Gift of Life Gala 2022 supports the “specially disabled” | SehndeWeb

Gift of Life USA founders Flora, Paresh and Dr. Harshil Parekh along with Kanak Golia, Sunil Jain, Shashi Malik, Purnima & Tejal Desai, Kamlesh & Mrudula Parekh, Amarish Kachhy, winners, sponsors and supporters. Photo: Gift of Life USA

The non-profit organization Gift of Life USA held its annual gala this past weekend of April 24, 2022, with the theme “Memberless Wings” followed by the unique message of “Celebrate Life”.

Gift of Life USA was founded by Paresh, Flora, and Dr. Harshil Parekh, with the goal of helping “people with special disabilities and fostering acceptance and empathy, bridging the gap between the different communities that make up our society,” the organization said in a press release.

Winners – Matias Ferreira, Double Amputee Suffolk County Police Officer, Amputee Athlete Amy Palmiero – Winters with Founders Flora, Paresh and Harshil Parekh. Photo: Gift of Life USA

The gala highlighted the organization’s work over the years – championing, supporting and raising awareness of the exceptional talent and drive of several distinguished individuals of varying abilities with various disorders – autism, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, Spraying, visual and auditory Impaired, etc.

Honored Sheila Carpenter – Honored by Naveen Shah – Navika Capital, VTNY President Anil Shah, Rotary 7255, Paresh, Flora, Masters of Ceremonies Dr Harshil and Heeta Thakkar. Photo: Gift of Life USA
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“Their different abilities didn’t stop them from achieving the impossible,” the press release reads. The Gala allows sponsors, donors and supporters to meet the beneficiaries they will support and see their talents for themselves.

Celebrate Life_Party Time!! at the Gift of Life USA gala the weekend of April 24, 2022. Photo: Gift of Life USA

Hosted by Dr. Harshil Parekh and Heeta Thakkar, the gala championed, raised awareness and honored the support of their very own Suffolk County Police Officer, Double Amputee, Matias Ferreira and 14 World Records plus 3 Guinness Books Records Maker Amputee Athlete Amy Palmiero-Winters” who are true role models with the message that “Life Without Limbs Is Limitless”.

Hosts Dr Harshil Parekh and Heeta Thakkar with Paresh, Flora, AIA President Harish Thakkar and singer Varsha Joshi. Photo: Gift of Life USA

Sheila Carpenter, honored for epileptic kidney donation, delivered a confident message about donating a kidney and saving lives.

The event began with a patriotic national anthem by FREE Ensemble followed by a kick-off to “Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav” tribute to India’s 75 years of independence by Jagdish Sewhani.

Artists with autism and Down syndrome at the annual gala on April 24, 2022. Photo: Gift of Life USA

The live performance of the young and energetic dancer Angel, as well as the vocals of Varsha Joshi and Group shook the ground. Trustees Shashi Malik, Kamlesh & Mrudula Parekh, Amarish Kachhy, Neela Pandya and with the blessings of Purnima and Tejal Desai, welcomed and thanked several presidents of organizations, community leaders, sponsors, supporters for their continued support year after year . Directors Kalpana Patel and Mayur Dalal have shared their distant wishes. Kaul Photography has created memories with their photographs.

Purnima and Tejal Desai honor amputee athlete Amy Palmeiro-Winters on April 24, 2022 at the annual gala. Photo: Gift of Life USA

The organizers thanked everyone who helped make this event a success.

The organization conducts various programs and activities, namely, “Save a Child” Support, “We are Special” Talent & Skill Recognition, “Health & Education”, “Awareness”, “College Scholarships for “Differently-Abled” and ” Service Dog Support Program’. The organization awards scholarships to students with autism who attend college, promotes and showcases the talents of people with disabilities, and generally helps the community with special needs in health and education and much more.

Jagdish Sewhani launches Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav with founders Flora and Paresh on April 24, 2022 at the annual gala. Photo: Gift of Life USA

Besides fighting social stigma by raising awareness of different disorders, the real strength of Gift of Life USA lies in the funding and support it gives to people with these various physical and mental disorders, the founders said and urged the Indian-American community to embrace and share the organization’s vision of acceptance and compassion for people with disabilities.

Gold chain and gold pendant for raffle. Photo: Gift of Life USA

For donations and more information, visit our website at www.giftoflifeus.org.

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