2018 FOICR Fall Festival Brochure

posted Nov 1, 2018, 6:54 AM by Foicr Usa

Please find the 2018 Fall Festival Brochure attached below.


posted Aug 7, 2018, 2:32 PM by Foicr Usa

Dear Friends,

FOICR is pleased to invite you to attend India's Independence Day Celebrations.

Please join us in our FUNtastic outdoor gathering and take part in the fun activities for all ages. 

When: Saturday, Aug 18th, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where:  Squaw Creek Park, 4305 Squaw Ln, Marion, IA 52302

Flag Hoisting: 12:00 PM

followed by Lunch at 12:30 PM

If you or your kids want to say few words about Independence day and its history, please send your name in an email to

Ticket prices:

 Admission is free for Gold members (RSVP is required).

 Ticket Prices for non-Gold Members :   

 Family/Individual/Life Members   - $5 each
 Non-FOICR-Members : $10 each

There is no fee for Kids under 10 years of age.

See you all at Squaw Creek Park for India's Independence Day Celebrations!!!

2018 FOICR Spring Festival Brochure

posted May 3, 2018, 7:13 AM by Foicr Usa   [ updated May 3, 2018, 7:14 AM ]

Please find the 2018 Spring Festival Brochure attached below.

FOICR Spring Festival 2018

posted Apr 19, 2018, 7:56 AM by Foicr Usa

FOICR Spring Festival 2018

  • HostFriends Of India Association
  • Phone319-481-3642
  • WhenSaturday, May 5 at 3:30 PM
  • WhereHarding Middle School
    4801 Golf St NE
    Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

Message From Host:

Dear Friends:

We welcome you and your family to the Spring Festival 2018 for fun-filled evening!

Join us and enjoy the programs which will have dance, music, skit and much more followed by dinner.   

Program Schedule:

  • 3:30 PM – 4: 45 PM – Social & Snacks
  • 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Programs
  • 8:00 PM – Dinner

Ticket prices:

Admission is free for Gold members (RSVP is required).

Ticket Prices for non-Gold Members :  Until 05/02/18 (Wednesday):

  • Family/Individual/Life Members - Adults  $12
  • Family/Individual/Life Members - Kids ages 5 - 15: $8
  • Non-FOICR-Members (adults & kids): $15

Ticket Prices for non-Gold Members : From 05/03/2018:

  • Family/Individual/Life Members (Adults & kids): $15
  • Non-FOICR-Members (adults & kids): $20

There is no fee for Kids under 5 years of age.

Please RSVP and purchase the tickets by 05/02/2018 to help us plan the event better. 

Tickets can be purchased from EC Members below:

  • Himanshu Bhushan
  • Jyothi Akurathi
  • Naveen K. Somaiah
  • Prashant Paranjape
  • Parvath Reddy
  • Nanda Rajagopal
  • Vivek Joshi
  • Veena Katragadda
  • Ashly Murali
  • Suresh Kumar
  • Chiranjeevi Aradhya
  • Amit Suri

If you are not a member of FOICR, we request you to consider joining to show your support for FOICR.

FOICR Indoor Sports 2018

posted Mar 12, 2018, 8:59 AM by Foicr Usa   [ updated Mar 23, 2018, 1:01 PM ]

Dear Friends,

Friends of India would like to invite you all to the “Annual Indoor Sports day 2018".  Come, play & compete with some great talents within our community.

It will be a fun-filled family event where men, women, and children of all ages can participate, showcase their skills & win exciting prizes/trophies.

When:  11-30 AM to 4-30 PM, Saturday April 7th 2018

Where: New Life Community Church, 275 West 29th Ave, Marion, IA 52302

What:   Chess, Table Tennis, Carrom, Wii Tennis, Foosball, Skipping (for kids), Fill the Bucket and Dartboard

Entry fee: Free for Gold Members, $5 for all other FOICR members, $10.00 for each non-member kids & $15.00 for Non-member Adults. Fee includes pizza and pop.

In addition to above games, there will be fun activities. Age groups for each event will be decided based on the number of participants and their age.

If you would like to participate, complete this Entry Form Online .

Reply by:  March 31st 2018.

FOICR Table Tennis 2018 (Competitive): 

If you like to play in competitive Table tennis, complete this  Table Tennis Entry Form Online .

We are Looking forward to your Enthusiastic Participation! Let’s play hard and have fun!!

Note: FOICR EC reserves the right to change/cancel or limit number of entries for a game.

Thank you,
Executive Committee


posted Jan 20, 2018, 4:41 AM by Friends of India Cedar Rapids - FOICR   [ updated Jan 20, 2018, 4:42 AM ]

FOICR Executive Committee is pleased to invite you to attend the 69th Republic Day of India celebrations.  Please accept the invitations at

When - SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, 2018

Where - Echo Hill Church, 9000 C Ave NE, Marion, IA 52302

Program details are as follows

  • Social Hour & Snacks : 3:30PM to 5:00PM 
  • Cultural Programs  : 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Dinner : 7:00 PM to 8.30PM 

Please utilize this occasion as an opportunity to renew your membership or become new member and support FOICR organization grow bigger to serve the community better. Membership details can be found at  Please bring cash or check towards membership fee.

We highly encourage you to become Gold member this year. If for some reason, you chose not to take FOICR membership, then you will be asked to pay $10 fee for the event.

Please join us and make the event a grand success.

Please RSVP by 01/24/2018 in order to plan better.

FOICR Executive Committee

Friends of India Association, Cedar Rapids, IA

FOICR Membership 2018

posted Dec 29, 2017, 6:45 PM by Friends of India Cedar Rapids - FOICR   [ updated Dec 30, 2017, 7:36 AM ]

Wish you all a very Happy Holiday season!

                               It’s time to renew or join FOICR membership for 2018. We are looking for your support so that FOICR can continue to grow and organize not only cultural entertainment and educational programs but also conduct sports activities for the benefits of our community .  

                     We are excited to announce additional benefits to Gold members this year. Gold Membership or newly added Individual Gold membership will be all inclusive package this year which includes FREE entry to all FOICR proposed events* for the entire year of 2018. We hope that you will grab this opportunity and participate in all the FOICR sponsored events this year. This will be win-win situation for all of us.

                The FOICR Executive Committee (EC) is pleased to confirm membership pricing details for 2018 as below:

Full Year (2018): Current & New Members

Membership Type

Annual Membership Fee

Life (One Time)








Individual Gold**


2018 Fee for the Balvikas Program

Membership Type

Per Child

2 or more children in one family




* FOICR EC Committee for 2018 propose to conduct the following events this year

  1. Republic Day Function

  2. Indoor Sports Day

  3. Spring Festival

  4. India’s Independence Day

  5. Fall Festival

  6. Children's Day and GBM

  7. Badminton League

  8. FOICR Cricket Tournament  

FOICR executive committee reserves the right to cancel any event at its discretion.

** Individual Gold is the new Membership Type for 2018.

For additional details on membership, please contact any of the 2018 FOICR EC members or visit

If you have any question then please reach out to EC Members or contact us at

Children’s Day celebration and Annual General Body Meeting (GBM).

posted Nov 21, 2017, 8:20 AM by Foicr Usa

FOICR invites you and your family to the Children’s Day celebration and Annual General Body Meeting (GBM). 

During Children's day event, Balvikas kids will be awarded with certificates and we are planning fun activities for the kids. Details to follow.

During GBM, members will elect the 2018 Executive Committee & the Board of Directors, you get to know all the financial details and other activities/ events we have been doing through out the year.
When:  Sunday, Dec 3rd 
           3:00 - 4:00 PM - GBM & EC/BoD Election

           4:00 - 5:00 PM - Snacks (Free for all kids and member adults. $5/person for Non-member adults) 
           5:00 PM - 6:00PM - Awarding Certificates and Wrap up.

Where: New Life Community Church
           275 29th Ave, Marion, IA 52302
Entrance Fee Entrace will be free for all. Non-members adults pay $5/person for Snacks only. FREE for all kids (age 18 and under)

FOICR Fall Festival 2017

posted Oct 1, 2017, 3:04 PM by Friends of India Cedar Rapids - FOICR   [ updated Dec 8, 2017, 2:20 PM ]

Dear Friends,

FOICR Executive committee is pleased to announce that the FOICR Fall Festival 2017 is now scheduled for Saturday, November 4th at Wilson Middle School in Cedar Rapids.


We welcome you and your family to the Fall Festival 2017, an event full of unbounded fun!

Join us for sumptuous dinner of Indian Cuisine and enjoy the programs which include dance, music, skit and much more!!   

Program Schedule:

  • 4.00 PM – 5: 00 PM – Social & Snacks
  • 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM – Programs
  • 7:30 PM – Dinner

Food catered by: Taste of India restaurant, Cedar Rapids

Ticket prices:

Before 11/04/17:

  • Members (adults): $12
  • Member kids ages 5 - 15: $8
  • Non-members (adults & kids): $15

On 11/04/17:

  • Members (adults & kids): $15
  • Non-members (adults & kids): $20

Admission is free for kids under age 5 and gold members (RSVP required).

Please RSVP and purchase the tickets by 10/29/2017 (Sunday) to help us plan the event better. 

Tickets can be purchased by contacting any of the EC members below:

  • Amit Suri 
  • Prathap Thotapalle
  • Girish Kulkarni
  • Himanshu Bhushan
  • Vighneshwar Gadde
  • Sreenivasa Vanavasam
  • Sudin Huddar
  • Mini Das
  • Jawahar Thangavelu
  • Ramesh Babu Thota
  • Tanesh Revankar
  • Priyanka Govindaram
  • Siva Gopalam

For updates and details, please visit our website at closer to the program date.

If you are not a member of FOICR, we request you to consider joining to show your support for FOICR.


FOICR Fall Blood drive

posted Sep 29, 2017, 5:13 AM by Foicr Usa   [ updated Sep 29, 2017, 5:16 AM ]

FOICR Fall Blood drive
When:   From 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM Saturday, October 14th 2017
Where: Hindu Temple of Eastern Iowa, Address: 1700 Naoma Drive Cedar Rapids Iowa - 52404

Friends of India in Cedar Rapids (FOICR) since 2012 has hosted 11 blood drives with Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC). Over that period of time FOICR donors have donated a total of 127 units of blood. Since each unit can be processed into four separate blood products that can go to four different patients FOICR donors have helped up to 508 patients in local hospitals. This is a huge contribution to MVRBC’s mission to maintain a steady blood supply in our community’s medical facilities. 

This noble cause has greatly helped to save many lives and it is great opportunity for our community members to continue that tradition.

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