NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Sparta resident Kelly Bonventre was recently honored with the Spirit Award at the New Jersey Sharing Network. Bonventre earned this award for having shown exemplary passion and dedication to the organization and going above and beyond her role supporting the New Jersey Sharing Network.
NJSN Foundation Board Chair, Phil Kolm presented the award to Bonventre last week at the Foundation Board's annual holiday party.
“I am humbled to receive this award and thank the New Jersey Sharing Network Foundation Board for this recognition of my work,” Bonventure said. “Working at NJSN is more than a job to me, it is my life, my heart and my passion. I am blessed to work with such amazing people, most especially our remarkable donor families. It is because of their unselfish, courageous decisions and willingness to help others at their darkest moment in their lives that fuels my passion.”
Bonventure, a longtime volunteer in Sparta's school, has worked for the non-profit organization for more than three years. She began as Manager of Philanthropy and Foundation and in August moved to the Clinical Department, joining the Hospital Development team as Hospital Service Manager.
The New Jersey Sharing Network is dedicated to saving lives through organ and tissue donation. In New Jersey, nearly 4,000 residents are waiting for a life saving transplant. They are also part of an national recovery system serving the 115,000 people on the national waiting list, according to the organization.
Next year, 2020 New Jersey will host the Transplant Games of America, a biennial multisport festival that recognizes the success of donation and transplantation and honors the generosity of donors.