An Indian American couple in Oley Township, Pa., Jack and Rosemary Gulati, May 9 were recognized with the Salvation Army’s “Spirit of Reading” Award.

The Gulatis were presented with the award, which is given to those who exemplify community spirit, by the Salvation Army.

“We are grateful and honored for the privilege of receiving this award,” Jack Gulati told the hundreds of people who attended the agency's seventh annual Civic Breakfast at the Crowne Plaza Reading, Wyomissing, according to a Reading Eagle report.

Gulati has owned 43 companies worldwide, including Stokesay Castle and The Knight's Pub in Lower Alsace Township, and bought the Reading Royals ice hockey team in 2014 and the Allen Americans Hockey Club this year, the report said.

Gulati and his wife, a retired elementary school teacher who also worked as a marketing coordinator for one of her husband's companies, have followed the example of Leela Gulati, Jack Gulati’s mother, who inspired him to philanthropy, according to the report.

During the event, which also served as a fundraiser, roughly $37,225 was raised, which will benefit the Salvation Army's Learning Center programs for children, the report said.

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