Diversity Coalition to celebrate 20th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner and Diversity & Peace Award ceremony on November 20, 2021.

Branchburg, N.J. – Rotary Club of Branchburg and The Somerset County Cultural Diversity Coalition (SCCDC) will be hosting its 20th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner and Awards presentation. Several outstanding individuals and organizations who have promoted peace and diversity in Somerset County will be receiving the 20th Annual Diversity and Peace Award.

The awards will be presented at the Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner on Saturday, November 20, 5:30 p.m. at Raritan Valley Community College in the Conference Center, Route 28 in North Branch. Members of the public are invited to attend.

“The mission of the Coalition is to strive for greater awareness and respect for for all people in our community” said Dr. Tulsi R. Maharjan, chair of the SCCDC Coalition. “And it seems appropriate that we recognize people and groups that value and promote peace and diversity as we celebrate our 20th annual Interfaith Thanksgiving dinner and awards ceremony. We invite people of all faiths and cultural backgrounds to come and celebrate with us.”

Dr. Tulsi R. Maharjan, Chair SCCDC, PDG Rotary District 7475

“We invite everyone to share a special Thanksgiving meal and celebrate the service of gratitude,” said Dr. Maharjan. “Prayers will be offered by local representatives of the Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Jain, Shinto, Native American and Sikh communities.”

At this special event the Rotary club of Branchburg will be donating $100,000 to various veterans organizations. According to club President Jodi DiPane-Saleem “We are very happy to be able to partner with various veterans organizations to help homeless veterans as well as any veterans who need additional help.

Our keynote speaker will be Mr. Subarna Malakar, who is a Veteran as well as the Head of the Diversity and Inclusion of the Sanofi Pharmaceutical North America.

If you would like to attend the dinner and award presentations, you are asked to register in advance online at https://conta.cc/3mXzdFg or emailing at trm7510@gmail.com. A donation of $25 is requested, with proceeds benefiting our annual humanitarian missions to Nepal and Columbia as well as our Global Action program to bring 5 youth volunteers from Nepal to further promote peace and understanding.

The event is being hosted by Raritan Valley Community College Rotaract Club. We are seeking corporate and community sponsors for this 20th anniversary celebration.

2021 Diversity Award recipients

Community Service Award: Lions International District 16J Governor Varsha Naik


Volunteer Service Award: Ruth Nortje, Horses for Forces

US President’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Ms. Kabina Singh for her 15 years of community service.

US President’s Lifetime Achievement Award
Mr. Ram Malakar
for his 40 years of dedicated service to his community.

US. President’s Gold Award Recepinets – Marcus M. Karna, for volunteering his time for many social causes and

Aaron Basnyet for setting up All4Ball non profit.

Aaron with Nepalese children who he tutored from US>

For more information about the dinner call (908) 369-4318.

Visit http://www.sccdiversity.com for more information about the Coalition and Rotary club of Branchburg if you like to volunteer in our community.

Published by trm7510

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