WEATHER POSTPONEMENT: Now scheduled for Saturday, May 2, 2015
Employees from Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America and Aventure Aviation will face off in Fayette County’s first cricket match Saturday, April 25 at Riley Field in Peachtree City. Team Panasonic will square off with Team Aventure Aviation starting at 10 a.m. The match is free and the public is invited.
The idea for the match was born from a meeting hosted at the Fayette Chamber of Commerce in late 2014. Panasonic executives contacted the Fayette Chamber in fall of 2014 hoping to find ways to help employees and their families who recently moved here from South Asia assimilate and feel more connected to the community. Panasonic has approximately 300 employees from South Asia.
The Chamber reached out to several member businesses, including Aventure Aviation, and invited their employees of South Asian descent to gather together and share needs, challenges and commonalities. One idea from that gathering was to bring the much-beloved sport of cricket to the community and invite all local residents to attend the match.
“The ultimate intention of this cricket match is to have a ‘family fun day’,” said Zaheer Faruqi, President & CEO of Aventure Aviation. “We see this event as a way to bring these employees together and allow them to connect with one another other. At the same time, they can share their love of this sport with the rest of the Fayette community.”
Adalene Holley, membership development manager for the Fayette Chamber of Commerce stated, “When the Chamber helped this group gather together for the first time, it was immediately apparent that all have a heritage and culture important to each of us.” Holley continued, “Traditions are supported with access to ethnic foods, sporting events, cultural and faith-based celebrations that make us feel at home, no matter where we live and work.”
Holley noted that while the April cricket match will mark a first connection point for these employees from India, this initiative will surely blossom into other areas and among other cultures that are active in Fayette County.
“Awareness and familiarity of other cultures is where understanding begins,” said Holley. “As we discover more about one another, we come together as a community. I love that this is a priority for Panasonic Automotive and appreciate Aventure’s leadership bringing it to fruition.”
For further information, match details and event registration, visit http://peachtreecitycricket.eventbrite.com
About Aventure Aviation: Aventure Aviation is a leading aftermarket aviation parts supplier dedicated to providing unique, reliable solutions that exceed the demands for the market and the expectations of our customers. Aventure Aviation provides parts and component repair management for commercial airlines, regional operators, military air forces, and MRO facilities worldwide. Headquartered in close proximity to the world’s busiest airport in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, Aventure maintains offices in the United States, Canada, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Latvia.
About the Chamber: The Fayette Chamber is a vibrant network of businesses and organizations working together to promote economic prosperity and strengthen our community. With the goal of maintaining and enhancing our excellent quality of life, the chamber provides leadership, networking, education and programs that encourage partnerships between businesses and the community.
About Panasonic: Panasonic Automotive is the leading provider of innovative, environmentally responsible in-vehicle systems and devices that contribute to society. The Infotainment Systems from Panasonic Automotive deliver an in-vehicle experience that is uniquely suited to every driver. All the information you need is there at your fingertips, easily accessible and without distraction. All the entertainment you enjoy outside the vehicle, is just a touch away inside the vehicle. Putting the latest mobile technology in your vehicle has been our passion for decades. It’s led to the holistic convergence of infotainment, connectivity and safety you’ll find in every one of our automotive systems.
Based in Peachtree City, Georgia, and with Detroit-area operations located in Farmington Hills, Mich., Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America is a division company of Newark, New Jersey-based Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation, which is based in Osaka, Japan, one of the world’s leading developers and producers of innovative digital and other electronic products for consumer, business and industrial use. Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America also acts as the North American operating company of Panasonic’s Automotive Systems Company of Japan, which coordinates global automotive industry systems and components operations.