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Ralph B. Davis
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PRESTONSBURG — The Varias are originally from India, arrived in the United States in 1975, and have made their home in Martin since July 1979. Dr. Mahendra has his own veterinary small animal clinic and Dr. Chandra has a gynecology practice in Martin near their home.

Since arriving in Kentucky, the Varias have embraced the state as their home and have used their talents and resources to make it an even better place. When asked why them came to the hills of Kentucky and stayed, they responded that they were needed in Kentucky professionally, but stayed because they fell in love with the hills and the people!

Mahendra and Chandra, as active community leaders, serve as board members on social, educational, as well as religious foundations. As public servants Mahendra has served on the Martin City Council for the last 12 years, while Chandra has served on the Floyd County School Board since 2001.

Both are strong advocates for education. They believe everyone should have the opportunity to reach their potential and beyond. They are certain that education pays! They have made generous donations to colleges, universities and established endowments, loan programs and grants for abused and battered female students.

One of their most rewarding acts as philanthropists was the creation of the Varia Family Foundation. The Foundation with their pledge of $1.6 million is now funding higher education opportunities for 3,400 babies that Dr. Chandra delivered during her obstetric practice until 1993. Dr. Varia’s babies span around the region and even into Magoffin County, where a tornado recently ravaged the area.

Hearing of the devastation the tornado left as it ripped through the county, Dr. Varia extended her heart to the students of Magoffin. Each student that applied for a scholarship at Big Sandy Community and Technical College received an extra $500 from Dr. Varia to help them gain the education they hope to achieve.

The Varias have been generous with their time serving as public servants in our local communities. They have been recipients of many local, state, national, as well as international awards and recognitions .

Their efforts continue to provide a positive and sustainable impact on our community and we thank the Varias for their continued loyalty.

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