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Get ready to be transported to a world of enchantment and artistic brilliance! We extend a heartfelt invitation to you for our upcoming fundraising theater recital, a captivating collaboration between Amudhasri Dance School and Ascend Jiva Media, scheduled to grace the stage on December 2, 2023, at Ashland High School, MA.

Here's why you won't want to miss this magical evening: 

An Evening of Cultural Elegance: Prepare to be captivated by the graceful movements and expressions of the talented performers from Amudhasri Dance School. This year's recital promises to be a feast for the senses, featuring a diverse array of dance forms, from classical Indian to contemporary fusion.

Supporting a Noble Cause: In the spirit of giving, all proceeds from this event will be dedicated to the SRI SIDDHI VINAYAKA DEVASTHAN 501C ORGANIZATION. Your attendance and support contribute directly to the betterment of our community, enabling us to undertake meaningful initiatives that enhance the lives of those in need.

Special Guests and Distinguished Speakers: 

We are thrilled to welcome a lineup of distinguished speakers and special guests who will add immense value to our event:

·       Diana DiZoglio from the Massachusetts State House: As a prominent figure in Massachusetts politics, Diana brings a wealth of experience and insights. Her presence is a testament to our commitment to transparency and accountability.

·       Robert Lancia from the State of Rhode Island: With a remarkable record of public service, Robert's perspective on governance and community engagement will undoubtedly enlighten our audience.

·       Ranjani Saigal, Executive Director of Ekal Vidyalaya: A trailblazer in education and community development, Ranjani's visionary leadership aligns with our mission of making a positive impact.

·       Meena Bharath, Chair of the Massachusetts Asian American and Pacific Islanders Commission: An influential leader dedicated to education and community service, Meena's presence enriches our celebration of cultural heritage.

Each of our special guests and distinguished speakers brings a unique perspective, and we look forward to the inspiration and insights they will share with us. Additionally, we will have the honor of recognizing outstanding students, presenting awards for their remarkable contributions to our community. It promises to be an evening filled with wisdom, celebration, and inspiration.

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A Melody of Giving: Join Us for an Evening of Dance and Philanthropy 

Ascend Jiva's Commitment: Ascend Jiva encourages all to join us at this complimentary fundraising event—an opportunity to unite, give back, and celebrate our shared spirit of community. Ascend Jiva, in collaboration with Amudhasri Dance School, is dedicated to fostering a sense of community, cultural richness, and philanthropy. We believe in the transformative power of the arts and their ability to bring people together for a common cause. Through this event, we aim to bridge diverse cultures, enhance community connections, and contribute to the artistic expressions that make life infinitely beautiful.

Save the Date: Mark your calendars for December 2, 2023, as we come together for a night of celebration and giving. The event is set to commence at 2:00 pm, with the award ceremony and guest felicitation from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. We understand the importance of your time, and your presence for any duration would be greatly appreciated.

Join Us in Making a Difference: This event is not just a performance; it's an opportunity to join hands in supporting a noble cause. Let's come together, celebrate our rich cultural heritage, and make a meaningful contribution to our community.

Through a series of heartfelt speeches, commendations, and testimonials, the VFS Award Ceremony became a celebration of the spirit of giving, service, and compassion. The event served as a reminder of the immense value brought by the volunteers to the lives of seniors and the community at large.

One of the seniors remarked, "I am immensely grateful for the exceptional work done by VFS and the volunteers, particularly Pratima and Akhila. They have truly transformed the lives of our seniors and have been a ray of hope and joy for them."

Another testimonial expressed, " I'm deeply grateful for all they've done and my faith in humankind has been renewed after having the pleasure of meeting such terrific human beings! I'd thought people with heart had become extinct in our society but No!  Volunteering For Seniors, Inc. has Old World Values & Ethics!  I hope I'll see these folks again sometime. Thank you So Very Much for all the help!!!."

Reflecting on the event, the founder of VFS, Pratima Penumurthy expressed, "The speech by one of our seniors, Santha Narayanmurthy, touched my heart profoundly. Her powerful words, encouraging all seniors to embrace happiness and fearlessness, were incredibly inspiring. It is a poignant reminder of the wisdom that accompanies age and the significance of approaching life with joy and bravery. Her heartfelt message will remain etched in my memory, serving as a constant source of inspiration."

Echoes of Empathy: Keynote Speakers at the Volunteering for Seniors' Award Ceremony


The spirit of generosity and community service resonated at the heart of the recent Volunteering for Seniors' Award Ceremony, where individuals committed to making a difference in the lives of older adults were acknowledged and honored. This event, a testament to the power of selflessness, brought together a gathering of dedicated individuals, with two prominent figures, Susan Nicholl and Connor Degan, gracing the stage as keynote speakers.

Susan Nicholl stands as a beacon of inspiration in the sphere of senior care and advocacy. Her tireless efforts and remarkable achievements in fostering meaningful connections between the esteemed Senate President, Senator Spilka, and the diverse communities within our Senatorial District have been truly commendable. Her work transcends mere service; it's a testament to the power of building bridges between residents, nonprofits, businesses, and municipal officials in the vibrant communities of Ashland, Framingham, Hopkinton, Holliston, Medway, and Natick.

Nicholl's dedication to creating an inclusive and supportive environment for seniors echoes her profound understanding of the significance of community connections. Her commitment to enriching the lives of the elderly through various initiatives and partnerships is a testament to her unwavering passion for public service and community welfare.

Connor Degan, a dedicated public servant, and a proud resident of Hopkinton, embodies the true essence of community service and support for seniors. His tenure as the elected town clerk since 2016 has been marked by his unwavering commitment to the community and his fervent desire to assist others.

Degan's deep-rooted knowledge of the community, coupled with his passionate drive to aid those in need, has played a pivotal role in advancing the well-being of seniors. His strong commitment to community service has been a guiding light in fostering an environment where the elderly feel supported and valued.

Embracing Selflessness: Honoring Service at the Volunteering for Seniors' Award Ceremony

In a heartwarming celebration of compassion and selflessness, the Volunteering for Seniors' Award Ceremony shone a spotlight on those whose dedication has significantly impacted the lives of our elderly community. The event not only honored the tireless efforts of these remarkable individuals but also provided a platform to acknowledge their exceptional service. Among the exceptional volunteers recognized at the ceremony, a myriad of names stood out, symbolizing the epitome of commitment and empathy towards the elderly.

  • Caring Citizen Award: Manju Sheth

  • Youth Volunteer of the Year: Neil Dutta

  • Outstanding Volunteer Achievement Award: Akhila Penumarthy

  • Helping Hands Award: Java & Hetal Joshi and Razia Mashkoor

  • Community Spirit Award: Meena Bharat and Manisha Jain

  • Dedication and Service Award: Rahul Rajendran

  • Outstanding Service Recognition Awards: Several individuals were honored with the 'Outstanding Service Recognition Awards' for their exemplary dedication and commitment to senior care. Janaki Mohan, Manisha Parmar, Geena Virmani, Sonali Doshi, Geeta Jakkaraju, and Anjana Chennagiri were acknowledged for their outstanding service and selfless contributions.

  • Volunteer of the Year: Swapna Kari from (PA) and Ekta Jain

  • Power Team Awards: Rashi Joseph and Arpita Shah

The Volunteering for Seniors' Award Ceremony not only recognized exceptional individuals but also highlighted the profound impact that dedicated volunteers can have on the lives of the elderly. Their unwavering commitment and selfless service continue to inspire and uplift communities, creating a better, more compassionate world for our seniors.

Charting a Path of Compassion: Insights from Founder Pratima Penumurthy of 'Volunteering for Seniors

"Together, we founded 'Volunteering for Seniors,' an organization dedicated to helping seniors lead active, fulfilling lives," shared founder Pratima Penumurthy. Her impassioned speech illuminated the organization's core mission, emphasizing the creation of a bridge between seniors and a vibrant, engaging world. The goal was clear: to ensure that the lives of seniors remained enriched and active, fostering a sense of belonging and happiness within their community.

The founder's vision for VFS was resolute—a world where seniors could actively participate in a diverse range of activities, from engaging events, informative workshops, and lively dances to capturing cherished moments through photo shoots and focusing on holistic well-being through health fairs. Pratima Penumurthy's speech encapsulated the essence of VFS's commitment to enhancing the lives of the elderly, creating opportunities for them to embrace an enriched and fulfilling lifestyle.

The event ended with a renewed sense of appreciation for the unwavering dedication of VFS and its volunteers, leaving a lasting impression of gratitude and admiration for their exceptional service.

Empowering Seniors: Commending Volunteering for Seniors and Ascend Jiva's Appreciation

VFS has become a source of inspiration within the community, setting an example of how small acts of kindness and service can create a substantial and meaningful impact. Mrs. Pratima Penumurthy’s leadership has been instrumental in shaping an organization that is not just a service provider but a family that nurtures and supports our senior members.

In conclusion, the establishment of Volunteering for Seniors (VFS) under the guidance of Mrs. Pratima Penumurthy serves as a remarkable testament to the power of compassion and service. This non-profit organization has become a cornerstone of support and care for the senior community, enriching lives and fostering a sense of belonging and happiness among our elderly. 

Ascend Jiva extends its congratulations to Mrs. Pratima Penumurthy and Mr. Rama Penumurthy, the pillars of this non-profit organization. Their dedication has transformed this organization into a vital support system for the senior community, enhancing well-being and nurturing a feeling of unity and joy among the elderly.

VFS is dedicated to improving the lives of seniors in our community, helping them stay energetic, reduce loneliness and isolation, and to be active participants in our lives. Your contribution today will make a difference for all our seniors!

Ascend Jiva Media Channel is a transformative and enlightening platform curated by the visionary Aashita Shekhar. Its mission is to serve as a beacon of inspiration and spiritual enlightenment, offering a dynamic range of content that empowers individuals to elevate their consciousness and embark on a profound journey of self-discovery.

Ascend Jiva Media Channel also distinguishes itself with its engaging reviews of movies, events and documentaries that are not just entertaining, but also have the power to uplift and transform. These reviews offer a unique perspective, highlighting the underlying spiritual and consciousness-expanding themes within these cinematic works. It serves as a guide for viewers seeking not only entertainment but also enlightenment through their choice of media

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