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The 2013 Union County Family Service Award Recipients Named

On Thursday evening, October 24, Homefirst will host An Evening of Thanks, the first annual Union County Family Service Awards at The Galloping Hill Golf Club in Kenilworth. The event will recognize and honor individuals from different communities in Union County who serve families in need in extraordinary ways in their civic and private lives.  NJ State Assemblyman Jon Bramnick will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the event.  Union County Freeholder Alexander Mirabella is the Honorary Event Chair, joined by an Event Committee of 20 community volunteers.

Twelve outstanding citizens from throughout Union County have been selected to receive The 2013 Union County Family Service Award.  The Award recipients are: Frank Anderson of Winfield, Ralph Bernardo of Clark, Sarah Cherry Cadogan of Plainfield, Edith Coogan of Cranford, James Grover of Fanwood, Dolores Hynes of Linden, Jacqueline Mitchell of Roselle, Lisa and Peter McNamara of Westfield, Sigrid Patsch of Mountainside, Ruth Robina of New Providence and Laura Swidersky of Scotch Plains.  The honorees were nominated by the mayor of their municipality and chosen through a competitive process by an independent Selection Committee. Their collective action has benefited thousands of families in crisis in all corners of Union County over the past 40 years.  “Our honorees are an inspiration to me and to my colleagues at Homefirst and to everyone who cares about families in need.  They work quietly and faithfully to support and strengthen families facing adversity and we are very excited to salute them at An Evening of Thanks on October 24,” noted Ellen McGovern, Homefirst’s Executive Director. 

An Evening of Thanks is sponsored by a diverse group of businesses and community leaders.  Lead Sponsors include Allstate New Jersey Insurance Company, Bramnick, Rodriguez, Mitterhoff, Grabas & Woodruff, LLC, Attorneys at Law, and Ellen Catlin of Garwood.  Sponsors include The Alternative Press, Amy Yin Interiors, Steven and Marybeth Lapham of Scotch Plains and Casey and Priscilla Woodruff of Westfield.

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Established in 1986 in Plainfield, Homefirst delivers innovative comprehensive solutions to homelessness, based on national models of excellence. Their goal is to ensure every family in Union County has access to safe, decent, affordable housing- thereby strengthening families and building stronger more resilient communities.

An Evening of Thanks: The 2013 Union County Family Service Awards promises to be a memorable and enjoyable event.  For more information or to RSVP please contact Ellen McGovern, Executive Director at Homefirst, at or at 908-753-4001 x13.


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