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posted: 7/11/2012 11:10 AM

Arlington Hts.-based children's foundation turns 10

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  • Dr. Geetha Yeruva, co-founder of FCN, is with Mary Jo Pederson at the anniversary celebration at St. James Catholic Church in Arlington Heights.

      Dr. Geetha Yeruva, co-founder of FCN, is with Mary Jo Pederson at the anniversary celebration at St. James Catholic Church in Arlington Heights.
    Courtesy FCN

  • Most Rev. George Rassas, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago and Most Rev. Gali Bali, bishop of Guntur, India, were celebrants of a Mass at St. James Catholic Church in Arlington Heights to mark FCN's 10th anniversary.

      Most Rev. George Rassas, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago and Most Rev. Gali Bali, bishop of Guntur, India, were celebrants of a Mass at St. James Catholic Church in Arlington Heights to mark FCN's 10th anniversary.
    Courtesy FCN

  • Dr. Geetha Yeruva, co-founder of FCN, stands with an anniversary poster at St. James Catholic Church in Arlington Heights.

      Dr. Geetha Yeruva, co-founder of FCN, stands with an anniversary poster at St. James Catholic Church in Arlington Heights.
    Courtesy FCN

  • Students of Mudra Dance Academy of Palatine perform Bhartanatyam dance at the FCN 10th anniversary ceremony at St. James Catholic Church in Arlington Heights.

      Students of Mudra Dance Academy of Palatine perform Bhartanatyam dance at the FCN 10th anniversary ceremony at St. James Catholic Church in Arlington Heights.
    Courtesy FCN

 
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The Foundation for Children in Need, a not-for-profit organization aiding 2,000 children and college students in the villages of India, celebrated its 10th anniversary in late June at St. James Parish in Arlington Heights, a church community with which it has close ties.

The Arlington Heights-based foundation's co-founders, Dr. Geetha Yeruva and her husband, Tom Chitta split their time between fundraising in the United States and working in India, using St. James as a base for their U.S. travels.

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Guests included the Most Rev. George Rassas, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago, and the Most Rev. Gali Bali, bishop of Guntur, India, who co-celebrated a Mass that was followed by a reception and dinner. Nearly 300 people joined in the festivities.

Rassas admired the support given FCN by the Rev. Bill Zavaski, pastor of St. James, along with the many sponsors who attended the event, who support individuals in India through FCN. Bali lauded the commitment of FCN to the education of needy children in India.

Zavaski praised the hard work of Yeruva and Chitta, pointing out that St. James Parish is richly blessed by their presence and commitment to the poor.

Jo Anne Mullen-Muhr, board chair of FCN, shared insights from her visit to India where she saw firsthand the impact and importance of the work of FCN.

Yeruva and Chitta thanked everyone for their support.

Visit fcn-usa.org for more information.

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