New York: United Sherpa Association, the umbrella organization of Nepalese Sherpas in the USA, and the Humanitarians of the World, Inc. organized ‘COVID-19 Champion Award and Dinner Gala 2020’ on Saturday, October 24th, 2020, to honor community heroes who have been making an exceptional contribution in combating the global pandemic in New York City.
During the event organized at the temple of United Sherpa Association, Inc. Jackson Heights, Queens, the President of United Sherpa Association Mr. Urgen Sherpa and Founder of Humanitarians of the World Inc. Dr. Adul Hussain shared stories of their instrumental charity work in supporting New Yorkers to fight the pandemic.
United Sherpa Association has been distributing face masks, gloves, hand sanitizers, Tylenol, thermometers and thousands of meals to needy, homeless, and hungry people at the temple since the pandemic out-break in the world’s most happening city. The volunteers of the United Sherpa Association delivered PPEs and groceries to over 800 Covid-19 infected families. Similarly, the Humanitarians of the World Inc has been providing food and necessities to thousands of people in the Elmhurst area, specifically, and throughout the five Boroughs of NYC, in general. Speaking as the Keynote speaker the Queens Borough District Attorney, Malinda Katz said, “the job you have done is the best job in this hard time and will never be forgotten.” She praised both organizations for their remarkable community service.
Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee praised the United Sherpa Association and Humanitarians of the World Inc and presented them with citations.Council Member Daniel Dromm said United Sherpa Association is leading by example and said he is proud to have the United Sherpa Association in his district. He also presented citations to both organizations and honored the top volunteers of United Sherpa Association with certificates.
Catalina Cruz, New York State Assembly member appreciated the job done by both organizations to help the families infected by Covid-19. “When fear and need was everywhere you stepped up for the humanity,” she said.State Assemblyman Jaffrion Aubry presented President Urgen Sherpa and Dr. Adal Hussain with proclamations from the New York Stare Assembly. State Senator Jessica Ramos, newly elected Assembly member Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas and other elected officials were there to praise the champions. The award was distributed to Melinda Katz, Queens District Attorney, Grace Meng, US Representative, District- 6 NY, Catalina Cruz, Member of New York State Assembly- District 39, Jeffrion L. Aubry, Member of New York State Assembly- District- 35, Jessica Ramos, New York State Senator, Daniel Dromm, New York City Council Member, District 25, Costa Constantinides, New York City Council Member- District 22, Jessica Gonzalez Rojas, Member, New York State Assembly- District 34 and Urgen Shrepa and Dr. Adal Hussain- Co-Organizers of the eventSimilarly, the organiser has honoured, Israel Roche, CEO, Elmhurst Hospital, Department of Nursing, Elmhurst Hospital, Department of Emergency, Elmhurst Hospital, Department of Executive Administration and Pulmonary, Medicine/Critical Care.
Meanwhile, special award was presented to Jean Shafiroff, Philanthropist/ humanitarian, Alba Lucia Yepees, T. centi-citi Church, Mohammed Pier, Philanthropist, Farida Yesmin, Community Leader and Rev Bruce Grodner, Interfaith Leader.Likewise, community award was distributed to Pemba G. Sherpa, Trustee Co-Ordinator, Phurba Sherpa, Vice President United Sherpa Association, Karma Lama, General Secretary, United Sherpa Association, Sonam G. Sherpa, Founding President, United Sherpa Association & the Co-Chair of Covid-19 Relief Campaign, Tenzing Norgey Sherpa FoundationDrukpa USA Atoms Inc, Singapore Gurkha Police Ex-Servicemen Association, Nepalese America Nurse Association (NANA ) among others.