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Fund Raising program : Vrindavana Preservation Society

Vrindavana Preservation Society


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To: WHDH, WCVB, WBZ, WFXT, WLVI, WSBK, NECN, WHBH, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, India New England, Daily Times Chronicle, Reading Advocate, Patriot Ledger, Harvard Pilgrim Heath Care, Venetian Moon Restaurant, Prospective Supporting Organizations, and VPS Members

From: Keshav Shukla, Vrindavana Preservation Society President and

Nicholas Cavallo, Vrindavana Preservation Society Treasurer

CC: Venkata Dayanandan, VPS Chennai Organizer

Date: 1/12/2005

Re: VPS Tsunami Relief Project and Upcoming Venetian Moon Fundraiser – Monday, January 17

This upcoming Monday, January 17, 2005, the Vrindavana Preservation Society, a Quincy-based non-profit, volunteer organization will attend a fundraiser to be held at the Venetian Moon Restaurant, 680 Main Street, Reading, MA. You are all invited to attend. The fundraiser will begin at 5:00 pm and continue until midnight. Media is encouraged to arrive prior. The fundraiser brings together the efforts of these two groups. For direction please call Venetian Moon at (781)944-3633

In response to the Tsunami disaster, the Vrindavana Preservation Society has held a number of gatherings expressing the organization’s distress surrounding the natural disaster two weeks ago. A moment of silence was held to honor those who were affected, including some friends and family of the primarily Indian VPS members. The gatherings were covered be a number of Boston network news channels and the Patriot Ledger in Quincy. After receiving encouragement and support from members, VPS has decided to organize a trip to Chennai to participate directly in the relief efforts. Since committing to the effort, VPS has been happy with the overwhelming support from it’s member in the form of monetary donations. Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare has also come forward as a corporate sponsor. There is also one other large company expressing their interest to support VPS as well.

In a seemingly unrelated story, the Venetian Moon Restaurant, an Italian restaurant in Reading announced last week that it would donate all the revenue generated on Monday January 17, 2005 to an, as of then, undecided charity organization, to aid in the relief efforts is Asia. This story was covered a couple Boston network news stations.

The Venetian Moon Restaurant is owned and operated by Carmen and Anthony Cavallo. Unbeknownst to them, their son Nicholas Cavallo was also planning a trip to volunteer personally in Chennai as Treasurer of the VPS. Earlier this week, after exchanging stories, the Venetian Moon Restaurant has chosen to donate all the revenue generated this Monday to the Vrindavana Preservation Society. It is for this event that we invite you attend.

Below is an overview of the project planning currently underway by volunteers and the contact information for VPS and the Venetian Moon Restaurant.

On January 28th, Keshav Shukla – VPS President, Dennis Kelley – VPS Vice President, Nicholas Cavallo – VPS Treasurer, and Charran Mahadeo – VPS Member, will depart to India for 5 weeks. They are planning to meet several officers from the Vrindavana Chapter of VPS, and several VPS members in Chennai to begin their Tsunami relief efforts.

With the help of VPS members in Chennai, primarily Venkata Dayanandan, VPS has actively planning the precise activities that will take place. Pending the follow-up from a meeting that occurred on January 11, VPS has decided to engage in two main efforts. First it hope to engage in immediate services including, but not limited to: mass distribution of heath information flyers, mass distribution of khitchri (lentil and vegetable rice) and/or other meals, and collaboration with local hospitals for immediate medical needs. Concurrently, VPS will continue it’s current efforts to locate appropriate projects run by the LOCAL community and a select few longer term restoration efforts. Further details will be outlined in an official project plan that will be sign-off by the VPS board of directors sometime before January 28.

VPS has participated in a number of volunteer effort in Vrindavana, India in the past, including: extensive restoration of historical centers (with the help of the Indian Archeological Department), distribution of clothing and supplied to local sewer cleaners (in an effort to change common perception of such citizens as “untouchables”) and commencement of a long term project to create a 5-acre botanical garden exhibiting the lands original natural beauty.

100% of all donations received at the Venetian Moon or any other donations received as part of the Tsunami fundraising or intended by the donator for use in the Tsunami disaster will be directly utilized for the upcoming Tsunami relief project in South India. Donations will NOT be utilized for any personal expenses incurred by VPS members on their trip including food, lodging and transportation.


VENETIAN MOON RESTAURANT

680 Main Street

Reading, MA

(781)944-3633

Contact person: Anthony Cavallo

(cell) – 781-953-9919



VRINDAVANA PRESERVATION SOCIETY

226 Billings Street

Quincy, MA 02171

www.vps-international.org


Contact person: Keshav Shukla

keshav@vps-international.org


Contact person: Nicholas Cavallo

nick_vps@yahoo.com

(cell) – (617)791-2892

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