January 31, 2024
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If you believe in once in a lifetime opportunity, TNF50 will be one such that you don't want to miss. As we celebrate the 50 years of legacy built and thousands of lives touched, many and many volunteers in Chicago and across the world are working hard to finalize the details. It takes a village, they say. Such an enormous task of organizing a three day event inn a theatre of 4500 capacity and a stage that can hold 150 to 200 participants needs a lot more hands that we have.

Whether it is offering your time to help or to showcase your skill on the grandeur stage or be a spectator and enjoy the celebration - We want you to act now!

Visit our website to register as a volunteer or a participant or buy tickets/donate. There is no better day & time than NOW!
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In this edition...

We invite you! - President's Remarks 
Know your board member
TNF flood relief reaches humans & cattle
Who says all work & no play makes only Jack...
10th graders receive exam preparation study materials
Essay writing, Elocution & Sports competitions held

Educational Scholarships - January 2024 Update
Bay Area youth reaches beyond zoom
Welcome New Members

Support upcoming local chapter events
Thanks to our partners

Become a TNF Golden Jubilee Member
Follow TNF on social media

More than 50 committees need your help to make TNF50, a grand success. Interested? 
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Monthly Project Highlight!


TNF Youth & Young Professionals committee invites applications with an idea/project to make a difference, from TNF summer interns. Winners receive a grant of $500 to $1500 and get to lead the implementation of the idea/project.

President's Remarks

Hello Everyone,

I hope this message finds you in good spirits. We are thrilled to extend an invitation to you for the upcoming Tamil Nadu Foundation Golden Jubilee Celebration, which promises to be a transformative and enthralling experience.  

We truly desire your gracious presence at the event.  

Event Details 

Event :  Tamil Nadu Foundation Golden Jubilee Celebration  

Date: 24th, 25th  and 26th May, 2024 

Location: Rosemont Theatre, Rosemont IL

Event Goals

    To raise funds to support the following:
  • Efficiencies Revolutionized: Breakthroughs in administrative costs and operational efficiencies.
  • Ignite TNF: Inspire and engage the next generation. 
  • Empower Tamil Nadu: Project expansions for sustainable growth. 

Event Highlights: 

Entrepreneurs Forum: Gain insights from industry leaders. 

Eegai - A Symphony by Dr Kanniks Kannikeswaran: Experience a captivating musical performance. 

Tamil Isai: A Grand Musical by the one and only, Isai Gnani Ilayaraja. 

Nagaichuvai: Immerse in the art of storytelling. 

Fusion Dance: Witness a spectacular fusion of dance forms. 

Therukoothu: A folk performance aiming to create a Guinness world record

Village Cooking: A Youtube Fame team entertainment

                           And much more... 

For more information regarding the event, please visit our website https://tnfusa.org/.  

We look forward to celebrating this special occasion with you and appreciate your support in making this event a success. 

Thank you,
Veera Venugopal
President - TNF


எல்லோரும் வாங்க! எங்களோடு வாங்க!

Know your board member!

  Serving as the TNF Joint Secretary, Meena Natesan has always been very passionate in helping & serving her community. She has held various board positions in the local school district, and is also an active fundraising volunteer at the local temple. She has organized and led  many virtual and in-person fundraising events, including charity auctions and galas. She has been involved with TNF for the past 8 years and currently serves as the Chairperson for the Bay Area chapter. She also started and running the Youth Online Exchange Program (YOX), in the Bay Area, supporting the children of Anvarthikanpet in Tamil Nadu.
She believes in engaging the youth in TNF’s mission, and has initiated various chapter events to do so. In addition to working full time as a clinical dietitian, she loves to listen to Carnatic music and watch basketball in her free time. Go Warriors!

TNF flood relief at Thoothukudi reaches people & cattle

Soon after cyclone Michaung impacted Chennai, Kanchipuram and Chengalpattu districts badly, heavy rains impacted Thoothukudi district. TNF swung into action to distribute flood relief materials to 1590 families consisting of dry provision, bedsheets and towel.

As the need arose in Thoothukudi district, 500 single burner stoves and 500 MT of dry cattle feed to the families affected by floods were distributed in Alwarthirunagari. 

Who says all work & no play makes only Jack, a dull boy?

Correct, ABC students are no exception when it comes to doing hard work and not able to play. 

PT4U project aims to help ABC students get active through physical education, thus reducing stress and improve fitness/mental health. As part of the project, sports material were distributed to students of S.C.G Higher Secondary School, Amaravathypudur, Sivagangai district.

10th graders receive exam preparation study materials

A total of 122 students across 3 ABC schools in Cuddalore district, who are getting ready for their 10th standard public examination benefit from Chicago chapter's support in providing a printed copy of exam preparation material. The content was published by Department of Education on its website for student's benefit, but these students don't have access to internet. 

Essay writing, Elocution & Sports competitions held

Students of two schools, namely, SSN Government Model Girls Higher Secondary School, Kommadikottai & Government Higher Secondary School, Kombankulam in Thoothukudi district participated in several competitions ranging from Kabadi, Volley ball to Elocution and Essay writing. These events were supported under PSK Rajarathnam Memorial Educational project. Mr Jeyaprakash, a family member of the donor family distributed the prizes to the first three place winners. A total of 116 students received participation certificates.

Educational Scholarships - January 2024 update

During the month, 27 students received scholarships totaling an amount of ₹ 2,26,500/-.
Description # of Beneficiaries Scholarship Amount
(in Rupees)

VTK Memorial Educational Scholarship 9 ₹ 55,000.00
Manickam & Padmavathy Educational Scholarship 3 ₹ 47,500.00
Dr. Ramadas Abboy Memorial Educational Scholarship 10 ₹ 1,14,000.00
Thondamuthur Boys Higher Secondary School Scholarship Project 5 ₹ 10,000.00
  27 ₹ 2,26,500.00

Bay Area youth reaches beyond zoom

Shreya Viswanathan, an ardent YOX (Youth Online eXchange) volunteer has expanded her efforts to make a difference beyond the zoom sessions where she engaged in helping ABC students develop English language skills and soft skills. During her visit to Anvarthikhanpet School in December 2022, she met the students in-person when she discovered the students' pressing needs such as lack of pure drinking water and insufficient toilet facilities. 
Upon returning home, Shreya was determined to change what she saw for good. As part of Youth LOVES program's Serve with Skills, Shreya leveraged her Solo Dance Debut (Bharatanatyam Arangetram) to raise $4684 from her guests in lieu of gifts that she directed towards enhancing the School's infrastructure.

The TNF USA Board along with Youth & Young Professional committee congratulates Shreya for stepping up and making a difference voluntarily. She hopes to continue her efforts with an ongoing initiative to support underprivileged students across the world by creating a positive change through education. 

Welcome New Members!

Thank you & welcome new members to TNF's 50 year Legacy! 
(In honor of each new TNF member, college prep books will be donated to a student in need)

Karthkeshwari & Pradeep, Brookfield, WI
Minor Vellapandi & Krishnaveni, Buffalo Grove, IL
Radha & B Thiyagarajan, Bethlehem, PA
Ravi & Preya, Overland Park, KS
Ravikumar & Vinopriya, Buffalo Grove, IL
Sakthivel & Subapriya, Weston, FL
Somasundaram, Prospect Hts., IL
Vairavan & Kannamma, Germantown, WI
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