Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia, PA

The Tamil community in Greater Philadelphia area (comprising of Philadelphia area, Delaware and south Jersey) started the TNF chapter on August 6, 2006 with EEGAI PERUVIZHA, a fund raiser to benefit abandoned mentally challenged children at Anbalayam in Sirkali. Y Gee Mahendra’s hilarious comedy “Kathalikka Neramundu” helped raise about $15,000 to buy 3 grounds of land in Sirkali to build a new home which for generations will help care for these children.

The 2006 charity event set the momentum for the Chapter’s subsequent growth which includes hosting the TNF’s 35th National Convention, attended by about 1500 delegates, in 2010. The convention proceeds were used to pilot the now successful and broadly implemented TNF-ABC educational initiative.

Current Officers

ChairPerson
Chinna Chinnakaruppan 
Ph: (908) 723 7885
phillytnfchapter@gmail.com

Vice ChairPerson
AP Senthil Nathan
ap.senthil.nathan@gmail.com

Secretary
Ranjani Mahadevan
isaikoel@yahoo.com

Treasurer
Soundaram Somasundaram
som48346@yahoo.com

Committee Members:

Gunachandran Shanmugam
gunashanm@gmail.com

Parvathi Shanmugam
athi.shanmugam@gmail.com

Aruna Ram
arunaram1@yahoo.com

Gynanasabai SMPalaniappan
smgynani@yahoo.com

Past Chairperson
Somalay Somasundaram

tnf.philly@gmail.com

Project Updates

Past Events

July 24. Dancing for a Cause – Abirami Murugadoss dedicated her arangetram to TNF projects and heped raise $8,800.  Congratulations to Abirami and thanks to Murugadoss family for their continued support to TNF projects.

 

October 15. Charity Festival.  Mega Star Night with Tamil, Telugu and Hindi songs. October 15, 2016. 3 P.M. East High School, 450 Ellis Lane, West Chester, PA 19380. View the event flyers below.

REGISTER NOW ONLINE: http://tnfusa.org/philadelphia-charity-festival/

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2015:
October 3. Charity Festival to feed and care for orphaned special needs children. October 3, 2015. 5 P.M. Stetson Middle School, 1060 Wilmington Pike (Route 202), West Chester, PA. View the event flyers here: Program Flyer PDFCharity Workshop for Children and Youth flyer.
Register Online

8K Express Press Coverage

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Thendral Magazine Coverage

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Children and Youth Charity Workshop Coverage by Thendral Magazine

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Raised $50,000 and set up a corpus fund administered by TNF Chennai.  Interest generated will be used to feed and care for about 60 orphaned special needs children at Anbalayam in Sirkali.

2014: May 31. Charity Festival. Mr. Lena Tamilvanan’s speech and PANCHATHANDIRAM drama by Stage Friends (USA). Raised $ 24,263.96 to uplift abandoned mentally challenged children in Tamil Nadu. View the flyer PDFs, Flyer 1 and Flyer 2 here.

2010: May 28-31. TNF’s 35th National Convention at the Valley Forge Convention Center, King of Prussia, PA. Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between TNF and the Government of Tamil Nadu to focus on enhancing school education in Tamil Nadu. About 1,500 delegated attended the three day convention filled with cultural, social and humanitarian activities.

2008: November 9. Vismaya -A multimedia theater production on Indian culture by Kanniks Kannikeswaran. Program helped raise funds to build science laboratories at Kasthurba Gandhi Kanya Gurukulam, a school and home for orphan and underprivileged girls in Vedaraniam. View the Program Flyer PDF here.

2006:
August 6. Eegai Peruvizha, Charity Festival. Y Gee drama to bring awareness about abandoned special needs children in Sirkali. View the Program Flyer PDF here.

October 1. Joint Trek-A-Thon with Gertrude S. Lane Foundation. Ridley Creek State Park, Media, PA. Funds raised for “Benches for Bindhus” a project to build unity and self-esteem among Tamil girls in Bommidi, Dharmapuri district. View a PDF review here.

 

 

 

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