In Potomac, Md., the non-profit organization Upakar, conferred awards on three outstanding Indian-Americans. Vanita Gupta will be the 2004 Upakar Community Ambassador. She is assistant counsel to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in New York and was responsible recently for a major civil rights victory gaining freedom for 35 wrongfully convicted African-Americans in Tulia, Texas.
Priti Desai of East Carolina received a special Upakar Community Service Award for her contributions to child wellness in the United States and worldwide.
Anisha Gupta, a high school junior from Cupertino, Calif. was recognized for her dedicated volunteer service helping the homeless.
By recognizing these outstanding individuals as an inspiration to their peers and the rest of the community, Upakar aims to foster and further excellence and support within the Indian-American community.