2018: On March 24, Promila and Shambhu Banik attended Montgomery College Foundation's Scholarship Recognition Luncheon in Bethesda, MD.


Promila Banik with the President of Montgomery College, Dr. ReRionne Pollard.


Promila and Shambu Banik with Mr. Stuart Tart, Corporate and Foundation Relations Director, Office of Advancement and Community Engagement, Montgomery College.

2018: Karuna cooked and served food at the Embry Rucker Shelter in Reston, VA on February 20.

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2018: NCAIA (HQs in VA) Lifetime Achievement Award for Amrit Kalotra, Karuna President

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2017: Karuna Members Attended the Universities at Shady Grove's (USG) 8th Annual Scholarship & Donor Recognition Luncheon


Amrit Kalotra, Mara Puri, and Rohini Khera.


Amrit Kalotra and Rohini Khera with Stuart Edelstein, Associate Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, USM & ED of USG.


 Mara Puri with Stuart Edelstein, Associate Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, USM & ED of USG.


2017: Karuna Diwali Gala Pictures

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2016: Karuna Diwali Gala Pictures








2011: Karuna and UDC Partnership

Karuna Charities received an invitation from the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) to attend its 160th Anniversary Kickoff Gala on Saturday, January 29th at the Andrew W. Mellow Auditorium in Washington D.C.  Mrs. Jasbir Sethi, Vice-President and Treasurer of Karuna Charities, accompanied by Dr. Baljeet Sethi, represented Karuna Charities at the event.  During the course of the evening, members of the university community mingled with the District leaders in government, law, business and philanthropy. Speakers included President Sessoms, Board Chair Askew and Mayor Vincent Gray.

Felicia H. Brant, Executive Director, Executive Director, Institutional Advancement, University System of the District of Columbia wrote asking Karuna to be a donor/sponsor for the event: “As discussed, the 160 Gala event was wonderful and it was a pleasure to have Karuna Charities represented… The Brick Campaign (Karuna will be recognized by having one brick engraved with its name at the University's Founders' Common within the Van Ness Plaza) is expected to kickoff in the Spring and we will contact you regarding the brick reserved for Karuna Charities.  As we are celebrating 160 years of achievement and scholarships, proceeds are for student scholarships.  We have so much to be thankful for and we are very honored to have Karuna Charities as a sponsor and partner in the important work that we both share”.

On April 8, 2011, The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) organized a President’s Reception as part of their 160th Anniversary celebrations to thank donors for their contribution and support.  The function was held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.

From left to right: Sangita Kalotra; Felicia Brant, Executive Director, Institutional Advancement, UDC; Rohini Khera, Karuna Charities Member; Manish Khera,  Amrit Kalotra, President Karuna Charities; and Dr. Allen Sessoms, President of UDC.

2011: Karuna Volunteers

Community service, May 14, 2011: From Virginia, a group of members and volunteers cooked an Indian meal for a Shelter in Reston, Virginia.  The menu included the very popular chicken curry and peas pulao, tasty vegetable kofta curry, mixed vegetables and fresh salad.  Four varieties of ice cream, sodas, juices and milk were also served.    The 70 guests had a very satisfying and happy time. One enthusiastic Karuna volunteer exclaimed “Can we do this again soon?”

Karuna Charities Washington Inc., is looking for volunteers to plan and conduct meal preparation community service.  To volunteer, please contact Bina Dhir (301) 229-8392.

2010: Karuna Volunteers

Karuna friends preparing food for a DC shelter on June 19th, 2010.


2009: Karuna Scholarships Established in UDC

Karuna  board members established a scholarship for needy students at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC)

2007-2008: Montgomery College, Maryland

Karuna board members formalized the Montgomery College, Maryland Karuna Scholarship award.

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Montgomery College 2007-2008 Scholarship Announcement


2006-2007: NVCC, Virginia

Karuna established a Karuna Charities Scholarship for needy students through the Northern Virginia Community College Educational Foundation. 

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Northern Virginia Community College 2006-2007 Scholarship Announcement


2005: Katrina

Karuna Board Members presenting a check to Governor Bobby Jindal for the Louisiana Katrina flood relief efforts

1999: Connie Morella

Chief Guest Connie Morella spoke at the Karuna Diwali Gala