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About Us Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont

Established in 1992, the Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont (GCAP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable and educational organization. Our mission is to create an innovative, inclusive and ideal Gujarati Samaj to implement our vision and activities. We believe we must nurture the youth of our community to become leaders of tomorrow while nourishing our senior citizens to provide opportunities for inter-generational exchange of ideas and knowledge. GCAP was established to preserve Gujarati cultural heritages and traditions, educate the youth, celebrate Indian festivals and create networking amongst individuals within our community.

The Piedmont region of NC includes Greensboro, Winston Salem, High Point and surrounding areas. Each year, GCAP organizes numerous activities and events throughout the year to promote Gujarati/Indian traditions, and bring excitement, values and unity to the growing Gujarati community.


Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont LEADERSHIP

The Board of Directors for GCAP consists of individuals who have dedicated their time, effort, energy, and contributions to establishing a community center to help promote Gujarati culture in the Piedmont Triad Region.

Board of Directors
Chairman: Sanjaybhai Tarasaria
Co. Chairman: Rameshbhai C Patel
Ashok Patel
Indravadan Desai
Babubhai Patel
Jagdishbhai Dhekar
Bhupendra Patel
Jayesh Patel
Dhansukbhai Panwala
Kiran Shah
Dhirubhai Padgham
Kishor Lala
Dineshbhai Patel
Nayan Patel
Dipak Patel
Pramodbhai Udesi
Dr. Ajay Kadakia
Rajubhai Patel
Dr. Bansi Shah
Rameshbhai C Patel
Dr. Janak Choksi
Rameshbhai Desai
Hetal Patel
Sanjaybhai Tarasaria
Harshadbhai N Patel
Somabhai Patel
Hiralal Zaver
Sitarambhai Dakoriya
Manubhai Patel
Rajubhai Mehta
Dilipbhai Jariwala(elect)
Committees - Advisory and Governing Board
Rajuhai Patel
Jayesh Patel
Dilipbhai Jariwala
Kishorbhai Lala
Somabhai Patel
Sanjay Dakoriya
Hetal Patel
Jayeshbhai Patel
Jagdishbhai Dhekar
Manubhai Patel
Satish Patel
Satish Patel President

Satish Patel has had the privilege to grow up in a culture that has show him the meaning of unity, respect and heritage.

Sam Devdhara
Sam Devdhara Vice President

Shailendra has been involved with community in many different ways through the Bhartiya Mandal Hall of San Francisco.

Sunil Patel
Sunil Patel Secretary

Sunil joined GCAP to continue the efforts of many before him who were so crucial to maintaining a close-knit, vibrant community over the years.

Devendra Patel
Devendra Patel Treasurer

Our families have been a part of the Bhartiya Mandal Hall since the 1970’s. We enjoyed and participated in many events- Navratri being our favorite.

Vyomesh Patel
Vyomesh Patel Board Member

As a founding GCAP board member, Vyomesh wants to help continue delivering our message to the community about our rich history and culture to future generations.

Amit Patel
Amit Patel Board Member

Amit is 1st generation born and raised in San Francisco. Amit graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Finance.

Dipak Patel
Dipak Patel Board Member

Dipak is a Native San Franciscan and has always had a close connection to the Hindu culture. He is always looking for opportunities to help and give back to the community.

Bakula Patel
Bakula Patel Board Member

For 44 years now, Bakula Patel has been an active participant and voice within the Bharatiya Mandal Hall (BMH) community.

Sonali Waland
Sonali Waland Board Member

Sonali joined GCAP to give back to the community, especially to the new generation of the kids to instill cultural values and respect that her parents taught her growing up.

Kamlesh Patel
Kamlesh Patel Board Member

Kamlesh was born in India and now call San Francisco his home. Kamlesh joined GCAP as a way to give back to a community and an industry that has helped shape his cooking expertise.

Jackie Patel
Jackie Patel Board Member

Jackie joined GCAP as member of the Board of Directors. Primary focus for her role is to be a Youth Program Coordinator.

Sangita Patel
Sangita Patel Board Member

Sangita Patel was born and raised in Navsari, Gujurat India. She was only 18 when she came to America. Her passion is giving back and taking care of friends and family.

Hiten Suraj
Hiten Suraj Board Member

Hiten joined GCAP as a way to continue the culture and history that his ancestors started. Hiten is the CEO of Stay Cal Hotels and is very passionate about the industry.

Vijay Patel
Vijay Patel Board Member

Vijay Patel is a 2nd generation hotelier and has been in the Bay Area for over 45 year. Vijay has been instrumental in working with various nonprofit organizations.

Milan Patel
Milan Patel Board Member


Chirag Patel
Chirag Patel Board Member

Chirag Patel is a second generation native San Franciscan who has grown up in The City. Chirag is an avid golfer and continues to root for his hometown Giants, Niners and Warriors.

Kiran Thakor
Kiran Thakor Board Member

Kiran joined GCAP as he shares the same values and goals that is the core of GCAP’s mission statement. He believes in making a difference and giving back and is honored to serve on its board.

Peter Agnoletti
Peter Agnoletti Board Member

Peter joined GCAP as a way to give back to a community and an industry that has helped shape his real estate career. Peter has been fortunate to be involved with community service since a young age.


  • Community Service Community Service
    Community Service

    GCAP values charity to the local Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and Piedmont Triad communities. Our organization coordinates events and activities such as donation drives, community clean up activities, and charitable events for those who are less fortunate. GCAP aims to impart social change for the advancement of all peoples while also looking to affirm a sense of Indian-American pride, identity, and cultural values.

  • Cultural Awareness Cultural Awareness
    Cultural Awareness

    GCAP’s Mission is to build Indian cultural awareness and share the values, ceremony, rituals, religion, cuisine and culture of Gujarat so future generations can carry forth these traditions and be proud of their heritage. This is consummated by education and events such as Diwali, Holi, Gaarba, Religious Events, Community Gatherings and more.

  • Our Events Our Events
    Our Events

    Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont is anchored by our events hall located in Greensboro. GCAP hosts countless events from Holi and Diwali at our facility for the next generation of Indian-Americans in the Triad communities to celebrate their heritage. Our hall is also a perfect venue for family events and celebrations.

  • Our Heritage Our Heritage
    Our Heritage

    Gujarati Cultural Heritage is the cornerstone of GCAP. GCAP offers the venue to pass on an understanding of our rich culture, history, religion and the next generation of our Gujarati community and a safe and comfortable environment to practice our customs.