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Kailash C. “KC” and Gisela Chaudhary, and Jan and Congressman Mike Thompson celebrated KC’s 80th birthday at his Napa home.

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Kailash C. “KC” Chaudhary, who helps host and organize the annual fundraiser for Asha, celebrated his 80th birthday on Aug. 20 at his Napa home. Attending the celebration were many of his friends and relatives from Napa Valley and the Silicon Valley, as well as special guests from Germany.

Chaudhary, along with his wife Gisela, welcomed their three daughters; Rita, Monica and Elke; 12 of their 18 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Their two sons, Arvin and Norbert, were unable to attend. Two grandchildren were in China and Australia but a video featuring each grandchild and great-grandchild shared a memories of time spent with their grandfather. Chaurdary’s sisters, Santosh Wadhwa and Saroj Ahuja, and brothers, Kanwal and Sudhir Chaudhary, and their families, also attended the celebration.

Congressman Mike Thompson presented Chaudary the U.S. flag, which had flown over the Capitol in recognition of Kailash Chaudhary’s birthday. State Sen. Bill Dodd presented him with the California State Senate Certificate of Recognition for his achievements his his 40-plus years of leadership at Chaudhary and Associates, Inc; the Napa civil engineering, land surveying and construction inspection company that he and Gisela founded in 1976. Mayor Leon Garcia of American Canyon was also present.

Other special guests included the members of the “Fab-4,” a foursome of friends who came together to the U.S. from India in 1957 to study at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. Sixty years later, Muni Aggarwa, l Paul Gupta and Kamal Aggarwa and Chaurdary are still best friends and their families celebrate special occasions together.

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Aroma Indian cuisine of Napa catered the food, and Keith Rosenthal serenaded the guests with beautiful accordion music.