In 2004, board member Dr Kumar recommended Upakar Foundation acknowledge a person for outstanding contribution to our community and the greater society.
Vanita Gupta, a lawyer who worked for NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund was the first Upakar Foundation Community Ambassador recipient. In her first and most famous case, she led the fight agains the discrimination of a group of African Americans in Tulia, Texas, and won their freedom in a landmark discrimination case.
Also Preeti Desai from North Carolina and Anisha Gupta, a teen from California were given awards that year. Preeti helped provide children with surgeries they could not afford, and Anisha gave all the money she got from her bharatanatyam arangetram (Indian classical dance recital) to an institute that helped poor hispanic children in the Bay area.
In 2005, Chirag Patel was recognized as the Community Ambassador award winner. Chirag started a day service program at John Hopkins University when he was a student there and was instrumental in community service projects in Houston, including a program that mediated conflict between Korean merchants and African American residents.
In 2006, Wajahat Quadri was recognized as an outstanding teacher, for her work in Miami, FL.