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Friends Unite Elects New Board Member

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Friends Unite, a charitable organization focused on providing opportunities and support to people and communities so they have the power to help themselves, announced today that Ketan Soni was elected to the organization’s Board of Directors.

Soni is a Managing Attorney for a North Carolina based law firm, Rosen Law. From 2004 to 2006 he served as Branch Managing Attorney, prior to that time he was an associate attorney with the firm. In his senior positions with Rosen, Soni has introduced technology to increase production, has focused on long-term and short-term strategic planning and has worked to maintain the quality and growth of the firm.  Soni has a J.D. From Wake Forest University School of law and a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been a member of the North Carolina State Bar since 2002.

“I look forward to collaborating with the outstanding Board of Directors and partner organizations of Friends Unite. I am honored to help advance the mission of an organization that hopes to play such an important role in shaping the future of people who have the determination and vision to improve their lives and the lives of those around them,” said Soni.

“His vision, common-sense, business skill and ‘power within’ philosophies make him an excellent addition to our board. We’re excited about what Ketan will bring to our organization,” said Murali Bashyam, founder, Friends Unite.

Local Non-Profit Helps Children in Southern Sudan

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Friends Unite announced that it will partner with the Southern Sudan Fellowship (SSF) to help children in Southern Sudan.  SSF is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization whose mission is to improve the lives of Sudanese families in North Carolina and Southern Sudan through education, enrichment, and cultural exchange.

SSF is planning to build a secondary high school in the village of Akot in Southern Sudan.  Once built, the school will accommodate nearly 300 students.  It is also being considered as a school exclusively for girls.  “Friends Unite supports access to education for children who otherwise do not have it.  What SSF is doing in providing education to children in Southern Sudan is something Friends Unite can enthusiastially support,” says Murali Bashyam, President of Friends Unite.

To read more about and support SSF, please visit their web site at