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Tornado Fundraiser Raises over $15,000
May 23, 2011

In April of 2011 Alabama witnessed a the most severe tornado damage in the history of the state resulting in more than 300 lives lost and property damage worth millions of dollars. This carnage extended over several counties of the state leaving thousands of people homeless and without the basic amenities of life. The Alabama Association of Physicians of Indian origin (aAPI) unanimously voted to share in the sorrow and donate funds to help in the rebuilding efforts of the local communities.

On May 22, 2011 a fundraising event for April tornado/storm damage relief was held at Sitar Restaurant in Huntsville, Alabama. This was sponsored by aAPI whose headquarters is in Huntsville, Alabama. There was a tremendous response with 80 people attending the event with a showering of individual donations ranging from $ 100 to $1000 each. At the end of the evening aAPI had collected over $15,000. Several of members who could not make it to the dinner have mailed their checks. They are optimistic that they will be able to hand over $20,000 to the American Red Cross next week.

Special guests invited for the fundraising event included Ms. Mary Moreillon, Regional Executive Director of the American Red Cross, Dr. John Higginbotham, County disaster liaison from Medical Association of State of Alabama and Ms. Pam Toney, Director of North Alabama Medical Service Corps. They gave a detailed description of the events and the turmoil resulting from the recent disaster and their response and detailed how everyone could assist in being prepared for any future calamities.

This event would not have been successful without team effort. Dr. Shashi Kumar, President of aAPI gives credit to his executive committee to include, Dr. M.S.Arun, Dr. Amit Chakrabarty, Dr. Tarak Vasavada, Dr. TJ Mulpur, Dr. SmitaShah and Dr. Sanjay Agarwal. Saurabh Shah and Kavita Kumar took care of administrative tasks by collecting the checks and donation forms.