Proud Local First AZ Member Claims the Mother Teresa Award

Raveen Arora, Dhaba Restaurant founder and owner, was awarded the 18th annual Mother Teresa International Award earlier this year in a special ceremony held in Calcutta, India.

Raveen received the award from Anthony Biswas, the 86-year-old committee chair who was a one-time protégé with Mother Teresa.

The letter of the awards committee stated, “We came to know that you (Raveen) are spending most of your time in serving the unwanted and downtrodden people.”  

With the inspiration of Mother Teresa, Raveen established his own humanitarian work in India, Bangladesh, and Tibet. In addition, while working in India, Raveen was a leader in the Lions’ movement, a service geared towards helping and bettering the community through volunteer work. 

Raveen, trained in accounting, spent decades in international business and consulting, writing 10 books, and linking with others for humanitarian outreach.

 Raveen Arora has received numerous awards and certificates that document his successes over the years. 

Raveen Arora has received numerous awards and certificates that document his successes over the years. 

 The Dhaba Restaurant opened in 2003 in Tempe, Arizona in hopes of adding culture to the surrounding communities. 

The Dhaba Restaurant opened in 2003 in Tempe, Arizona in hopes of adding culture to the surrounding communities. 

After exploring the business options here in the Valley, Raveen decided to develop a cultural center on Apache Blvd. in Tempe. In 2003, Raveen opened The Dhaba Restaurant.

For the next decade and a half, Raveen became deeply engaged in the Tempe community and demonstrated again and again how a business can not only thrive with smart management, but can consistently be a servant to the poor and those in deep need through philanthropy and inspiring others.

Raveen is a highly decorated businessman, with innumerable awards ranging locally, nationally, and internationally in areas of humanitarian work, service, and enterprise; The Don Carlos Humanitarian Award, 2015, The City of Tempe Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Award, 2015, The American Dream Award-Face of Diversity, 2017, the list is insurmountable.

Other recognitions include awards from the APCA, Tempe Sister Cities, Arizona State University, and various Chambers of Commerce including Tempe, Greater Phoenix, Scottsdale, and more. Raveen was also the keynote speaker at last year’s Social Entrepreneurship Summit

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