Chicago: As Indians all over the world celebrated their Independence Day on August 15, supporters of the Masti Group Charitable Organization (MGCO) organized their first Charity Cricket Tournament during the weekend.
The charity cricket tournament was a two-day fundraising event. Bhavik J. Pandya, president of MGCO, said that the event’s goals were two-fold: “The first being create awareness about the cancer in the community and second being to raise $5000 to support Canary Foundation’s early cancer detection research.” These goals were accomplished with the help of the energetic MGCO team, and support from the community and dedicated sponsors.
Alkesh Shah and Hemen Patel were recognized for their help in organizing this event.
The qualifying rounds for the cricket tournament were held on August 14. Eight teams from across Chicagoland played in the qualifying round, and four teams proceeded to semifinals. On August 15, two semifinals and a final were played to win the honor of MGCO Cricket Tournament champion. Each of the teams showed great dedication to the MGCO’s fight to eradicate cancer. Over two days, more than 200 people came out and enjoyed the game of cricket in support of the good cause!
Ashley Carlson, a representative from American Cancer Society, was the keynote speaker during the half time of the final game. She spoke of cancer prevention and healthy living. Throughout the day, the guests enjoyed Indian snacks at the MGCO’s food fair as they watched cricket and heard live play-by-play commentary.
Larry Hartwig, Mayor of the Village of Addison, was the chief guest and attended the event during the final match between the Patriots team and Vijay CC. Hartwig commended MGCO’s drive and commitment to their community.
Earlier, Team Vijay CC defeated Analp XI, and Masti Group’s very own team, Payal XI, on their way to the final, and won the champion ship.
Vijay CC was awarded the winning trophy by Hartwig. Amit Padhiyar, also from team Vijay, was awarded the “Man of the Series” trophy by Minaben Patel, a cancer survivor from the MGCO family.