NJ Heroes

  • Dora Arias – Curémonos - 10/28/14

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    Posted on October 28, 2014

    Today I met with Dora Arias, the Founder and Executive Director of Curémonos, at Sofi’s Color Lounge in Summit to name her my 30th NJ Hero. Every year, Sofi’s opens their doors on a Monday when they are normally closed to help Dora host a “Day of Pampering” for Curémonos clients. I was able to meet with […]

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  • Eric Fuchs-Stengel – Mahwah Environmental Volunteers Organization - 7/29/14

    Posted on July 29, 2014

    Today I had the opportunity to meet Eric Fuchs-Stengel of the Mahwah Environmental Volunteers Organization (MEVO), and name him my 29th NJ Hero. Eric led me on a tour of the MEVO gardens at Bergen Community College, and I had the opportunity to harvest and plant alongside Eric and his volunteers. Eric was inspired to start MEVO […]

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  • Abby Daly – The Bridge of Books Foundation - 7/2/14

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    Posted on July 02, 2014

    Today I took a trip to the Jersey Explorer Children’s Museum in East Orange to honor Abby Daly as my 4th NJ Hero of 2014.  Abby’s non-profit foundation, Bridge of Books, provides an ongoing source of books to underprivileged and at-risk children throughout New Jersey in order to support literacy skills and to encourage a love […]

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  • Cathy Carisi – Camp Acorn - 4/22/14

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    Posted on April 22, 2014

    “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”  This quote from Joseph Campbell was on the back of the tshirt given to me by Camp Acorn co-founder and Executive Director, Cathy Carisi.  It could not be more fitting since it perfectly describes Cathy and why she is […]

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  • Jodina Hicks – UrbanPromise - 3/12/14

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    Posted on March 12, 2014

    Today I had the pleasure of naming my first hero in Camden, Jodina Hicks, Executive Director of UrbanPromise.  UrbanPromise started in 1988 as a summer camp for at-risk youth in Camden.  In 25 years, they have expanded to now include an after school program for over 400 children throughout Camden, 2 schools (K-8 and High […]

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