IN5PIRE Benefit Concert held at Parsippany High School

IN5PIRE - A benefit concert

PARSIPPANY — IN5PIRE Benefit Concert was held at Parsippany High School on Sunday, November 19. The evening was filled with music, dance and learning.

IN5PIRE is a collaborative effort lead by girls from multiple high schools to support five different organizations: Think Sharp, Surgeons of Hope, Operation Smile, StepUP and FIRMC (Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children). All proceeds were donated to the organizations.

Councilwoman Loretta Gragnani, Councilman Michael DePierro, Sunisha Busarajan and Shreenidhi Katikaneni and Council President Louis Valori
Sunisha Busarajan and Shreenidhi Katikaneni were representing FIMRC

FIMRC is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health of families in the developing world through the implementation of innovative and self-sustainable health improvement programs. Through its network of outpatient clinics and partnerships, FIMRC asserts a multidimensional strategy that includes clinical services, extensive community outreach efforts and health education programs.

FIMRC is a self-sustainable organization with project related funding provided from business operations – the Global Health Volunteer Program engages approximately 900 individuals annually who volunteer their time abroad and make a contribution in exchange for the experience FIMRC provides. Over 90% of FIMRC’s revenue is derived from our volunteer program, therefore funding our project sites across the globe.

FIMRC was founded in 2002, is incorporated in Washington, DC and headquartered in Philadelphia, PA.  The FIMRC team includes over 3,000 dedicated staff and volunteers worldwide who provide the leadership and support necessary to achieve our mission of improving access to health care for children in underserved communities. For more information or to make a donation, click here.

Operation Smile was founded in 1982 when Dr. William (Bill) P. Magee, Jr., a plastic surgeon, and his wife, Kathleen (Kathy), a nurse and clinical social worker, traveled to the Philippines with a group of medical volunteers to repair children’s cleft lips and cleft palates.

What they found was overwhelming. “People pushed their babies at us.” recalls Kathy. “They tugged at our sleeves with tears in their eyes and begged us to help their children.” In Naga City, approximately 300 families arrived hoping their children would receive surgery, but the team could only treat 40 children. As they prepared to leave, the Magees made a promise they would return to help more children.

They began soliciting donations of surgical equipment and supplies from manufacturers, threw themselves into grassroots fundraising and assembled a volunteer team of 18 doctors, nurses and technicians for their own medical mission to the Philippines.  They helped approximately 100 more patients, but again, hundreds still waited. For more information or to make a donation, click here.

Thinksharp Foundation is a registered non-profit organisation started in 2011.

At Thinksharp Foundation, they believe that every child has a right for better education and that he/she should have opportunity to access what they deserve.

Thinksharp Foundation is running Project “StudyMall” – Read and Learn in various villages of Maharashtra.

Providing a progressive learning environment for the community fostering academic and non- academic talents in a dynamic competitive world.

Empower rural communities by providing infrastructure, resources and training to support and improve learning outcomes of students, professional development for teachers and school community and enhance the digital way of learning by establishing StudyMall in villages. For more information or to make a donation, click here.

The Surgeons of Hope Foundation (SoH), is a New York City, NY based nonprofit established in 2001. Our organization aims to provide every infant and child with a damaged heart an equal opportunity to receive life-saving surgery.

It is an unconscionable loss that a child dies anywhere in the world from a heart defect (congenital or acquired) due to lack of resources for proper care, when a child living in the most remote area of the U.S. or Europe with the same heart defect would be easily cured. Surgeons of Hope seeks to narrow that disparity by living up to its motto: ”It’s Not What We Bring. It’s What We Leave Behind”.

We approach the need on three key fronts by giving urgently needed care, cultivating skills in local medical teams, and constructing centers of care in developing countries. For more information or to make donations, click here.

Step Up propels girls living in or going to school in under-resourced communities to fulfill their potential by empowering them to become confident, college-bound, career-focused, and ready to join the next generation of professional women. Step Up believes all girls should have the opportunity to fulfill their potential. Step Up is a special place where we all propel the fulfillment of potential. We take pride in our core values from which we develop our culture, our brand, and our impact strategies. For more information or to make a donation, click here.