New Jersey physicians of Monmouth & Ocean Counties raise $100,000 at charity gala  

Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Illinois, 2nd from right, attended the March 18, 2023, charity gala of MOCAAPI held in Long Branch, N.J. Seen with him is the organizing team, from left, Secretary MOCAAPI Dr. Hemangini Shah, Vice President Dr. Rekha Gohel, and on right President of MOCAAPI Dr. Sanjay Kumar. Photo: ITV Gold.

Monmouth & Ocean County AAPI (MOCAAPI) held a charity gala to raise money for mental health and addiction. The event took place March 18, 2023, at Ocean Place Resort & Spa in Long Branch, New Jersey.

Around 200 people attended the ticketed event, and according to President of MOCAAPI, Dr. Sanjay Kumar, about $100,000 was raised, the main beneficiaries being Bright Harbor Healthcare of Ocean County, and Mental Health Association of Monmouth County. Dr. Kumar also praised the work of his team, Vice President Dr. Rekha Gohel, Secretary Dr. Hemangini Shah, and Treasurer Dr. Apurv Agrawal.

From left, Secretary of MOCAAPI Dr. Hemangini Shah, Dr. Kirit Pandya who was recognized, President of MOCAAPI Dr. Sanjay Kumar, and Vice President of MOCAAPI Dr. Rekha Gohel. Photo: ITV Gold

Dr. Kirit Pandya was presented a plaque recognizing his dedication and contributions to MOCAAPI and the community in general. MOCAAPI’s past presidents were also recognized during the event.

President of MOCAAPI Dr. Sanjay Kumar, speaking to ITV Gold at the March 18, 2023, charity gala or the organization in Long Branch, N..J. Photo: ITV Gold
Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Illinois, addressing the MOCAAPI charity gala gathering in Long Branch, N.J. March 18, 2023. Photo: ITV Gold

Among the mains guests at the charity gala were Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Illinois, psychiatrist Dr. Rakesh Ranjan, keynote speaker; Sparsh Shah, 19-year-old prodigy, singer, songwriter, rapper, inspirational speaker, philanthropist and Guinness World Records holder (; Padma Shri recipient Dr. Sudhir Parikh, chairman of Parikh Worldwide Media/ITV Gold, New Jersey State Senator Vin Gopal from Monmouth County, among others.

Dr. Sudhir Parikh, left, with Dr. Kirit Pandya at the March 18, 2023, charity gala hosted by MOCAAPI. Photo: ITV Gold

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy sent a letter congratulating to MOCAAPI, praising the organization for its good works, as did Rep. Krishnamoorthi, who also spoke at the event.

On the sidelines of the MOCAAPI charity gala and convention March 18, 2023 in Long Branch, N.J., several national leaders of AAPI spoke to ITV Gold. Seen in photo are, from left, Dr. Krishan Kumar, Dr. Sudhir Parikh, Dr. Ravi Kolli, Dr. Sumul Rawal, Dr. Sudha Parikh. Photo: ITV Gold

On the sidelines of the event many leaders of the national AAPI and past-presidents of MOCAAPI spoke to ITV Gold. They included AAPI national President Ravi Kolli, Treasurer Dr. Sumul Rawal, Dr. Avinash Gupta, Dr. Krishan Kumar, and Dr. Sudhir Parikh, senior advisor to AAPI, praising MOCAAPI as a vibrant organization and its activities over the years. Dr. Kolli also invited everyone to come to the upcoming national AAPI convention in Philadelphia July 6-9.

Dr. Raj Bhayani. AAPI. Photo: ITV Gold

Dr. Parikh called it a pleasure to be at the MOCAAPI charity event, describing the organization as one of the ‘most active’ chapters of AAPI. “Its most important activity is philanthropy,” he said, adding that Parikh Worldwide Media was always there to support such initiatives.

Leaders of MOCAAPI, from left, Vice President Dr. Rekha Gohel, President Dr. Sanjay Kumar, and Secretary Dr. Hemangini Shah. Photo: ITV Gold

A social hour was followed by the national anthem, and a warm welcome from MOCAAPI Vice President Dr. Gohel and Secretary Dr. Shah.

MOCAAPI President Dr. Kumar welcomed guests and recalled the history of the organization since its inception in 2003, and its past fundraisers where $500,000 had been raised and donated to various organizations.

Rep. Krishnamoorth in his speech, applauded organizers of the MOCAAPI convention and charity gala. “What MOCAAPI does every day is so important. I want to salute you for who you are and your immigrant roots.” He went on to describe his life journey and the effect of the 1973 recession on his parents. “Thanks to the support of people like you, I am now a 4th-term member of Congress,” he added.

The Rutgers University RAGA Dance group performed vigorous dances during and at the conclusion of the event.

Established by just a few physicians in 2003, MOCAAPI today has more than 400 physicians as members, who live with their families in Ocean and Monmouth Counties, its website says.



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