Indian Health Camp of New Jersey celebrates 20 years of community service

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More than 400 people supported the Indian Health Camp of New Jersey’s fundraising gala for its 20th anniversary.

Local and state officials, business entrepreneurs, community leaders, invited guests and volunteers visited the Balaji Temple Auditorium in Bridgewater on Dec. 1.

The afternoon started with Indian dinner from Rajbhog Foods and presentations and recognitions, followed by two-and-a-half hours of Bollywood music with “Indian Idol” finalist Omkar Deshpande, and Vidya Shivling with the orchestra Panorama Entertainment from India.

Kiran Kothari, one of the trustees of IHCNJ and master of ceremony for the evening, delivered the opening speech. A short video of 20 years of community volunteer service of IHCNJ history was displayed followed by plaque presentations to sponsors.

Event sponsor Thomas Coughlin, CEO of BCB Indus American Bank, was presented with a plaque by Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-11); Ritesh Shah, executive committee member; and IHCNJ President Dr. Tushar Patel.

The Senate and General Assembly Joint Legislative Resolution from Downey was accepted by Patel and Shah on behalf of the organization.

Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin (D-18); John Bartlett, Passaic County freeholder; Shanti Narra, Middlesex County freeholder; and Azra Baig, South Brunswick Board of Education member, were among the elected officials who extended their support to IHCNJ.

The plaques were awarded to gold sponsors Atul Shah of ANS, Dipal Patel of Hexa Buliders – Raajipo, Balaji Temple, Piyush Patel of Unity4Cause, and CareOne. Silver sponsors Pinakin and Kirti Pathak of OHM Group of Companies; Dr. Ashok Patel, Medicor Cardiology; and Pragnesh Rathod.

Padma Shree Mr. H.R.Shah of TV Asia was awarded a plaque for event media sponsorship. Padma Shree Dr. Sudhir and Sudha Parikh were awarded for their support in media promotion. Parikh Worldwide Media and ITV Gold have been covering the health fair events on a regular basis for past many years. Rupen and Hina Patel of Accurate Diagnostic Labs were recognized for their lab service. Deepti Jani and Nimish Ganatra of Akila, Nitin Gurjar of Tiranga, and Kalpesh Shah of Gujarat Darpan were recognized for print and media coverage for almost two decades.

In 2018, IHCNJ received the New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Awards in Volunteer Organization Category and NJ BIZ Health Care Heroes Award in Education Hero Category.

The goal for the next five years is to provide support for follow-up medical consultation and additional diagnostic testing especially for diabetes and cardiovascular diseases and other specialists consultations for the people with severe abnormalities detected during the health fairs, according to the statement. These services will reduce the burden on the already strained health care system in this country and improve and save health care costs and financial and emotional burden from the medical complications and debilitating diseases in New Jersey.

For more information or to donate, visit or contact Patel at 848-391-0499 or Subhash Shah at 908-391-7746.