BURLINGTON, MA—If you are attending Woman of the Year Awards Gala today, here is a brief guide to plan your evening and what to expect. First, some basic information about the event:
The event will be held today, Friday, May 17, 2019 at Burlington Marriott Hotel in Burlington, MA. Registration starts at 5:30 pm. A detailed program is included towards the bottom of this article.
TICKETS: The event is completely sold out. There will be NO ticket sales at the registration desk. If you have not purchased or reserved your ticket directly or invited by someone who has purchased a table, we will not be able to accommodate you. When you come to the registration desk, please tell your last name or the person whose guest you are, we will tell you your table number.
SEATING: Since the program is jam packed and no seat is available, every attendee will be assigned a table. Please note that this a celebration of women’s achievement and honoring them, please enjoy whatever table you are assigned to and just enjoy. In that ball room, there will be no good or bad seats. Just think about 500 people celebrating accomplishments and contributions of Indian-American women.
TRAFFIC: The program will start on time and so please be punctual. Also, please note that there is a lot of traffic on Route 95 around 5:00 pm on Fridays. Thus, please give yourself plenty of extra time.
ENTERTAINMENT: In addition to award ceremony, please note that we will have two entertainment programs: (1) Jhoomar Group will kick off WOY 2019 awards gala with their powerful dance performance; (2) Boston Poetess and Artist Poppy Charnalia and Kathak Dancer Shelley Chhabra to Present Poetry-Dance Drama at the Woman of the Year Gala.
DRESS CODE: It is literally the Oscar night for New Englanders where fashion statements are made. Eastern or Western formal dress is fine.
Here is the tentative schedule of the program:
5:30 PM Registration
6:00 PM Cocktail hour starts
6:45 PM Doors open to grand ballroom
6:50—7: 00 PM Emcees Mandy Pant and Jharna Madan kick off the event
Welcome: Upendra Mishra, Publisher INDIA New England News
Dance by Jhoomar Group
Guest of Honor: Guest of Honor George Ruckert
Lifetime Achievement Award Introduction: Dr. Manju Sheth, WOY Director and Hostess of the Evening
Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Tara Anand
Poetry-Dance Drama: Boston Poetess and Artist Poppy Charnalia and Kathak Dancer Shelley Chhabra
Desh Deshpande introduces Chief Guest Jason Robins, CEO, DraftKings
Chief Guest and Keynote: Jason Robins, CEO, DraftKings
Honoring 20 Outstanding Women
9:15 PM: Dinner by Maya Indian Bar & Grill
9:40 PM: Introduction of Judges
Chief judge speaks and announces Woman of the Year 2019
10:00 PM: Celebration begins and dance floor opens with DJ Yogi.