Shore Organization donates $300,000 to food bank and cultural center

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TOMS RIVER – The Monmouth Ocean County Indian Physicians Association (MOCAAPI) has donated a total of $300,000 to local organizations, continuing their commitment to helping the community.

MOCAAPI donated $150,000 each for a food bank and an Indian cultural center in Toms River.

The Association has raised over $500,000 over the years through annual benefit galas, popular golf outings and other events. They plan to continue their work to make impactful donations.

“It was a longtime dream of MOCAAPI members to make an impactful donation which is coming true today by donating $150,000 to Fulfill Food Bank of Monmouth Ocean Counties and $150,000 to Indian Cultural & Community Center to build a much-needed community hall. in Toms River,” said MOCAAPI Chairman Dr. Avinash Gupta. “With everyone’s participation and generosity, and thanks to the efforts of our past presidents, we have been able to raise more than $500,000 over the years.

The non-profit organization was established in 2003 and continues to bring together all health stakeholders while supporting local charitable causes.

During the peak of COVID-19, MOCAAPI partnered with OCHD (Ocean County Health Department) to vaccinate thousands of residents. They also distributed hot meals to healthcare workers at local hospitals and vaccination centers, as well as blankets to the homeless.

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MOCAAPI physicians who volunteered at OCHD received a proclamation from the NJ State Senate and General Assembly, honored with the Healthcare Hero Award by the CMC Board of Directors.

Attending the event were Fulfill’s new CEO and President, Triada Stampas, as well as Fulfill’s Director of Development, Linda Kellner. The MOCAAPI donation will provide 450,000 meals, Stampas said.

Additionally, Ocean County Sheriff Michael Mastronardy and Commissioner Virginia Haines recognized MOCAAPI physicians for their service to the community during the pandemic.

“Dr. Bankim Shah, Mr. Pravin Parekh among several others from ICCC expressed their appreciation and said that it would meet the needs of the growing Indian community in the region. They greatly appreciated the leadership of the generosity of Drs. Avinash and Geeta Gupta for a personal matching donation of $150,000 to the Indian Cultural and Community Center to build a community hall where children can learn about our culture and heritage, a senior center, yoga, care camps health, fundraising events and celebrating festivals together,” MOCAAPI said.

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