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 Anaheim, CAJune 02, 2014,
NRIpress-Club/ Dr. N. Shah/Ramesh/Gary Singh                                                                                   

On Sunday, June 1, 2014, Founding Partners the City of Anaheim, Anekant Community Center, and GBS Linens, Inc., hosted a highly successful Eighth Annual Free Anaheim Health Fair at the Anaheim Convention Center. More than 900 people took advantage of this year’s event for their health and well-being.

 Over 35 doctors, more than 20 dentists, and health care professionals all donated their time at this free one-day event, assisted by more than 250 volunteers. A partial list of the services offered included: Physical exams (vital signs and screenings); dental services (fillings of cavities and extractions); heart checks (EKG); cholesterol (lipid profile), diabetes (glucose) and anemia (hemoglobin) blood tests; bone strength measurement (bone density); women’s services (mammograms); chiropractic and acupuncture services; tattoo removal; and voluntary bone marrow donor program sign-ups. Overall, approximately, 700 blood tests, 87 bone density assessments, 33 mammograms, and more than 100 EKGs were performed.

 The idea of bringing a “free” health fair to the City of Anaheim was first proposed in 2007 to Former Anaheim Mayor Pro Tem Harry Sidhu by Pravin Mody - Founder and Chairman of Anaheim-based GBS Linens, Inc., and Dr. Nitin Shah in association with Anekant Community Center. This formed the groundwork for what has now become an important annual event in the City of Anaheim. Co-Chairs for this year’s health fair were once again Anaheim City Council Members Jordan Brandman and Gail Eastman.

 During a Special Recognition Program, the following key partners and sponsors were acknowledged and thanked: Founding Partner City of Anaheim; Founding Partner Anekant Community Center; Grand Sponsor GBS Linens, Inc.; Event Partner Lestonnac Free Clinic; AltaMed; Anaheim Ducks and Honda Center; Anaheim Fire & Rescue; Anaheim Public Utilities; Anaheim Resort Transportation; Angels™ Baseball; ARAMARK, C2Reprographics; CalOptima; CARE Ambulance; FREEMAN; Jean and Bill O’Connell; Kaiser Permanente®; Dr. Jasvant Modi; Mohammad Abdo dba Hot 7 Wholesale; Newman Garrison + Partners; Orange County Vector Control; Orange County Water District; Orin Abrams/THE CLUBHOUSE at Anaheim Hills Golf Course; Republic Services; Sarva Mangal Family Trust; Southern California Tamil Organization; UC Irvine Health; Watt Companies; West Anaheim Medical Center; Veda Circle; Yellow Cab of Greater Orange County.

 In the words of Founding Partner Dr. Nitin Shah: “Why do free health fairs? Because health is the best wealth one can ever have. And, why volunteer? Because real happiness comes from helping a stranger.” Founding Partner Pravin Mody of Grand Sponsor GBS Linens, Inc., and Former Anaheim Mayor Pro Tem Harry Sidhu, both expressed their “very special thanks” to all who continue to ensure the continuation of this important community event in Anaheim.

 Council Member Jordan Brandman stated that “it was an honor to once again Co-Chair this year’s event with Council Member Gail Eastman promoting health and well-being in the community at the wonderful new location of the Anaheim Convention Center.” He also extended thanks and appreciation to Dr. Shah, Pravin Mody, and Former Mayor Pro Tem Sidhu “for their unified vision of establishing this health fair to give back to those in need.” Council Member Gail Eastman described “how this remarkable event has helped so many.”

 Speaking on behalf of all event volunteers, Deepak (DJ) Jhaveri acknowledged the hardworking efforts of every medical and non-medical volunteer, particularly the efforts of Dr. Nitin Shah in organizing free medical service assistance events throughout the world. Anekant Community Center President Kantilal Shah also discussed upcoming medical camps which the group will be working on this year.                                                                    

Main volunteer coordinators and team leaders included: Founding Partners Dr. Nitin Shah and Pravin Mody; Dipak Patel; Siva Subramanium; Deepak (DJ) Jhaveri; Arun Arya; Niranjan Bhatt; Bala Palanisamy; Karen Dennis; Jon Gilwee; Subbu Shanmugham; Purnima Karia; Adhir Shah; Viren Shah; Dr. Ramesh Kothari; Kumar Natarajan; Deepak & Harsha Shah.

 Among the special guests attending this year’s event were: Harry Sidhu, Former Anaheim Mayor Pro Tem and Orange County Water District Director representing Anaheim; Dr. Nagendra, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineer, and NASA Scientist, who is the Founder of S.V.Y.A.S.A. University in Bangalore, India, which strives to cure illnesses such as diabetes through yoga and diet; Manu and Rika Shah, accompanied by their son Rupesh and his wife Mona, on behalf of Sarva Mangal Family Trust; Peter Chen, M.D., V.P., Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation; William Keh, CEO, Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation; Anaheim Deputy City Manager Greg Garcia; Anaheim Fire Department Chief Randy Bruegman; Anaheim Chief of Police Raul Quezada; Ed Gerber, Executive Dir., Lestonnac Free Clinic; Jon Gilwee, FACHE, Executive Director, Government Affairs, UC Irvine Health; Scott Kelly, Assistant Area Director Public Affairs, Kaiser Permanente; and Calvin Sung, Representative from the Office of Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva