NJ Heroes

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

    BOB Feature
    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

    CA Feature
    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

    UP Feature
    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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  • Diane Taylor – Pass It Along - 2/27/14

    PIA Feature
    Posted on February 27, 2014

    Today I had the pleasure of naming my first hero of 2014, Diane Taylor of Pass It Along.  Diane was inspired to start Pass It Along (PIA) in 2001 after a group of neighborhood teenagers asked her to help them collect food for a local food pantry.  She realized there were a number of young […]

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  • Alan Weinstein – Community Soup Kitchen of Morristown - 12/12/13

    Posted on December 12, 2013

    Today I had the opportunity to meet Alan Weinstein of the Community Soup Kitchen in Morristown and name him my 24th New Jersey Hero.  We just had our 3rd anniversary as a non-profit foundation on December 10th and I couldn’t think of a better local Hero to have to mark that milestone.  The Community Soup […]

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