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Kedar Naphade
Aniruddha Potnis
Sachin Prabhudesai
Pramod Kotwal
Ravi Menon 
Renuka Adiraju
P. Swaminathan
Ramesh Desai

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Festival Chair
Mukund Kute

Volunteering at Philly Ganesh Festival
Namaste Friends ! Ganapati Bappa Moraya !!
Please join our team of selfless volunteers who see Lord Ganesh in each devotee visiting this festival, and serve HIM selflessly. Sewa is an ultimate Dharma! Perform a sewa and set a shining example for your children & impart SewaSamskara on them.

Are you new in our community? Do you want to instill good values in your kids? Join in, have no worries, we will train & mentor you! Take the first step by signing up for interesting Sewa options at various committees below, Once in, with HIS divine grace, you will experience the joy of sewa year after year.  We welcome volunteers of age 13 & above. For any questions, please drop a line to Core team at pgfcoreteam@gmail.com

2024 Festival's Core Team

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Rajesh Tambe
PGF Core Team

Raja Gali
PGF Core Team

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Praful Patel
Prasanna Jog
Vinod Bhagdwal
Jatin Patel
Milind Satam
Girish Patwardhan

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Dr. Neelima Kute
Dr. Babu Medi
Darshan Bhatt

 

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Vivek Inamdar
 

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Cleaning Committee
Cleanliness leads to AtmaShuddhi ! Keeping our Temple Green and Clean, delights Festival Devotees. Volunteers from this committee supervise cleaning crew, plan for adequate trash bins, supplies, dumpsters, set up cleaning schedules for kitchen, restrooms and shoe rack areas.  Join us to offer Clean Welcome to Ganesha !   

Mentor
Siva Anantuni

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Ketan Vanjara
Harshada Pendharkar


 

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Parking Committee
Be the first to welcome devotees to OUR festival by serving in Parking Committee! Volunteers from this committee plan for adequate parking spots, frequent shuttle services from off-site parking to temple, manage traffic during peak times. We provide safety jackets, rain coats etc. to volunteers.  You will be working in a group. Indian Association members are welcome to perform Parking Sewa.

Mentor
Niranjan Samant

Media & Brochure Committee
Take Ganesha to People! Including everyone and reaching out to community is a mission. Volunteers with graphic design and desktop publishing skills, Youtube bloggers, Wix website developers, social media warriors are welcome here. You will design and distribute Festival's 80-page brochure, collect adverts, manage festival's website, run social media campaigns for max turnout.

Mentor
Mona Vibhute

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Rajashri Kamble
Milind Date

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Gautami Joglekar

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IndiaFest Committee
IndiaFest Volunteers organize the weekend outdoor fun-filled part of the festival. We order tents & children's play equipment, book food and commercial vendors, collect vendor payments, host Mudra Dance Festival, Children's Talent Show and other entertainment programs. During the Indiafest, volunteers sale food coupons. .Join the fun ! Youth 13 and above are welcome to help. 

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Finance, Front Desk Committee
Help sustain this festival by working with donors, devotees and receiving their wargani contributions for the festival. Volunteers will set up call center, solicit donations, remind supporters to donate generously. Volunteers also keep the daily accounts, issue donation packages, donor invitation passes. Ice cream, Paan and Tea sale is also managed by this group on daily basis during the festival. 

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Harshada Pendharkar

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Neelima Kute

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Host & Hospitality Committee
In this committee, you will work with volunteer Host families to organize artists hosting, make arrangements in LakshmiNarayan Niwas, Green room tea/coffee arrangements and daily artists welcome & felicitation help. You will plan to purchase all snacks & supplies, work with food committee for artist foods, tea/coffee etc. 

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Audio, Auditorium, Lighting Committee
Technical Volunteers in this committee manage the entertainment hub of the festival for 10-days both indoors, outdoors, and in deity hall. Pre-festival inventory and setup is major work. Mission to to facilitate Musical/Dance Offering by Artists to Lord Ganesha. Daily operation of Audio & Lighting system, daily mic set up on stage,  Auditorium seating arrangement are some of the tasks. 

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Asheesh Nadkarni

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Religious Committee
Spirituality to see Ganesha in each devotee and selfless service towards HIM, is desired of volunteers in this committee. Volunteers plan & help in Havan, Daily Alankar & Rajopchar, Clean and set up Aartis, Prasad distribution, orderly Darshan. Organize 4 major events Gauri Puja, MahaAbhisekam, Ganesh Vivah & Children's Ganesh Puja

Mentor
Neeta Sharma

MahaPrasad Committee
Planning, cooking and serving daily evening fresh MahaPrasad with Smile to Ganesh Devotees is a mission. Volunteers work with area restaurants, Associations, residential community groups  to solicit Mahapraasad items help in kind or cooking in temple kitchen. We serve close to 10,000 meals in this festival. Indian Association members & community groups are welcome for Mahaprasad Sewa.

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Ravi Indrakanth
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Youth Committee - YCOMM
We inspired and trained 500+ youth over last 18 years of PGF ! Hindu  Youth from area high schools and middle schools are welcome to join. Training and Certificates of work with hours, will be provided. NHS Letters are also provided to deserving leaders. Volunteers will help complete major tasks given by other committees. 7 Youth leaders will organize 100+ youth together to assign tasks evenly.  

Mentor
Tushar Vedanti

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Decoration Committee
Unleash artistic decorator in you in this committee. Volunteers create and execute unique concepts of Ganesh Aaras Decoration, Gauri Arch Decoration, Ganesh Vivah Mandap Decoration, Auditorium/Stage and Temple decoration. 

Mentor
Alka Rathod

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Procession Committee
Join to organize Arrival, Vivah and Immersion Processions, define timelines.  You will work with Area associations, Balvihars and dance schools to enlist procession dance performances and coordinate with Dhol Tasha and Lejhim group.  You will set up carpets, chairs, tables etc. and enlist the holders of colorful flags, Abdagiris  and give headgears to dignitaries, performers, devotees. 

Mentor
Vipul Rathod

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Kedar Naphade
Aniruddha Potnis
Sachin Prabhudesai
Pramod Kotwal
Ravi Menon 
Renuka Adiraju
P. Swaminathan
Ramesh Desai

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Rajashri Kamble
Milind Date

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Praful Patel
Prasanna Jog
Vinod Bhagdwal
Jatin Patel
Milind Satam
Girish Patwardhan

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Ketan Vanjara
Harshada Pendharkar


 

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Vivek Inamdar
 

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Dr. Neelima Kute
Dr. Babu Medi
Darshan Bhatt

 

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