The Generosity of our business community is a source of pride among the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) family, and our members have been helping those in need long before we started an awards program three years ago. It’s just so appropriate that CIANJ’s 3rd Annual Chairman’s Reception was able to continue shining a light on these “Good Works,” and holding them high as an example to be followed by other firms.
There were six different categories of awards this year: Supporting Our Communities, Assisting Veterans, Workplace Innovation, Combating Hunger, Crisis Response and Helping Our Children—plus one top honor, the Extraordinary Good Works Award, which was presented to PSEG at the awards ceremony on March 10, 2016 at the Stony Hill Inn in Hackensack.
“When PSEG workers are called to duty in the Reserves or National Guard, their families continue to receive medical benefits while they are deployed,” explained CIANJ Chairman Martin W. Kafafian, Esq., managing partner at Beattie Padovano, LLC. “PSEG’s Science SPARK Partners program supports afterschool programs, collaboration with colleges and universities, and the development of workshops to attract students to careers in the STEM fields. In 2014 alone, PSEG workers logged in more than 24,000 hours of volunteer services.”
There were also 34 Champions of Good Works honorees including Atlantic Stewardship Bank; Argent Associates; Berkeley College; Boiling Springs Bank; CohnReznick LLP; Columbia Bank; Day Pitney LLP; Deloitte; Dittman Incentive Marketing; Englewood Hospital and Medical Center; Georgian Court University; Gibbons P.C.; Goya Foods; Holy Name Medical Center; Inserra Supermarkets, Inc.; JCP&L; Kearny Bank; Konica Minolta Business Solutions; KPMG LLP; Marketsmith; Middlesex Water Co.; NJIT; PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP; PNC; PSEG; Riker Danzig; SaxBST; Spencer Savings Bank; Stryker; SUEZ; UnitedHealthcare; Valley Health System; Wells Fargo Bank; and WithumSmith+Brown, PC.
Thank you to all of the major sponsors: Platinum Sponsor—Inserra Supermarkets Inc.; Gold Sponsor— Lakeland Bank; Silver Sponsors— Hackensack University Health Network, PSEG, Stryker; Bronze Sponsors— Atlantic Stewardship Bank; Investors Bank; NJIT; SUEZ; Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.; Chairman’s Circle Sponsors— Community Bank of Bergen County, NJ; Englewood Hospital and Medical Center; Goya Foods; JCP&L; TD Bank; WithumSmith+Brown, PC; and XCEL FCU.
And thank you to all the Supporting Sponsors—Bayshore Family of Companies; Beattie Padovano, LLC; CohnReznick LLP; Cole Schotz PC; Columbia Bank; Connell Foley LLP;
Deloitte; Gibbons P.C.; Konica Minolta Business Solutions, U.S.A., Inc.; KPMG LLP; McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP; Nanina’s In The Park; NJCPA; NJMEP; Peapack-Gladstone Bank; PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP; PNC; Princeton HealthCare System; QualCare; Spencer Savings Bank; Terrie O’Connor Realtors; The Park Savoy; UnitedHealthcare; Valley Health System; Valley National Bank; Verizon; and Wellness Interactive.
Another big thank you to the judges who worked with me on evaluating this year’s entries: NJ Sharing Network Assistant Director of Regional Development Jackie Lue Raia; Ridgewood Moving Services President Cindy Myer; Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County Executive Director Jacey Raimondo; Bergen County’s United Way President Tom Toronto; and CIANJ Human Resources Council Ambassador Judi Stewart.
CIANJ is proud to honor the service of its members, and I hope many more acts of charity are inspired by calling attention to so many great examples of giving back and volunteering to help others in need. Making New Jersey a “better place to live, work and conduct business” is, after all, part of our mission.