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Honoring New Jersey Companies That Care

by: Anthony Russo, President CIANJ

MORE THAN 200 New Jersey business leaders attended the Fifth Annual Companies that Care Awards, co-presented by the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) and COMMERCE.

Held at Nanina’s in the Park in Belleville, New Jersey, on March 20, 2018, the event recognized companies for their 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.

Top honors were earned by Wakefern Food Corp., who was named the 2018 Extraordinary Good Works recipient. Through its ShopRite Partners in Caring program, Wakefern, donates $3 million annually to Feeding America food banks in the communities where ShopRite has stores and customers.

ShopRite associates volunteer and donate food to pantries and soup kitchens and engage customers in a “Round Up Your Change” register donation program. Since 1999, Wakefern’s donations total $45 million, with more than a million pounds of turkeys and many millions of pounds of food donated to local Feeding America food banks.

Wakefern Food Corp. Manager of Community Relations Christine Magyarits accepted the top honor on behalf of all the employees who make the ShopRite Partners in Caring program successful and a special gift for those in need.

In addition to Wakefern Food Corp, 38 other companies were honored as “Champions of Good Works,” and were featured in the March 2018 issue of COMMERCE, including:

Supporting New Jersey Charities— Atlantic Stewardship Bank; Holman Frenia Allison, P.C.; LAN Associates; The Curchin Group; UPS; and WithumSmith+Brown, PC.

Community Outreach—Holy Name Medical Center; LG Electronics USA; Mazars USA LLP; McCarter & English, LLP; Sax LLP.

Helping Children—Marsh & McLennan Agency; Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP; Selective Insurance Group, Inc.; Trinitas Regional Medical Center; and Walters Group.

Volunteerism—Berkeley College; Connell Foley, LLP; Herbert Law Group; Lakeland Bank; New Jersey Institute of Technology; NPZ Law Group, P.C.; Ramapo College of New Jersey; RWJBarnabas Health; Stockton University; SUEZ; and Valley National Bank.

Environmental Conservation— Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center; Hackensack Meridian Health; and JCP&L.

Combating Hunger—Columbia Bank; Eastwick College; Levine, Jacobs & Company, LLC; and NJMEP.

Caring for Veterans—Charity Realty International; Delta Dental of New Jersey, Inc.; Jefferson Health; and Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A.

Thank you to the major sponsors: Platinum Sponsor—Inserra Supermarkets, Inc.; Gold Sponsor—Lakeland Bank; Silver Sponsors—Hackensack Meridian Health; RWJBarnabas Health; Wakefern Food Corp.; Bronze Sponsors—Columbia Bank; LG Electronics USA; Mazars USA LLP; PSE&G; Selective Insurance Group, Inc.; Chairman’s Circle Sponsors— Atlantic Health System; Atlantic Stewardship Bank; Connell Foley, LLP; JCP&L; NJIT; and Sax LLP.

And thank you to the Supporting Sponsors—Archer Law; Berkeley College; Delta Dental of New Jersey, Inc.; Herbert Law Group; Holman Frenia Allison, P.C.; LAN Associates; Marsh & McLennan Agency; McCarter & English, LLP; Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A.; Plast-OMatic Valves, Inc.; Riker Danzig; SUEZ; The Curchin Group; Valley Health System; Valley National Bank; and WithumSmith+Brown, PC. Photography Sponsor—Eastwick College.

CIANJ is proud to honor New Jersey’s most caring companies and their employees, who make our state a great place live, work and raise a family.

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