8th Annual Event


Save the Date for our 8th Annual Event - Friday May 2nd, 2014

After 7 amazing years, we are pleased to invite you to our 8th Passage to India, a fundraiser for Easter Seals. If you have not experienced the event, you are in for a surprise. The evening includes amazing cuisine prepared by local Indian volunteers. The highlight of the dinner event is a fashion show that includes Easter Seals children. Passage to India 2014 will be on May 2nd at the Peoria Civic Center.  

Last year, we had the pleasure of expanding our annual dinner event to include not only a Leadership Roundtable and Executive Forum, but also an evening of India music as a special pre-event. This year, we cordially invite you to join us for another spectacular event leading up to your annual Indian dinner and gala.

2014 Event Information:

     - 5:30pm Cocktails & Hors D'Oeuvres

     - 7:00pm Welcome

     - 7:10pm Fashion Show: Easter Seals Children

     - 7:30pm Dinner: Kitchen Made Specialty Indian Cuisine

Dress Code is business or Indian attire.

2014 Leadership Summit:

Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center
10:00 am~ Executive Forum
11:45 am~Management Forum

Leadership Summit Speakers:

Co-Author Best Seller, Reverse Innovation
Vijay Govindarajan
Professor of Business-Dartmouth College
Steve Wunning
Group President Caterpillar Inc.
Bharat Balasubramanian
Retired Vice President Mercedes-Benz
Paul Nunes
Global Managing Director
Accenture Institute for High Performance 
John Vozenilek, MD, FACE
Chief Medical Director
Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center 

Passage to India: Celebrate Our Cultures Combined

Several centuries ago, Columbus set sail on a Passage to India. The journey led him to the discovery of the Americas. Ever since, this country has been the great melting pot of cultures from around the world, attracting peoples from all races, colors, religions, and ethnicities. They have brought their talents along with their rich culture and heritage, with a dream to build their lives and legacies in this great nation.  Passage to India is a Celebration of our Cultures Combined – a celebration of freedom, democracy, discovery, expression, and the strength of diversity.

Passage to India began in 2007 and remains true to its original purpose – to raise funds for children with disabilities while maintaining a tradition of Indian culture and cuisine. Today, Passage to India has become a destination cultural event attracting participants from throughout the region as well as those from across the country and around the world.    Appropriately hosted in the nation’s heartland, Passage to India has become an iconic event led by the Asian-Indian community in central Illinois while engaging the support of a sizeable, dedicated and diverse team of volunteers.

The 8th Annual Passage to India will be held on Friday, May 2, 2014 in Peoria, Illinois. The day will begin with a Leadership Summit that will include global leaders from business, government, science, and the arts. The theme of this year’s Summit is “Innovation and Collaboration and will be held at the world-class Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center.

The Summit will be headlined by a diverse group of local, national and international leaders. Those confirmed include: Steve Wunning, Group President, Caterpillar Inc; Bharat Balasubramanian, Vice President (retired), Mercedes-Benz; Paul Nunes, Global Managing Director, Accenture Institute for High Performance; and Dr. John Vozenilek, Chief Medical Director, Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center.

The featured speaker is New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling co-author of Reverse Innovation, Vijay Govindarajan. Govindarajan is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on strategy and innovation. In the latest Thinkers 50 Rankings, he was ranked the #1 Indian Management Thinker.

Govindarajan, Professor of International Business at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, will be the recipient of the 2014 Passage to India - Banyan Tree Award in recognition of his lifetime accomplishments, significant achievements, and exemplary contributions in innovative and sustainable strategies for growth in global business. The Banyan Tree Award is named for the National Tree of India. It is a symbol of wisdom and its intricately linked roots and branches symbolize unity.

Passage to India will culminate that evening at the Peoria Civic Center with a reception followed by authentic Indian cuisine, culture, and entertainment as more than 1,000 guests will be treated to a glimpse into the spectacular wedding traditions of India.

Peoria and the central Illinois community is proud to be the destination for this premier cultural event celebrating Indian-American culture, promoting greater awareness and appreciation of our rich cultural diversity all while helping to advance the important work of Easter Seals in the lives of children with disabilities and their families.

2014 Highlights

View the highlights for the 2014 Easter Seals Passage to India event.

Monies Raised

From our start in 2007, each year we have raised an increasing amount of money for Easter Seals. Below is a list of monies raised by year:

2007 $25,000
2008 $50,000
2009 $70,000
2010 $106,000
2011 $160,000
2012 $250,000
2013 $500,000 +

Event Photos


If you would like to purchase Indian attire to wear that evening, please contact Silk Route at vbarora14@yahoo.com 20% of all sales will be donated to Easter Seals.

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