Nikhil Badlani Foundation Awards West Orange H.S. with $2,000 Grant
By CYNTHIA CUMMING on December 23, 20
TAP into West Orange
WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Nikhil Badlani Foundation awarded West Orange High School with a $2,000 grant on Dec. 15 in recognition of their fundraising efforts on behalf of the organization.
The annual event is held each year at West Orange High School to raise funds for the Nikhil Badlani Foundation, whose focus on Traffic Safety has helped to save lives and educate thousands of drivers about the dangers of distracted driving. The Foundation honors the memory of Nikhil Badlani, who was killed in a crash with a distracted driver in June 2011
NBF President Sangeeta Badlani and board member Sage Gajarawala presented the check to WOHS Principal Hayden Moore for the students’ efforts to raise funds for the 10th Annual Walk/Run for Nikhil event on Sept. 13. This year’s Run/Walk was held virtually due to the pandemic and participants ran or walked on their own, submitting their times to the Foundation. For the first time, a 20K Bike Ride was added to provide an additional option for enthusiasts. $48,000 was raised to fund NBF and its outreaches.
NBF has long supported the community, not only by promoting traffic safety awareness, but by distributing music and academic scholarships exceeding $30,000, providing online music lessons and working with state legislators on bills regarding traffic safety. This year, the Foundation also donated to a local food pantry to provide food for over 100 families during the pandemic and held a virtual music concert featuring West Orange students.