IACFNJ announces scholarships, plans for picnic, Indian Independence Day

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Scholarship winner awarded by IACFNJ. Photo: Tushar Patel, IACFNJ
Scholarship winner awarded by IACFNJ. Photo: Tushar Patel, IACFNJ

The Indo-American Cultural Foundation of Central Jersey – IACFNJ, presented scholarships to several high school students June 7, 2022.

This year, IACFNJ sponsored seven scholarships for high school students in South and North Brunswick High Schools to support talented students based on their merits in various subjects.

Scholarship winner awarded by IACFNJ. Photo: Tushar Patel, IACFNJ
Scholarship winner awarded by IACFNJ. Photo: Tushar Patel, IACFNJ

Two students in North Brunswick High Schools were recognized in memory of two IACFNJ pillars Trustee Murthy Yerramilli, and Treasurer Sunil Shah who passed away in 2020 and 2021.

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Darshan Shah, son of Sunil Shah awarded the scholarships at North Brunswick High School during the Seniors Awards Night on June 7, 2022.

Above, Darshan Shah awarding the scholarship to North Brunswick High School student during Awards Ceremony on June 7, 2022 and announcing the scholarship in two categories. Below, Dr. Tushar Patel, President addressing the awardees and parents.

In a July 17 press release, IACFNJ announced it will hold the annual summer picnic at Mercer County Park on Sunday, August 7, 2022.

Organizers promise a fun-filled outdoor picnic at the park for the large community of Indian- American residents of Central Jersey, and members of IACFN.

In addition, IACFNJ is holding India’s 75th Independence Day celebration – “Aazadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” — with cultural and patriotic dance performances and singing, attended by local and state elected in the outdoor grounds of Shree Swaminarayan Temple at in South Brunswick, New Jersey.

The IACFNJ says it is ‘very popular’ among the younger generation of Indian-Americans, and aims to represent the large population of South Asians in South and North Brunswick, Franklin Park, Princeton, Princeton Junction, Monroe, East Brunswick and East and West Windsor and surrounding town. It has held a successful Navratri Garba and many other community events such as summer picnics Indian Independence Day celebrations, holiday parties and spring festivals to bring the community together for the past two decades.

This year’s summer picnic will bring together communities separated by the COVID pandemic for the last two years.

Activities will include games for the kids, bingo, prizes, live DJ and music and singing by local talented singers.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided free of charge to all IACFNJ members and open to all non-members at a nominal entry fee.  The live entertainment will be provided by DJ Darshan and Ashish from Desi Experiment LLC.

The current executive board of includes Chairman Raoji Patel, President Dr. Tushar Patel, Vice Presidents Mahesh Patel and Mahesh Shah, Secretary Surabhi Agarwal, and Treasurer Rajesh Patel.

The “pillars and founders” of the organization and trustees include Rewo Nawani, Jadhav Chaudhary and Hitesh Patel.

The IACFNJ has also been involved in supporting local organizations to continue promoting education and recognizing students’ achievements.

The upcoming events of IACFNJ will be the Navratri Garba scheduled for September and October 2022 followed by a Holiday event in November 2022. For more information, visit IACFNJ.org or e-mail at info@iacfnj.org or iacfnj@yahoo.com.

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