President’s View: Honoring New Jersey Companies that Care

CO-PRESENTED by the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) and COMMERCE, the Fourth Annual Chairman’s Reception Honoring “Companies that Care,” was held at Nanina’s in the Park in Belleville, New Jersey, on March 15, 2017—just one day after a significant snowstorm closed schools and businesses throughout the state. More than 260 business leaders attended from all across the Garden State.

Top honors were earned by Hackensack Meridian Health and its affiliate, Southern Ocean Medical Center, chosen as the 2017 “Extraordinary Good Works” recipient for helping Joseph Aulert, a hospice patient who had just weeks to live, share his photography with an exhibit for the public— a dream he had shared with his caregivers.

The art exhibit opened at Southern Ocean Medical Center on Nov. 11, 2016—a very fitting day since it was Veteran’s Day and Joe was a U.S. Army veteran, and it was also his birthday. Joe was too sick to attend even though his room was just a few floors above the exhibit, but his nurses brought the show to him via video—enabling Joe to see people admiring his work and even buying some of it. A few hours later he passed away, knowing his wish was realized.

In addition, 39 other companies were honored as “Champions of Good Works,” recognized for charitable and philanthropic programs that care for veterans; help children; feed the hungry; shelter the homeless; volunteer to help the needy; raise money for charities; protect the environment; and support employees and their families during emergencies.

This year’s “Champions of Good Works,” all featured in the March 2017 issue of COMMERCE, include the following: AECOM; Atlantic Stewardship Bank; Bayshore Family of Companies; BDO USA, LLC; Bergen Community College; Berkeley College; Columbia Bank; Connell Foley, LLP; Day Pitney, LLP; Deloitte; Delta Dental; Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and cancer specialist Dr. Frank Forte; Felician University; Georgian Court University; Holy Name Medical Center; I.C.E. Service Group Inc.; InGroup Inc.; Inserra Supermarkets; Kean University; Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA, Inc.; Lakeland Bank; LG Electronics USA; Marsh & McLennan Agency; Mazars U.S.A. Inc.; Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A.; NPZ Law Group, P.C.; PeapackGladstone Bank; PFK O’Connor Davies, LLP; Plast-O-Matic Valves, Inc.; PwC; Ramapo College of New Jersey; Ramboll Environ, Inc.; RWJBarnabas Health; Saint Peter’s Healthcare System; Stryker; T&M Associates; The Valley Hospital; United Airlines; and Wellness Interactive, Inc. Thank you to the major sponsors: Platinum Sponsor—Inserra Supermarkets, Inc.; Gold Sponsor—Lakeland Bank; Silver Sponsors—Bayshore Family of Companies; Hackensack Meridian Health; JCP&L; RWJBarnabas Health; Bronze Sponsors—Connell Foley, LLP; PSE&G; PwC; Stryker; Chairman’s Circle Sponsors—Atlantic Stewardship Bank; Capital One; Bergen Community College; Goya Foods; LG Electronics USA; Mazars USA LLP; TD Bank; United Airlines; Valley National Bank.

And thank you to the Supporting Sponsors—BDO USA, LLP; Berkeley College; Caryl Communications Inc.; Columbia Bank; Delta Dental; Dorfman Abrams Music, LLC; Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP; Holy Name Medical Center; ICA Risk Management Consultants; InGroup Inc.; Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.; Marsh & McLennan Agency; Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A.; Phoenix Marketing Solutions; PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP; Plast-O-Matic Valves, Inc.; Provident Bank; Ramapo College of New Jersey; Ramboll Environ, Inc.; Saint Peter’s Healthcare System; Smolin, Lupin & Co., P.A.; SUEZ; T&M Associates; The Valley Hospital; Wellness Interactive, Inc.; Whitestone Associates, Inc.; WithumSmith+Brown, PC.

Honoring corporate philanthropy is not only the right thing to do, it allows many of our state’s most generous companies to learn from each other and expand their giving programs. CIANJ is so proud to count so many of these businesses as members, and New Jersey is lucky to have corporate cultures that embrace giving and community service. In this competition, there are only winners—especially those in need in the Garden State.

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