The Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont is a non-profit organization, which serves the Asian Indian community through sponsored events, to include cultural, educational and social programs.
The association serves the populations of North Carolina’s Piedmont region. Which includes the counties of Guilford, Forsyth, Alamance, Randolph, Davidson, Rockingham and Cabarrus. The Association welcomes participation by membership, of general public, regardless of their religion or culture.
Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont is the largest Indian organization in Western North Carolina and it’s activities have reached 700 families including Asian Indian and other communities. It was incorporated as nonprofit organization on 1994 and was recognized as tax-exempt organization under 501 (c) (3) in October 1998 by the Internal revenue Service under income tax laws. In 1981 a group of 25 Gujarati families gathered in Greensboro to informally form the Gujarati Samaj Foundation of Piedmont. The association had primary purpose to offer and hold religious and social gatherings.
In 1994 membership grew to over 100 families and formally incorporated to prepare the constitution and the bylaws with the following objectives.
- To bring together the persons interested in preserving and promotion Gujarati culture and literature of India.
- To organize and develop charitable, cultural, religious and educational activities for the interest of it’s members.
- To foster friendship and understanding among it’s members and those of other ethnic, religious and national origin.
- To provide and secure means from members and other resources for educational and medical needs of needy and deserving members of community.
In 1998 the Name Of Association was modified and the Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont and new board of directors and executive committees were appointed to manage the organization. Since then, every year, a number of events have been organized with increasing participation from members and non-members. Some of the specific events held annually by the Association, Which are planed to be repeated each year, are as follows:
- Cultural and religious festivals: Holi celebration, Anand Mela, Annual picnic on Mother’s Day, Health Fair on Father’s Day, Navaratri celebration, Diwali stage show and Diwali dinner have been very popular with the community. More than 800 participants enjoyed the music and dance on the last Saturday of Navaratri in October 2003.
- Youth programs: several plays and other talent shows by Gujarati youth groups. Musical events: Folk dance, Daayaro and concerts by popular artists from India.
- Literary events with famous writers and other talented individuals, Scholarship award to the graduating high school student with the highest SAT score is given every year.
- Health fair on Father’s Day with support from local hospitals, American Red Cross, American Cancer Society and prominent health care providers from our community. Educate health issues to elderly member in Gujarati languages.
- Other events include organization of youth camps, Gujarati classes, senior citizens day and graduation party for high school graduating students. Yoga classes, Gujarati cooking classes.