv Bhatia

Date of Event: Saturday, November 5th, 2016


Name of event: String it up! - FULL!

Description of Event: Make your own earrings – a different pair for each outfit, match every mood. Keep for yourself or wow someone for the holidays with a pair.  

#of people attending: (Max of 5 families)

Adults or children or both: Both

Price per person $12. Beads, findings, and other supplies will be provided. Each person will make one of the following: Two pairs of earrings OR one bracelet or one anklet

Donor/Host name(s): Mangala and Meghana Acharya, supported by Harish and Arjun Acharya

Date: Saturday November 12 4-7 pm


Name of Event:  Swagat Tiffin Center - FULL!

Description of Event: Fond of South Indian food? Come and experience the authentic homemade South Indian tiffins (Idly, Wada, Upma and Dosa served with Sambar and Coconut chutney) at Ghatti's residence. Fond of South Indian food? Come and experience the authentic homemade South Indian tiffins (Idly, Wada, Upma and Dosa served with Sambar, Coconut chutney, Dessert and More) at Ghatti's residence.  

# of people attending: (Max of 6 families)

Adults or children or both: Both

Price per guest: $12/adult $8/child

Donor/Host name(s): Purnima & Chandra Ghatti

Date:  Saturday Nov 19 2016 at 7 pm


Name of Event:  THANKSGIVING FEAST

Menu includes a maple-glazed, herb-brined roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, Brussel sprouts, green beans casserole, roasted Fall root veggies. For dessert, there’s sweet potato pie, apple pie and pumpkin pie with honey ice-cream.

Number of families: 5

Adults or children or both: Both

Price per person: $12 for adults $8 for kids

Host: Andy Harwood & Cheryllyne Vaz

Date: Thanksgiving - Thursday, November 24 at 5 pm


Name of Event: Udupi Cafe - FULL!
Description of Event: Explore the diverse cuisine of Karnataka with mouth watering bisi bele bath, snow-white neer dosa, spicy and sweet chow chow baath, with authentic filter coffee and cardamom chai!## of people attending: (Max of 5 families)
Adults or children or both: Both
Price per person: $12/adult $8/child
Date and Time: Saturday December 10th at 7 pm

Donor/Host name(s): Mangala and Harish Acharya, ably assisted by Meghana and Arjun Acharya

Name of event: Kundan Rangoli  - FULL
Description of event:  Kundan Rangoli - Make stunning pieces of floor art that can be repositioned and placed wherever desired. Sparkly rhinestones will add instant sparkle to the decor of any room.

Name of the event: Chatpati Chat
Description: Enjoy mouthwatering Indian snacks like Pani Puri, Choole tikki and dahi bhalle. Finishing with sweet Malpuve.
# of people attending: 5 families maximum 
Price per person: 12$/adult 8$/kids
Donors/ Host: Mona and Vivek Salunke 
Date and Time: Saturday 18th March 6.30pm

Name of Event:  India Junction
Description of Event: Come and enjoy the various vegetarian finger foods and dishes representing diverse pallet from India. Bring your mobile devices(1 per family) for some learning fun.
#of people attending:  5 to 6 Families
Adults or children or both:  Both.
Price per person: $12 per adult / $8 per child
Donor/Host name(s): Venkat and Madhuri Seemakurthy
Date and Time: March 25th 2017, 6:30 PM

Name of Event:  Welcome to Summer 2017
Description of Event:  After a grueling winter, it is time to look forward to the sunny days ahead. Memorial day weekend is
the time to welcome summer in our part of the world.
Varsha and Shiv invite you to get together for an outdoor cookout (vegetarian & non-vegetarian)
in their backyard in Woodbury, with cocktails and mock-tails amongst other food items…….plus
outdoor games for kids
Number of People Attending: 7 families
Adults or Children or both: Both
Price per Person:
 Ages 12 and less - $ 10
 Ages 13 and above - $15
Donor/Host Name(s): Varsha and Shiv Bhatia
Address of Event:  Woodbury, MN
Date and Time: Sat June 3, 2017 ***date change
(6:30 PM onwards)

Name of Event Pool Party
 Description of Event:   A great gathering - a pool party packed with two hours of fun. You can swim and play games in a private, backyard pool heated to a warm 85 degrees for maximum comfort. You can also play basketball on a court next to the pool before or after swimming.  Children and adults will make happy memories that will last a lifetime. 
 Bring your own music, towels, and swimsuit. We will serve pizza after the swimming. 
 #of people attending: Limited to 25 people (including adults and children)
Adults or children or both: Both. Parents/adults are required to watch over their own children in the pool.
Price per person: $12/adult $8/child 
 Donor/Host name(s): Siva and Bhas Jasthi
 Date and Time:  June 25th, 2017,  4 to 6 PM
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