To make a difference in the lives of others takes serious time and effort. Those who give of themselves to assist neighbors in need or to support a worthy cause deserve recognition. For more than a decade, New Jersey Monthly has cited—and celebrated—the work of our state’s most dedicated volunteers with the annual Seeds of Hope awards. Here, we profile 2014 honorees.
To nominate someone for our 2015 awards, please fill out our nomination form. Deadline is April 15, 2015.
The 2014 winners were chosen from a pool of nominees by our judges: Sally Glick, principal of Sobel & Co.; Christine Healey, president of the Healey Education Foundation; David H. Kerr, founder/president emeritus, Integrity House; Kathleen Palmer, director, Studio 7 Fine Art Gallery; and Paul Silverman, principal, Silverman: Building Neighborhoods.
The honorees will be saluted at a luncheon on September 19 at Crystal Plaza in Livingston. The event is sponsored by Crystal Plaza and PNC Wealth Management.
Eric Fuchs-Stengel: Blazing a Trail
A 22 year old from Mahwah parlayed his love of outdoors into an organization focused on engaging young people in their natural environment.
Kristen Gillette: From Tragedy Come Inspiration
After losing her daughter to a rare form of cancer, Kristen Gillette created the Kortney Rose Foundation to raise funds for pediatric brain tumor research, education and awareness.
TJ Nelligan: Making the Games Even More Special
Sports-marketing executive TJ Nelligan brought his expertise to the Special Olympics, soliciting more than $20 million in donations from 52 companies.
Zachary Brooks: A Small Voice Moves Many
Zachary Brooks was inspired to raise autism awareness after his twin, Jack, was diagnosed with the condition.
Christine Callahan: Help Arrives with Wings
Under the leadership of Christine Callahan, Julia’s Butterfly Foundation has granted almost $600,000 to families of sick children who require financial aid and services.