NEW YORK (TIP): In keeping with its theme, “Building a Better Community, One Step at a Time,” the BAPS Charities 16th annual walkathon was held on Sunday, June 28, 2015 in New York City, NY. Over 425 members of the community participated in this year’s walkathon.

Coming together to walk for a singular purpose, participants of all ages joined hands and raised funds to support this year’s local beneficiary, Huntington Social Services Institute.

“Walking for a community organization is a worthwhile and rewarding experience,” said Pritam Shah, BAPS Volunteer. “Being able to organize and bring to fruition this kind of event is always an exciting opportunity for BAPS Charities. Walkathons unite members of the community, no matter the age, to serve other causes. The enthusiasm behind this event is really the driving force to ensuring the success of the today’s event”

“Not only is it amazing how everyone can come together to support one cause, it is also great to walk with others who believe in giving to build a better community,” said Nilesh Desai, Walkathon Project Lead of BAPS Charities, NYC. “Benefiting an organization that helps and mentors our children is a great way to bring the community together, and getting a chance to walk with a big group of people who feel the same way”

Huntington Social Services Institute has local roots that aims to provide services to members of the entire community. “We are glad to be part of giving back to our community and supporting such an excellent organization that helps all in our communities.” said Kalpesh Patel of Jackson Heights, Queens.

In attendance at this year’s BAPS Charities Walkathon were NYC Councilman Peter Koo. “I am very happy to join you in this very meaningful and wonderful walk with BAPS” stated Councilman Koo.

With many centers participating in similar walks across North America, this is just one of many initiatives that BAPS Charities takes to support local communities. Throughout the year, BAPS Charities hosts medical fairs, education and career development seminars, blood drives and much more. BAPS Charities sincerely serves the community, by improving the quality of life of individuals and families. For information, please visit