The Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) saluted the generosity of business at its 3nd Annual Chairman’s Reception, where more than 30 “Companies that Care” were honored this year.
Martin Kafafian, chairman of the CIANJ board of directors, presented the awards during the gala attended by nearly 300 business executives at the Stony Hill Inn in Hackensack. “For most of these companies their donations, kindness and community outreach are part of their corporate culture — their mission,” said Kafafian, who is also a managing member of the Beattie Padovano law firm in Montvale. “The public at large is often unaware of the magnitude and scope of the good works. This reception is our way of shining a spotlight on “Companies that Care.”
This year’s top honor, CIANJ’s “Extraordinary Good Works Award” was given to PSEG, New Jersey’s oldest and largest regulated gas and electric delivery utility that serves nearly three quarters of the state’s population. The judges were bowled over by the depth of PSEG’s commitment to the community.
The company’s good works are reflected in its many initiatives, such as the promise to keep a job waiting for every Reserve and National Guard worker deployed overseas, the innovative programs developed to encourage STEM studies and the company-wide philosophy that encourages volunteerism. Ellen Lambert, the chief diversity officer for the utility, accepted the award on behalf of PSEG.
The CIANJ is a statewide business advocacy organization based in Paramus. It represents more than 900 member companies from every business sector. The associations asked businesses to tell stories of their good works and more than 85 responses were given. These accounts and pictures are featured in a special “Companies that Care ” section in the March issue of COMMERCE Magazine, the media arm of the association. The magazine is available at www.commercemagnj.com
CIANJ President John Galandak said 33 companies were named “Champions of Good Works” by a panel of judges. CIANJ staffers and representatives from non-profits organizations served on the panel, that included: Cathleen Davey, executive director of the Ramapo College Foundation, Galandak, Jackie Lue Raia, assistant director of the NJ Sharing Network, Cindy Myer, the owner of Ridgewood Moving Service who also serves as president of the board of the Center for Hope and Safety; Jacey Raimondo, executive director of the Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County, Judi Stewart, an ambassador with the CIANJ Human Resources Council, and Tom Toronto, president of Bergen County’s United Way.
The champions included:
Argent Associates of Edison: The firm is being recognized for Supporting Our Communities by developing mentoring programs for future leaders.
Atlantic Stewardship Bank, based in Midland Park: The bank is being honored for Supporting Our Communities through its tithing program that shares 10 percent of its income with local charities.
Berkeley College, based in Woodland Park: The college is being saluted for its work Assisting Veterans, especially by hosting a giant career expo which brought together 500 veterans and 50 employers.
Boiling Springs Bank: The bank, which has its corporate headquarters in Rutherford is recognized for its Workplace Innovation by launching a teller certificate program that helped needy women obtain good-paying jobs.
CohnReznick: The accounting firm, which is headquartered in New York and has offices throughout New Jersey, helped our veterans by raising more than $150,000 last year at its annual golf outing to benefit the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.
Columbia Bank: The Fair Lawn-based bank is recognized for combatting hunger through its food drives and the work of volunteers, who serve meals to the homeless at a shelter in Paterson.
Day Pitney: The Parsippany-based law firm is being honored for its community outreach, especially partnering with the GI Go Fund to represent veterans in legal disputes and provide free legal services to non-profits and the NJ Battered Women’s Service.
Deloitte:The accounting firm is being recognized for helping veterans by assembling and shipping care packages to U.S. troops in a partnership with the American Recreational Military Services.
Dittman Incentive Marketing: The firm is a Workplace Innovator for its commitment to helping others persevere and excel through its volunteerism and charitable giving.
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center: The hospital is a leader in Crisis Response for having donated an ambulance to Haiti as its struggles to recover from the devastation of an earthquake.
Georgian Court University: The school is honored for its work in the community, exemplified by the thousands of hours donated to help non-profits each year.
Gibbons: The law firm is a leader in crisis response for establishing the H. John Schank II Memorial Trust to help the family of a member of the firm who died suddenly at age 51.
Goya Foods: The firm is being honored for combatting hunger by donating millions of pounds of food to needy causes and organizations throughout the state.
Holy Name Medical Center: The hospital is being saluted for Helping Children by providing vocational training at Teaneck’s SINAI School for Jewish children with physical and developmental challenges.
Inserra Supermarkets: The supermarket chain is being saluted for its deep commitment to fighting hunger through donations and financial support to many causes.
JCP&L: The utility has proven itself a leader in crisis response by offering volunteers and financial support to many communities and causes throughout New Jersey.
Kearny Bank: The bank showed its support to the community by organizing a series of seminars exposing cyber scams and how to avoid them.
Konica Minolta Business Solutions: The firm showed its dedication to helping children by collecting and donating new books to needy children to spark their interest in learning.
KPMG: The firm shows is ongoing commitment to children through its support of the Junior Achievement USA programs.
Marketsmith: The firm is being recognized for helping children by feeding 1,000 people Thanksgiving dinner last year and raising funds to support the Camden Street School in Newark.
Middlesex Water Co: The utility is being honored for working to overcome homelessness by encouraging employees to volunteer at a Habitat for Humanity property in Perth Amboy.
NJIT: The school’s Division of Continuing Professional Education is being saluted for offering readiness training and workforce placement to veterans.
PKF O’Connor Davies: The accounting firm is being honored for donating close to $1 million annually to support an array of charities in the communities it serves.
PNC: The bank is being saluted for its “Grow Up Great” program that focuses on children from birth to age 5, providing them with books, school supplies and even clothing.
Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland Perretti: The law firm is being honored for fighting hunger through its support of the Table of Hope, a Morristown soup kitchen.
SaxBST: The accounting firm has shown its commitment to our children through the annual race it organizes to raise money for the Child Life Department of St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital.
Spencer Savings Bank: The bank is being recognized for the financial scholars program it developed for local elementary and high schools.
Stryker: The firm is being honored for its commitment to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation that supports first responders and military service members.
SUEZ: The water utility is being honored for its commitment to the communities it serves. Examples of its outreach include the volunteers who worked on the parade for Children’s Specialized Hospital and the WomenRising social services initiatives in Hudson County.
The Valley Hospital: The hospital is being recognized for its efforts to combat hunger through the donation of $100,000 to local meals on wheels programs.
UnitedHealthcare: The firm is being recognized for the program it developed at a local YMCA to promote healthy habits among pre-teens.
Wells Fargo Bank: The bank is being saluted for Its efforts to combat hunger by raising funds and volunteering at local soup kitchens.
WithumSmith+Brown: The accounting firm is being honored for establishing a hardship relief fund that enables co-workers to lend support to one another in times of crisis.