It was another evening of inspirational talk as Compassionate Care Network (CCN) celebrated it third annual banquet on Saturday, Nov 20, 2010 at the Holiday Inn Northshore in Skokie, IL. The inspiration came from the stories and the sights of the phenomenal work being done by IMANA physicians in global medical relief missions presented by Dr. Imran Qureshi vice chair for IMANA Relief.
Islamic Medical Association of N America (IMANA) was honored at the event as the recipient of CCNâ€™s Ibn Sina Award for Humanitarian Service for its medical relief work. In presenting the award Dr. Badar Zaheer, a prominent CCN physician provider said, â€œFrom Haiti to Indonesia, Ghaza, Sudan, Bangla Desh and Pakistan, teams of dedicated IMANA physicians have volunteered, to travel on short notice, to the far corners of the world, to provide medical relief for people struck down by both natural and man made disasters. They have gone where few have gone in the service of fellow man, risking at times their own well being and their lives. We honor you for your services and for your sacrifices.â€ Dr. Zaheer also acknowledged the services of those IMANA physicians who are providing reconstructive surgeries in remote areas of Sudan and Bangla Desh, through an ongoing program aimed at restoring to normal, lives of children devastated by debilitating birth defects.
Earlier, Dr. Ayesha Sultana, MD, President of CCN welcomed the guests and discussed the work of CCN in providing access to affordable health care for the many uninsured in the community. Dr. Azher Quader, MD, Executive Director, presented the annual report with the data on health screenings and future direction the organization seeks to pursue. Dr. Mujahid Ghazi did fund raising for the group and Dr. M.Gafoor, MD, Vice President of CCN, provided concluding remarks and dua. Sana Gafoor, DO, was the eventâ€™s MC and Anas Shahzad started the evening with a recitation from the Quran.
Following a delicious dinner the guests were entertained to memorable tunes from Bollywood by popular singers Bhupendra Singh and Rama who kept the audience asking for more into the wee hours of the night.
CCN wishes to thank all who attended and contributed for the promotion of CCNâ€™s mission and work. CCN also wishes to express its gratitude to all its volunteers and its caring providers in the network who serve the underserved and the uninsured throughout the year. To join CCN as a volunteer or to enroll as a patient call 773 775-3600. To donate go to www.ccnchicago.com .
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