On November 8, 2019, SIUT North America held a successful Fundraising Gala in Houston, Texas which was attended by more than 600 people. Participants included community leaders, doctors, businessmen, professionals and followers of Dr. Adibul Hasan Rizvi. The gala featured the renowned TV personality of Pakistan, Mr. Anwar Maqsood as Special Guest who came all the way from Pakistan to participate. S. Javaid Anwar, well-known Pakistani American philanthropist, businessman and CEO of Midland Energy was the Chief Guest at this occasion. Mr. Saeed Sheikh, Member Organizing Committee, started the program with a recitation of the Holy Quran. National anthems of both countries were followed by a special video message from Dr. Adib Rizvi. Mr. Haroon Shaikh, Gala Chair and Vice President of SIUT NA, gave the welcome address and thanked special guest and the chief guest of the gala. He also gave an overview of financial transparency being observed in SIUT NA. In her address, Dr. Fatima Sayeed, President of SIUT NA briefly described SIUT NA’s history and highlighted its role in extending help to SIUT Pakistan. Dr. Barkat Charania, member Board of Directors SIUT NA, gave a detailed presentation on the operations and achievements of SIUT Pakistan and SIUT NA.
After the presentation, Dr. Asaf Qadeer, member Organizing Committee and renowned physician, introduced Chief Guest S. Javaid Anwar and invited him to speak. S. Javaid Anwar looked back upon his past and recalled his student life spent in Karachi. He appreciated the efforts being made at SIUT Pakistan to provide healthcare to needy patients free of cost. He announced to donate a considerable amount for SIUT and pledged to continue his support in future. Fundraising followed Mr. Anwar’s speech and people donated generously to SIUT.
After dinner, Mr. Ghazanfar Hashmi, Member Organizing Committee, formally introduced Mr. Anwar Maqsood and invited him on stage. The audience was thoroughly entertained by their favorite artist, poet and writer, who paid homage to Dr. Adib Rizvi and appreciated his services for humanity. With his special knack of creating humor, satire and comedy, Mr. Anwar Maqsood kept the audience captivated throughout his performance.
In closing, Mr. Salman Razzaqi, Member Organizing Committee thanked supporters, sponsors and friends of SIUT NA and the organizing committee presented plaques to the Chief Guest and Special Guest.