By Anthony Russo, President, CIANJ
MORE THAN 200 New Jersey business leaders attended the Sixth 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 19, 2019, 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 this year by RWJBarnabas Health, who was named the 2019 Extraordinary Good Works Champion for its Wellness on Wheels (WOW) mobile education center that includes a hydroponic greenhouse and cooking school to help reduce health disparities in vulnerable communities.
“RWJBarnabas Health has done a tremendous job of reaching out to those in at-risk communities to address the connection between a healthy lifestyle and preventing serious health issues,” explains CIANJ Chairman Richard W. Abramson, a member of the law firm, Cole Schotz P.C. “They have a mobile education center to provide fresh vegetables for use in cooking classes, including a hydroponic greenhouse, which is truly innovative.”
Barbara Mintz, senior vice president of healthy living and community engagement for RWJBarnabas Health, accepted the top honor on behalf of all the employees who make the WOW mobile unit program possible.
In addition to RWJBarnabas Health, 44 other companies were honored as “Champions of Good Works,” and were featured in the March 2019 issue of COMMERCE, including:
Supporting New Jersey Charities—Anheuser-Busch’s Newark Brewery; Atlantic Stewardship Bank; and Mazars USA LLP.
Community Outreach—Decusoft; LAN Associates; Nanina’s in the Park; NJMEP; Pirro Zinna Cifelli Paris & Genitempo, LLC; Stuyvesant Press; and Wells Fargo.
Global Outreach—AECOM; Celgene; ICA Risk Management Consultants; and NPZ Law Group, P.C.
Helping Children—B&G Foods; Connell Foley LLP; Deloitte; Delta Dental of New Jersey; ExxonMobil; Goya Foods; Lakeland Bank; and ZaGo Manufacturing Company Inc.
Volunteerism—AmeriHealth NJ; JCP&L; New Jersey American Water; and Stark & Stark.
Environmental Conservation— Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center; eMazzanti Technologies; Holy Name Medical Center; Riker Danzig; and Saint Peter’s Healthcare System.
Advocates for the Homeless—CarePoint Health; Hackensack Meridian Health; McCarter & English, LLP; and Terrie O’Connor Realtors.
Combating Hunger—AtlantiCare; Eastwick College; NAIOP New Jersey; and Plast-O-Matic Valves Inc.
Caring for Veterans—A.J. Perri; AnythingIT; Columbia Bank; Jefferson Health New Jersey; and Peapack-Gladstone Bank.
Thank you to the major sponsors: Silver Sponsors—Columbia Bank; ExxonMobil; Hackensack Meridian Health; McCarter & English, LLP; Nanina’s in the Park; Park Château; RWJBarnabas Health; The Park Savoy. Bronze Sponsors—AmeriHealth NJ; Atlantic Stewardship Bank; Lakeland Bank; New Jersey American Water; UnitedHealthcare; and Wells Fargo. Caring Circle Sponsors—Atlantic Health System; CarePoint Health; Connell Foley, LLP; JCP&L; Mazars USA.
And thank you to the Supporting Sponsors—AECOM; A.J. Perri; Celgene; COMMERCE; Deloitte; Delta Dental; Holy Name Medical Center; ICA Risk Management Consultants; LAN Associates; LG Electronics USA; New Jersey City University; NJMEP; Piro Zinna Cifelli Paris & Genitempo, LLC; PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP; Plast-O-Matic Valves, Inc.; PSE&G; Saint Peter’s Healthcare System; Stuyvesant Press; Terrie O’Connor Realtors; Triangle Manufacturing; Villani Bus; ZaGo Manufacturing. 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.