Enormous Community Support Given to the Amir Khan Foundation's First Community Awareness and Fundraising Dinner in Chicago, Illinois

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Enormous Community Support Given to the Amir Khan Foundation's First Community Awareness and Fundraising Dinner in Chicago, Illinois


Byline: Suresh Bodiwala

Bringing opportunity for a better future

"Amir Khan Foundation's Mission: To provide poverty relief across the globe by offering water solutions, organizing mass feedings, supporting orphan care and providing emergency food and medical aid".

Chicago IL: The Amir Khan Foundation's First Community Awareness and Fundraising Dinner was held on Saturday, December 10th, 2016 at Shalimar Banquets, 280 West North Avenue, IL. Amir's supporters and donors braved the city's first major snow storm to participate in this noble cause. The event was attended by over 200 people that included dignitaries, community leaders, supporters and fans. The Chicago community was not shy to show their support for this worthy cause, raising over $73,000 to raise funds for clean water projects in Pakistan and Africa.

During social hour, attendees mingled, enjoyed hors d'oeuvres, and browsed through a selection of unique vendors. The program began with the Master of Ceremonies, Arshia Hasnain, who welcomed and thanked all the guests. She told them that without their generous support this evening would not have been possible. Arshia reminded everyone that their donations were 100% tax-deductible and would give the world's most vulnerable children the clean water they desperately need to survive and stay healthy.

A beautiful recitation of the Quran was conducted by Hasan Najfi.

Then, famous Olympian and World Champion Amir Khan made an electric entrance to his theme song "Amir King Khan" and video presentation showcasing all the work The Amir Khan Foundation is doing. The crowd stood up, cheering loudly, and welcomed the boxer into the hall. The honorable Consul General of Pakistan, Faisal Niaz Tirmizi. Mr Tirmizi spoke and was very generous with his compliments. He said that we were all very proud of how Amir Khan tries to emulate and follow the word and wisdom of Quaid e Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah. He also stated that Amir Khan has achieved a glowing reputation not only as world class boxing champion but also committing his life and energy for the welfare of poor people, especially children of Pakistan. The Consul General welcomed and congratulated Amir Khan for making his first trip to Chicago for the fundraiser for his foundation.

A Question & Answer session with Amir Khan was conducted by Mr. Rizwan Malik, a close friend and co- founder of the Foundation. This interactive session with the crowd was very much appreciated as it was engaging and intimate. Mr. Rizwan Malik, briefly outlined history of The Amir Khan Foundation. Here are two of the question that were asked of Amir Khan -

Question: What was the best time of your boxing career?

Answer: First one is at the age of 17 in Olympic game he won gold medal and become Britain's youngest boxing medalist. Second is youngest professional boxers to win a World Title at the age of 22.

Question: If boxing was not in the cards, what other career might you have chosen and why?

Answer: Every child should be encouraged to follow their dream. …

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