SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - South Plainfield will host its 57th annual Labor Day Parade on Monday, Sept. 1, and the Public Celebrations Committee announced this week that Guy Moretti will serve as 2014’s Honorary Grand Marshal.
A lifelong resident, longstanding business owner and dedicated community activist, Moretti was nominated by Assemblyman Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr.
“I have teased a lot of folks in the past who have been named Grand Marshal that the first prerequisite is that they are getting old. So I must be getting old,” Moretti joked before quickly adding, “I am truly honored and humbled to have been [named] Grand Marshal. South Plainfield is made up of so many people who do exceptional things to help the community and to be singled out is overwhelming. I am very excited to see what the day entails.”
Born and raised in South Plainfield, Moretti and his wife, Toni, have been married 35 years and have three children, Nicole, Eugene and Anthony; and two grandchildren, Blake and Chase. When his children were younger, Moretti was very active with local sports, serving as coach of South Plainfield’s Pony Tail, Wrestling and Baseball clubs.
A graduate of Kean College, the Real Estate School of Central Jersey and the Central Jersey Business Institute, Moretti began working in real estate more than four decades ago when he joined his father at Team Moretti Realty. In 1983, he took over the family business and in 1995 the Maple Avenue agency became affiliated with Century 21. Three years ago Moretti sold to Prudential, which earlier this year became Berkshire Hathaway Home Services – New Jersey Properties.
Today, Moretti still works out of the Maple Avenue office, listing and selling real estate and managing a team that includes his wife, son Eugene, and two other key agents. A past director of the Middlesex County Multiple Listing Service and the Middlesex County Board of Realtors, Moretti also served as president of the Century 21 Brokers Council – North East Division.
On a local volunteer front, Moretti is a past member of the Knights of Columbus and Holy Name Society and a current, active member of both the South Plainfield Lions Club and the South Plainfield Elks. He also served as a member of Summit Bank’s Advisory Board during the mid-1990s; was one of the four founding members of the South Plainfield Business Association; and, from 1992-2003, sat on the South Plainfield Business Liaison Council.
Dedicated to helping others, Moretti has run an annual Thanksgiving Food Drive for the past 20 years and is the current chairman of the Sunshine Kids Foundation. In 2000, he founded Open Your Heart to Children Battling Cancer, raising over $800,000 for local families suffering financial difficulties due to a child’s diagnosis with cancer. Additionally, Moretti supported research efforts and served as a member of the board for the Institute for Children with Cancer & Blood Disorders at Robert Wood Johnson. Currently, he is an active member of the Coaches Care Committee, a group comprised of former coaches who work to give back.
“All the candidates nominated for Grand Marshal this year are outstanding citizens of our town but, in my opinion, Guy was a great choice,” said John Sorrentino, chair of the Public Celebrations Committee. "The whole point of our parade is to bring the community together and Guy is a true South Plainfield resident, always getting involved and volunteering his time and, most importantly, he enjoys doing it.”