Sunny Singh Kular and family were the recipients of the Asian Model Family 2005 Awards on November 20, 2005 at the Holiday Inn in Skokie, Illinois. The awards were given by Asian Chronicle USA a television program on public access cable, produced at COMCAST Studios in Skokie, Illinois.
Mr. & Mrs. Sunny Singh Kular and family Rimpy (wife), Esha (daughter), Purneet (son) were the recipients of Asian model Family award 2005 in the Asian Indian category.
The Model Families were chosen on the basis of their being cohesive families, role models for others to emulate, extended numerous community services here and in their native countries and have impacted the positive image of Asians in America.
The Kular family was cited as having a long list of community service, and have kept the children and the Kular family involved in all the cultural, social, and religious activities together.
Mr. Kular, a post graduate in Telecommunications from DePaul and a graduate from University of Illinois at Chicago, is an experienced engineering professional. Currently, he is a Software engineer with British Petroleum in Chicago.
Sunny Singh Kular immigrated to Chicago, USA in 1989 from Ludhiana, Punjab, India. He got married to Rimpy in 1996. Dr. Rimpy Kular works in the Neurology Department at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago. She is an active member of American India Medical Association of Chicago.
Mr. Kular, the co-founding member the past president and the Board of Governor of Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago (PCS) www.PCSChicago.org , has served PCS in many capacities since its inception.
He is an active member of Sikh American Heritage Organization www.SikhAmerican.org Mr. Kular was the Co-Chairman of the Entertainment Committee of Asian American Coalition of Chicago's Annual Dinner Banquets in 2003. Sunny was awarded for outstanding service as PCS President 2002-2003.
He was also honored by the Asian American Coalition of Chicago with a community service award in 2005.
A well known Punjabi performing artist, Mr. Kular also coordinates Punjabi folk dance "Bhangra" to the children. He has organized various Punjabi Cultural, Sikh American and Asian American mainstream events in Chicago including 4th of July parade, Vaisakhi Parade in Chicago, blood donation drives, youth seminars, sports festivals, the Chicago Millennium Park Opening day celebrations, the State Street Thanksgiving Day Parade, http://www.pcschicago.org/mainstream/2005/Parade05.htm and at White Sox Park Chicago to name a few. He is also an active member of the “ Passport to the World” Committee at the Chicago Children’s Museum in Navy Pier. http://www.pcschicago.org/youth/kids/ChildrensMuseum.htm
For his achievements, Mr. Sunny Singh Kular was also presented with “The President’s Volunteer Service Award” by the President's council on service and Civic Participation send from Washington D.C.
Sunny and Rimpy are blessed with two beautiful children, Esha and Parneet. Seven Year-old Esha is in second grade at Andrew Jackson Language Academy. She is a very good dancer in addition to Rangla Punjab she has also performed at Navy Pier’s Passport to the World Celebrations. Esha speaks fluent Punjabi and learning to read and write it as well. She is also studying the Russian language at her school. Esha is not only excelling in the academics but also has time to learn languages and participate in activities that enhance her native culture Esha’s younger brother Parneet is only One-year-old.
Dr. Rimpy Kular is dedicated to both her family and her profession. Being a doctor is a very challenging job, but she is a very devoted mother to her children Esha and Parneet. Rimpy’s good care of the kids gives Sunny time for all his community involvement.
In as much as the Kulars are deeply connected to their Indian roots they have adapted well to the American lifestyle and culture. Keeping the Indian family tradition alive, the Kular family travels back home to India quite frequently, in order to acquaint their children with the life in their native country. The Kular family young as it may be is indeed a model Indian family.
They maintain their rich Indian heritage, while they are very proud to be American.
The other awards given by the Asian Chronicle were as follows. The Pan Asian Model Family awards were: Mr. & Mrs. Young Kyun Shin Family. Humanitarian Model Family - Dr. & Mrs. Raghuveer Nayak Family, Humanitarian Couple – Mr. & Mrs. Sam Sol Flores and Humanitarian of the Year – Ms. Cleofe Tierro Mendiola.
The Asian Model Families from other Asian communities were: Mr. & Mrs. Ali Ahmed Family (Bangladesh), Dr. & Mrs. Nunilo Rubiio family (Filipino), Mr. & Mrs. I Gusti Ngurah Kertayuda Family (Indonesian), Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Kim family (Korean), Mr. & Mrs. Naeem Khan family (Pakistani), Dr. & Mrs. Prinn Stang (Thai) and Mr. & Mrs . Nghia Mai family (Vietnamese).