Excellence in Philanthropy Awards

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Since 1981, AFP NJ’s Excellence in Philanthropy Awards have recognized the achievements of some of the most notable citizens and organizations in our State who have dedicated their efforts toward making New Jersey a better place to live.


 Thursday, June 14, 2018

Excellence in Philanthropy Awards Celebration

Thursday, June 14, 2018 ~~ Pines Manor, Edison, NJ


Congratulations to Our 2018 Honorees


Outstanding Community Organization - Elizabeth PBA Local #4
Nominated by Alexis D’Anton from Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation

Outstanding Foundation - The W. Cary Edwards Foundation

Nominated by Misty Isak from Thomas Edison State University

Outstanding New Jersey Corporation - The Provident Bank Foundation

Nominated by Helen J. Streubert from College of Saint Elizabeth
and Philip Salerno, III from Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation

Outstanding New Jersey Corporation - Jersey Mike’s

Nominated by Dawn Bunyon from Holiday Express, Inc.

Outstanding Philanthropist - (Organizational budgets of $1M or less)

Jodi O’Donnell-Ames, Founder/President - Hope Loves Company
Nominated by Olivia White from Hope Loves Company

Outstanding Philanthropist - (Organizational budgets of $1M or more)

Susan A. Vallario, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees - Ramapo College of New Jersey
Nominated by Cathleen Davey from Ramapo College Foundation
and Karen E. Leies from Community FoodBank of NJ

Robert J. Smythe Award for Outstanding Professional Fundraiser

John McEwen, Executive Director - New Jersey Theatre Alliance
Nominated by Connie Alexis-Laona, Philanthropy Advocate
and Nina Stack from Council of NJ Grantmakers

Outstanding Young Professional Fundraiser

Alissa Di Scala, Acting Director of Alumni Relations/Annual Giving -
Kean University,
Office of Institutional Advancement/Foundation
Nominated by James Gurland from Kean University Office of Institutional Advancement/Foundation

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Fundraisers

Alyssa Lego and Amanda Witkowski, Founders - Morgan Marie Michael Foundation
Nominated by Maria Witkowski from Morgan Marie Michael Foundation


Special Thanks to Our 2018 Sponsors


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