Bruhan Maharashtra Mandal of North America (“BMM”), a non-profit organization, is holding its biennial Convention in San Jose, California, from 27 June 2024 to 30 June 2024 (“Convention”) in collaboration with the Maharashtra Mandal Bay Area (“MMBA”), a non-profit organization. MMBA is playing the host for the Convention and in order to prepare for it, MMBA has formed a distinct BMM2024 Committee (“Committee”) which has in turn formed several committees to make the preparatory process more efficient.

General FAQs

1. What is BMM?

Bruhan Maharashtra Mandal (BMM) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) umbrella organization that was established in 1981. BMM represents 54 Maharashtrian organizations across North America in major cities.

2. What is the BMM convention?

One of the most significant events organized by BMM every alternate year, BMM Convention brings together thousands of Marathi people from around the world for a 3 day celebration of Marathi culture, language, and identity.

3. What is the BMM2024 Bay Area Convention?

After 25 years, one of the most significant celebrations of Maharashtrian Culture, Customs, and Community – Bruhan Maharashtra Mandal (BMM) comes to the global center of tech and innovation – the Bay Area!

The global Maharashtrian community has maintained its cultural identity while integrating into a foreign culture. The BMM2024 Bay Area Convention celebrates this evolving Maharashtrian identity and its promises for future generations.  

In the true community spirit, we envision the convention to be a platform for Marathi-speaking individuals and their families to unite, network, and celebrate their shared heritage of art, music, dance, customs, and cuisine.

In the Bay Area, the local mandals that are associated with BMM are MMBA, EBMM, CalAA, Swarsudha, and MMSAC. This convention will be held June 27-June 30, 2024 at San Jose Convention Center, California.

4. What is Our Mission?

The mission of BMM is to provide effective collaboration between all the associated mandals to operate projects and events that promote Marathi culture and language. BMM also provides a common platform for the Marathi community to come together, celebrate their rich cultural heritage, and contribute to the wider community.

Donations FAQs

1. General Disclaimer
  • A donation made to ‘BMM2024’ will be treated as a donation to MMBA, and will become tax-deductible. It is suggested that a competent tax advisor be consulted in order to properly avail of the tax deduction in the amount indicated in the benefits section. The amount is calculated on a good faith estimate of the “fair market value” for the services offered.
  • BMM2024 reserves the right to change these rules without notice.
  • BMM2024 has partnered with TUGOZ LLC to offer ticket booking services.
  • TUGOZ does not rent or sell personal information to third parties.
2. Is my donation tax-deductible?

Yes, donations made to BMM2024 a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization are tax-deductible.

3. Has BMM2024 received IRS designation as 501(C)(3) or charitable organization?

Maharashtra Mandal-Bay Area DBA BMM2024 is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with details shown below:

Charitable Tax ID/FEIN: 94-2986211

4. Can I donate from a charitable trust?

Yes, we accept donations from charitable trusts, just as you can receive any other donations from individual donors, corporations, and other organizations.

5. Can donations be received from IRA as Required Minimum Distributions as a Qualified Charitable Donation?

Yes, donations can be received from an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) as a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) under the Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) program. The QCD is a transfer of funds from your IRA custodian payable directly to the qualified charity. Amount transferred as QCD can be counted toward satisfying your RMD for the year. The QCD program allows individuals who are age 70½ or older to donate up to $100,000 per year directly from their IRA to a qualified nonprofit organization like BMM2024 without having to count the distribution as taxable income.

6. Can I get a receipt for my donation?

Yes, you should receive a receipt for your donation that will include the following information

  1. Name of the donor
  2. Date of the donation received 
  3. Non-profit organization details (Name & TaxID)
  4. Statement of non-profit organization’s 501(c)(3) status
  5. Amount donated with clear classification between FMV (Fair Market Value) and tax deductible amount

This receipt can be used to claim your tax deduction.

*FMV will be based on package purchase and includes the cost of  tickets, hotel, banquet, sofa, etc.

7. Can percentage of tax-deductible be determined based on the BMM2024 Fundraising Patron Packages?

See table below for an example. It shows what is purchased with the Platinum Package and the amount donated. Similarly, for the Diamond Package. 

Sample Tax Table

**Please note the above table is an estimation. We recommend you consult your tax advisors for the correct tax deductible percentage.

8. Will BMM2024 issue tax receipts for donations received in calendar year 2023 by February 2024 (for 2023 tax filing season)

BMM2024 will email you the 2023 donation receipt by February 2024 for the 2023 tax filing season. Similarly, BMM2024 will email you the 2024 donation receipt by February 2025 for the 2024 tax filing season.

9. Can donations from individual IRAs be directly donated by checks to BMM2024?

Yes, donations from Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) can be directly donated by checks to BMM2024 as a QCD. 

Please send an email to treasurer@bmm2024.org for instructions and mailing address.

10. What are the payment options available?

Email individualdonors@bmm2024.org to receive payment instructions. Provide your name, phone number, donation amount, and your preferred payment method from the following list.

  • Check
  • ECheck/ACH
  • Wire Transfer
  • Zelle
11. Donations Cancellation & Transfer Policy
  • Donation packages are non-refundable and non-transferable but they can be upgraded.
  • Upgrading from general registration to the Individual Donor Package will not be considered as cancellation of general registration. Upgrade date will be the registration date for new donor registration.
  • All registration cancellation requests should be made in writing. Please send email to cancellation@bmm2024.org 
  • The following cancellation fees will be charged PER PERSON.
    • 50% of the registration fee if cancelled on or before February 29, 2024
    • No cancellation and refunds after February 29, 2024
  • The payment processing fee of 4% (2% for offline payments) will not be refunded.
  • Ticket refunds will be processed only upon receiving an email request with justification, to refund the tickets, before the above date.
  • Processing time for refunds will be 2-3 weeks and the refund will be issued in the same mode in which the online payment was made.
  • Donations/tickets will be refunded in full (less any administration and processing charges) should the Convention get be canceled because of a decision by the Committee, or any force majeure event which would make the holding of the Convention for its entire duration, impossible, or is prohibited, or is against public interest as determined by the Committee. Force majeure events shall be the following: war, terrorism, civil or public unrest, pandemic, flood, hurricane, earthquake, or other such acts of God. 
  • Purchase of any ticket for the Convention shall mean acceptance by the purchaser or the attendee of all terms and conditions of the Convention, of hotel rules (if applicable), and all disclaimers. 
12. What are the various Donation Packages offered for Donors?

There are 2 types of Donation Packages available to choose from:

● Patrons 
● Individual Donors.

For Patron Packages please visit https://bmm2024.org/bmm-patrons/ – If you are interested in getting any of these package for yourself or friends please email fundraising@bmm2024.org
For Individual Donor Package please visit https://bmm2024.org/individual-donor-packages/ – These are available to buy online. Please click on this link to buy https://bmm2024.org/register/

Hotel Booking FAQ's

1. What are the Hotel Booking Terms and Conditions?

Every guest staying at a hotel arranged by the Committee or through the Convention registration process, is informed that the hotel common space is open to the public (including to other guests), and each guest is expected to maintain peace and decorum of these public spaces, and to use their own rooms responsibly. Every guest shall be deemed to have agreed to each of the following conditions, the breach of which shall be solely at the guest’s expense. 

  • The guest shall be liable for any damage to hotel property by such guest, or otherwise be solely responsible for any other violation of hotel rules. 
  • The guest shall be deemed to have indemnified the Committee, MMBA, and BMM, along with each of their respective members and volunteers, against any and all loss or injury suffered and costs incurred (including attorney and other professional fees) resulting from a guest’s actions. 
  • The guest agrees that should a guest’s violation of these Terms and Conditions or other Rules warrant protection of the rights, property, or services of the hotel or of another guest, the hotel and/or the Committee reserve the right to notify the police and other relevant authorities, or otherwise take appropriate remedial measures in their sole and absolute discretion. 
  • Should the hotel deem that a guest’s health or life is at serious risk, the hotel may seek emergency medical services including that of an ambulance in the hotel’s sole and absolute discretion. 
  • The guest understands that food offered within the Convention area may be offered at no extra charge (depending on the guest’s registration package). However, the guest shall be responsible for additional charges/fees, if any, for hotel services such as room service, alcoholic beverages, telephone, food or drink inside hotel premises, internet, gym, swimming pool, etc. Each guest should check both the services offered with the Convention registration and the hotel services. 
  • Guests are strongly urged to regularly check the Convention’s website for any change or update to these terms and conditions as all such subsequent changes and updates shall be binding on each guest. 
2. What is the Hotel Cancellation and Transfer policy?
  • Hotel reservations are non-transferable but may be changed ONE TIME. You may request occupancy or room type change or change to another hotel from the available hotels selected by BMM2024 as long as rooms are still available.
  • Hotel room rates may be different for rooms with 1 bed vs 2 beds. Hotels assume single or double occupancy only. In case more than 2 adults share a room, Hotels may charge you extra fees during checkout.
  • Hotel rooms with Single bed usually have a King size bed, room with 2 beds have 2 Double beds but some hotels have 2 Queen size beds.
  • Hotel rooms have been booked as a block under a BMM2024 group contract with severe penalties for cancellations. Hence only a limited # of requests for Hotel reservation changes can be supported until November 30, 2023. Please send email to hotels@bmm2024.orgwith the details of changes requested.
  • All Hotel cancellation requests should be made in writing. Please send email to hotels@bmm2024.orgwrite ‘Hotel Cancellation Request Confirmation Number XXXXXX’ in the Subject Line.
  • The following cancellation fees will be charged for EACH hotel reservation.
    • 50% of the Hotel room charges, if cancelled on or before Feb 29, 2024.
    • No cancellation and refunds after Feb 29, 2024.
  • The payment processing fee of 4% (2% for offline payments) will not be refunded.
  • Hotel refunds will be processed only upon receiving an email request with justification, before the above date.
  • Processing time for refunds will be 4-6 weeks and the refund will be issued in the same mode in which the online payment was made.
  • Hotel room charges will be refunded in full (less any administration and processing charges) should the Convention get cancelled because of a decision by the Committee, or any force majeure event which would make the holding of the Convention for its entire duration, impossible, or is prohibited, or is against public interest as determined by the Committee. Force majeure events shall be the following: war, terrorism, civil or public unrest, pandemic, flood, hurricane, earthquake, or other such acts of God. 
  • Purchase of any ticket for the Convention shall mean acceptance by the purchaser or the attendee of all terms and conditions of the Convention, of hotel rules (if applicable), and all disclaimers. 
3. Is my hotel booking TXXXXXXXXX code same as Hotel confirmation #? OR Is my hotel reservation already in their system?

The TXXXXXXXXX is a booking code from BMM2024, which is generated after the payment for hotel room/s is received by BMM2024 from the Attendee. Currently all hotel bookings are being held in BMM2024’s name. Please note that at this time, the bookings are not yet in the Hotel system. They will be transferred to each hotel closer to the convention dates, approximately a month prior.  At that time, you will receive the Hotel confirmation either directly from the hotel or from BMM2024.  You can also add your Hotel loyalty account information at that time.

Registration FAQ's

1. How do I register for the BMM 2024 Convention?

Please click the link below and enter all the information required to Register for the upcoming BMM2024 Bay Area Convention.

Please make sure to enter email ID and Phone number that you check frequently as all updates will be sent via email and text closure to the convention along with your other Personal Information before you submit the form.

https://bmm2024.org/register/

2. When will I get confirmation for my registration?

You will receive a Registration Confirmation Email soon after you complete the registration process online and payment is processed.

3. Why is the General Ticket (including processing fee) cost so expensive?

The executive committee for BMM2024 fully recognizes that ticket prices for the upcoming convention are elevated when compared to previous iterations. Rest assured that we are making every effort to curtail unnecessary expenses without sacrificing quality. Our primary objective remains to deliver the most spectacular experience while maintaining a shrewd budget and passing any and all economic benefits on to the attendees.

That being the goal, given broader economic events and disparate regional effects, there are unfortunately some cost increases that simply cannot be avoided.

Here is the comparison of expenses between BMM22 Vs BMM24 convention – fixed and Variable expenses

faq registration

Firstly, as has been the trend since 2022, supply-side inflation is pervasive across every facet that is touched upon by the convention. Pricing for facilities, lodging, food, transportation, and the whole gamut of related expenses is up by 15-20% when compared to even a year ago. We anticipate this trend to continue through the convention date and are working tirelessly to lock-in early-bird, group, and other discounts.

  • The Actual cost $733/attendee whereas we are charging $500/attendee so there is gap of $233/attendee
  • On Variable Cost: major share is going towards the Food Buyout 
  • On the Fixed Cost: major expenses is Facility/Convention Center rent, Programing cost is at its min as most of the programs are being sponsored

Second, when compared to previous locales, the Bay Area has a much higher cost of living. This is the tradeoff that we must accept to access the numerous, incalculable benefits that are gained by hosting the convention in our neck of the woods. Our Marathi contingency and location offers an unmatched blend of cultural activism, heritage, and immeasurable networking opportunities, both personal and professional. We easily believe that the slight increase in ticket prices will be paid-back multifold by the exposure to this unique crossroads.

We humbly ask that attendees continue putting their faith in our committee and trust that we will  deliver the most unforgettable convention experience while also keeping budgetary constraints in mind. We do not take the responsibility lightly and will continue pushing forward on all fronts.

4. Can I upgrade from General Registration to a Donor package?

Yes, general registration can be upgraded to any of the donor packages and the amount will be adjusted and a new confirmation email will be sent.

Upgrading from general registration to the Individual Donor Package will not be considered as cancellation of general registration. Upgrade payment received date will be the new registration date for seat and hotel room allotment

Please Note: Once the seating capacity is reached, you may not avail this opportunity to upgrade.

5. Will my seating change if I change my Package?

Yes, based on the new package you buy, you will be seated in the respective seating zone and the Seat allotment will be based on the date of payment received.

6. What is the cancellation policy for General/Donor Registration?

The following cancellation fees will be charged PER PERSON – 50% of the registration fee if cancelled on or before February 29, 2024. No cancellation and refunds after February 29, 2024

7. Pre-registration has been completed successfully but by mistake I clicked on the Hotel Booking tab and would like to cancel the hotel booking now?

Hotel booking is not completed successfully until the payment is initiated towards the hotel booking. For any further concerns please send email to hotels@bmm2024.org

8. Are all programs from Day-2 to Day-4 included in ‘Just Ticket’ registration fee?

The ‘Just Ticket’ with $500 ticket price per person includes all programs on Day 2 through Day 4 plus all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner on Day 2 and 3 and breakfast and lunch on Day 4)

9. Why am I being charged for hotels when I select the Ticket/s during the Registration?

There is ‘blue key’ on the Registration page which by default is selected to ‘include hotel’.

In case you do not wish to book hotel room/s, you need to deselect this key to proceed to the next screen. It will reflect in the amount accordingly.

10. What are the various Donation Packages offered for Donors?

There are 2 types of Donation Packages available to choose from:

● Patrons
● Individual Donors

For Patron Packages please visit https://bmm2024.org/bmm-patrons/ – If you are interested in getting any of these package for yourself or friends please email fundraising@bmm2024.org

For Individual Donor Package please visit https://bmm2024.org/individual-donor-packages/ – These are available to buy online.

Please click on this link to buy https://bmm2024.org/register/

11. If I am already pre-registered for the convention through my Marathi Mandal Block Booking and my family member/friend would like to register now, would he/she be able to sit with me if we buy ‘just ticket’?

Since you are pre-registered through your Marathi Mandal Block Booking, your seating zone will be different from the ‘Just Ticket’ seating zone. Hence we cannot accommodate your request to add any family member/friend in the same seating area.

Please Check with your Mandal Point of Contact if any of the existing ticket holder/s has upgraded to a higher package and if they have that spot open or if they plan to open a new block for the Mandal you can add any family member/friend to it or else you can proceed with purchase of ‘Just Ticket’.

12. How is the seating arrangement for donors and other various categories?

Seating Arrangement Policy: 

  • Seating Allotment will be based on the date and time payment received after you Pre-Register
  • All Sofa and Regular Seats will be numbered
  • Seating assignments will follow this chronology:
    • Dignitaries & Invited Guest – 2 rows
    • Patron Package : will be seated after the Dignitaries rows
      • Diamond – 2 rows
      • Platinum – 5 rows
      • Platinum Mini – 5 rows
      • Reserved Seating for special event – 5 rows
      • Upgraded Senior Citizens – 2 rows
    • Individual Donors: will be seated after the Patrons Sofa Seating Zone end

seating arrangement faq

13. Is it possible to upgrade Packages now?

Yes, it is possible.

  • Patron Packages (Diamond 25K & Platinum 15K) are still available
  • All Package are upgradable
  • Gold Package can be purchased in Multiples
  • Just Tickets can be upgraded to any package
  • NA Block Booking privileges and priorities will not be change by individuals upgrading their Just Tickets
14. Are there tickets we could purchase Day wise or event wise?

As of now BMM2024 is not offering Day wise Tickets. You can check for more updates on Packages  available on the website below: 

https://bmm2024.org/register/

15. I have paid for 3 members( applies to more than one) in my family but only my name was asked in the pre-registration form on the BMM2024 website. What about the information of other two members.

The Registration form is live on the website, with your pre-registration code you can now enter and fill information of all the attendees you have purchased the tickets for.

16. How do I fill out the registration form if I am already Pre-registered?

On the BMM2024 website we have transitioned/renamed the previous “Pre-Register’ button to ‘REGISTER’

1. Click the link https://bmm2024.org/register/

2. Select the option ‘I have a pre-registration code’ and enter the 16 characters alphanumeric pre-registration MXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX from your Pre-Registration Confirmation Email Receipt or your email address

3. Click apply and click ‘Continue’

4. From the drop down for ‘Select number of attendees’ select no. of attendees you wish to checkin together on the day of convention.(Please do not select more than the attendees you have paid for at the time of pre-registration)

5. Select No of Tickets if you wish to attend BMMfest on Day 1 Jun 27th, click ‘NEXT’ ( This Step is Optional, you can always buy tickets later for Day 1)

6. Deselect the “Include Hotel” option (set the ‘blue key’ off) if you do not wish to add hotel room OR have already booked and click ‘NEXT’

7. Depending on the number of tickets choosen you will see Attendee tabs listed with Attendee 1 tab highligted

8. Please complete and fill in all the accurate details/choices for Attendee 1 and repeat the same step for the other Attendees by clicking on the respective tabs

9. Preview the info and modify as needed before you hit Submit.

17. How do I Fill out the registration form if I am not Pre-registered?

The previous ‘Pre-Register’ tab on the BMM 2024 website has now transitioned into ‘REGISTER’

1. Click the link below: https://bmm2024.org/register/

2. Select second option ‘I do not have a pre-registration code. Show booking options.’ Select the desired package from the Table

3. From drop down, ‘select’ the no of tickets you want to purchase and click ‘NEXT’

4. If you wish to Purchase add-on DAY 1 BMMFEST tickets, you may add and click ‘NEXT’

5. Turn the ‘blue key’ off if you do not wish to add hotel room and click ‘NEXT’

6. Fill the form with accurate information for each attendee, check all the information for any errors and make the payment.

18. How will I be assigned seating if I have registered through NA Mandal Block

• Mandal Block booking are done by Mandal POCs. At the time of booking the block they have submitted the list of attendees for the 24 seats within that block in a serial order. We have entered all the attendees in the system for that block in the same order and that will define your seating order within the block.

• Each Mandal has an assigned block number and the attendees will sit within their Mandal Block only.

• No seat numbers will be assigned within the Mandal Block.

• If you belong to the same Mandal but different block (Same date of payment), those will be seated one after another.

BMM2.0 & BMMFEST - Day 1 FAQs

1. Is there a conference for Doctors or Medical professionals?
Yes, The BMM Fest conference includes a CME program that offers CME credits and is a packed full 8 hour program. BMM Fest registration allows one to attend CME.
2. What is BConnect Explore?

BConnect is the Business conference called “Explore” on the Day 1 of the BMM Convention.

3. What will BConnect Explore have?

BConnect Explore is for professionals to network, learn about businesses, participate in workshops and trainings. There will be industry professionals from popular fields who will share their experiences and leave you with nuggets of wisdom. There will also be a jobs and recruitment mela. Students and folks seeking internships and folks looking to switch or grow in their jobs should attend BConnect Explore.

4. What is the add-on fee for Day1 BMMFEST and what does it include?

When You select ‘Just Ticket’, there is an add-on fee for Day 1 BMM Festival for a fee of $150. Please visit the link below to view what’s included in the Day 1 BMM Festival.

https://bmm2024.org/bmm2024-fest/

The ‘Add-On’ with $150 ticket price per person will include Day 1 programs like Uttarrang, BConnect (or Business Connect), BMM Film Festival, CME, Ekankika Spardha, Shala and Jagatik Marathi Sanstha plus Evening Marquee Event (SaReGaMa Musical Program).

Please note: Banquet Dinner is not included in the ‘Add-On’ package and is only available for Platinum Mini and Patron Packages.

5. How do I attend the Reshimgathi session on Day 3 of the convention?

You have to be a member first to attend this session. It is not a part of BMMFEST DAY 1 add-on  Ticket. Click on link below: https://reshimgathee.bmmonline.org/ to register for Reshimgathi.

6. Can I register for Day 1 BMMFEST on a later date? If I did not purchase this add-on at the time of pre-registration?

Yes you can purchase Day1 (BMM Fest) Tickets whenever you want to,  click  on the link below:
https://bmm2024.org/bmm2024-fest/ 

  • Scroll down and click on the Button ‘REGISTRATION’ 
  • In the email or pre-registration number window (just above tickets) copy your  confirmation code and click ‘APPLY’
  • Select number of tickets and click ‘CONTINUE’
  • Complete the payment and receive your confirmation for booking BMMFEST.

OR
click the link below:
https://bmm2024.org/register/

  • The table will list packages, click the ‘SELECT’ for the last column
  • Scroll down and click on the Button ‘REGISTRATION’
  • In the email or pre-registration number window ( just above tickets) copy your confirmation code and click ‘APPLY’
  • Select number of tickets and click ‘CONTINUE’
  • Complete the payment and receive your confirmation for booking BMMFEST.

Food FAQ's

Dining Areas

Location Vicinity Hotel

Host and Hospitality FAQ's

Wheelchair and Seniors Related FAQ’s

We strive to host inclusive, accessible convention that enable individuals with disabilities to engage fully. Attendees with restricted movement may use wheelchairs – Manual or Motorized

1. What is the seating arrangement for attendees in wheelchairs?

For every Seating Zone the first few rows will have wheelchair accessible seats

Here is an example Gold Package Holder:

  • First Row: Seats for attendees on Wheelchair
  • Second Row: Seats for Wheelchair Support attendees (if Manually pushed by someone)
  • Gold Package Holder: Seniors Seating Zone
  • Gold Package Holders: Regular Seating Zone

Here is an example Just Ticket Zone:

  • First Row: Seats for attendees on Wheelchair
  • Second Row: Seats for Wheelchair Support attendees (if Manually pushed by someone)
  • Volunteer Seating Zone
  • NA Block Booking Seating Zone
2. Will the BMM24 Convention team provide wheelchairs for attendees who need them?

No, if you need a wheelchair we recommend you bring it with you. Convention Team will  not be providing or making arrangements for procuring wheelchair for attendees

We have Vendors whom you can contact and reserve a wheelchair

  • Bradford Medical Supply
    • Owner: Bradford
    • Location: San Jose
    • Contact Number: 1-408-430-2677

Please Note: We are in the process of contacting more Wheelchair Vendors and as soon as we get their commitments we will add to this list

3. I want to buy Gold Package but I am on wheelchair and/or have Mobility Restricted can I get Hotel Accommodations in the attached hotel?

Yes, we have marked one hotel exclusively for Seniors and people with Mobility Restrictions. You can buy Gold Package without Hotel which is $2700 + Processing Fee ($300 discount) and then book a hotel room in Hilton San Jose, which is attached to the convention center. Please send your requests to fundraising@bmm2024.org and we will help you with your  reservations.

4. I am a Senior and might not be able to sit through and watch all the programs at a stretch, will there be a place for Seniors to take rest for some time if needed?

Yes, the BMM24 Host and Hospitality Team will have Rooms designated throughout the convention center as Seniors Rest Area with Tea and Coffee available as refreshments. They will be marked and also noted on the convention map for you to navigate too.

5. For any special needs where do I contact?

Please send email to hospitality@bmm2024.org

Stay Tuned. Coming Soon…

  • Programs
  • Transport
  • Visa Processing

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