ಬೃಂದಾವನ ಚಾರಿಟಿ / BRINDAVANA CHARITY

Donation to Shankara Cancer Foundation 
Maitri tanda decided to support Shankara Cancer Foundation, raised and donated $1600/- by organizing Swara Saneevini by superstar singers, Rajesh Krishnan, Ramya Vasisht & Shamita Malnad.

Donation to Red Cross North America 
To support local communities who are in need and we had donated $500/- to Red Cross North America

Donation to Samatharana 
Maitri tanda selected Samatharana to support and donated $1250. ($1000 from Bridavana and one of members paid $250 directly to Samathara during our fund raising event)

 Donation to Help Foundation 
Maitri tanda selected Help Foundation to support and raised and donated $300/-

Donation to Local Communities (Coat and Food Drive) 
We had organized a successful coat and food drive and donated all the collection to Red Cross.

Hurricane SANDY Relief Drive 
Maitri tanda in coordination with other kannada organizations has come together in an enormous effort to help Hurricane Sandy victims across the tri-state area. With the combined effort, we are able to collect fifty boxes of cloths, food and other basic essentials for the Hurricane Sandy victims.
On Sunday November, 11th, we had donated all the collected items to, “Legion of Good Will”charity organization for immediate distribution to Hurricane Sandy victims.

C.N.Rajan Memorial Charitable Trust 
On today’s event, we are planning to raise fund for C.N.Rajan Memorial Charitable Trust, Bangalore. Which is actively involved in distribution of books, equipping library, conducting workshops, etc in government schools and also address issues related to health and hygiene in girl students. Maitri tanda sincerely consider that these are the most essential factors in building the future of children.

Charity Drive during Vasanthotsava 2011 
Executive Committee for the upcoming Vasanthotsava Celebration decided to make Red Cross and Akshaya Patra as the target charity organizations, to raise money towards the recent tornado outbreak and mid-day meals for school children in India respectively

Brindavana hosted AKKA 2010: Sept 3-5, 2010 in Raritan Center, NJ 
AKKA 2010 was successfully hosted by Brindavana in Raritan Center, NJ from Sept 3-5, 2010. Akshaya patra Foundation was the the principle charity for the mega-event, where more than $25,000 was raised towards the cause.

Flute concert for Flood victims: On 31st October 2009 
Brindavana raised $2,200 to build a house for the needy when there was flood in India. Brindavana arranged a flute concert to raise money for the flood victims

Akshaya Patra Foundation: 
For its next term, Brindavana's executive team selected Akshaya Patra foundation as its principle charity organization. The foundation provides school children across India with freshly cooked mid-day meals on all school days. These meals act as an incentive to bring children back to school as well as provide nourishment. It costs $28 to feed a child for an entire year. Brindavana had set a target of 100 students, but exceeded that number within the first 2 cultural events of the year.

Can Drive: On 12/20/ 2008 
Brindavana organized a successful can drive and donated 113.5 lbs. of food to Franklin Food Bank, NJ.

AKKA 2008: August 29, 30 and 31 at the Roseland Convention Center, Chicago 
AKKA is a umbrella group of all sister Kannada organizations like Brindavana in North America which organizes a grand event once every 2 years. AKKA co-hosts the event with one of the organizations. Brindavana participated in this event and sponsored its own float in the parade. Brindavana raised $420/- and donated it to its principal charity 'Sankara Eye foundation'

Brindavana Vihara (Outdoor Picnic): On Aug 8 2008, Duke Island Park, Bridgewater, NJ 
Brindavana selected 'Sankara Eye foundation' as the principal charity for the first year of the new executive team's term. During the event which was replete with fun, food and games, Brindavana raised $580/- towards the principle charity. http://www.giftofvision.org

Coat Drive: On 2007 
Brindavana organized a successful coat drive and donated all the collection to Jersey Cares Coat Drive.

Ganesha Puja: 2007 at Durga Mandir, Princeton, NJ 
A successful can drive was organized to help the Franklin Township Food Bank whose mission is to reach out to the community and provide food and assistance to people in need in an atmosphere of dignity and respect.

Coat Drive: On November 18 2006 
Brindavana organized a successful coat drive and donated all the collection to Jersey Cares Coat Drive

Ganesha Puja: September 16th 2006 at Durga Mandir, Princeton, NJ 
A successful can drive was organized to help the Franklin Township Food Bank whose mission is to reach out to the community and provide food and assistance to people in need in an atmosphere of dignity and respect.

Children's day/Deepavali - Festival of lights: On December 10 2005 at the Bridgewater Temple NJ 
Coinciding with the first anniversary of Brindavana and the cultural festival of Deepavali (a festival of lights), Brindavana held a cultural event. A successful coat-drive was also organized during this event to help local shelters.

Samarthanam: On August 2005: Dance concert to benefit visually impaired children at the Bridgewater Temple, NJ 
Samarthanam is a residential school for the visually impaired children in Bangalore - India. All proceeds, $4016, was donated to Samarathanam. http://www.samarthanam.org

United Nations Foundation: On April 4 2005: Tsunami relief 
Heeding to the call for immediate relief following the deadly Tsunami , Brindavana raised and donated $1250 to United Nations Foundation.

Asha Walk a thon on 8/20/05 
Brindavana team represented by 14 people and each of the participants raised money for the Asha Foundation. Walk a thon was held at New York City in Riverside park.

Inauguration: On December 5th 2004 @ Bridgewater Temple, NJ 
The first cultural event was held with a lot of fanfare. The first office bearers were introduced and the Mission, Vision, Objectives as well as the Constitution was first revealed to the members. This was followed by a series of activities presented on the stage by children and adults alike. A grand dinner put in the finishing touches for a fun-filled evening.

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