CRANFORD - Homefirst Interfaith Housing and Family Services will host its annual Evening of Thanks on Wednesday, April 10 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains to honor the contributions of four community philanthropists. This year’s honorees are:
1. Benjamin Serna, Homefirst Hero, Cranford
2. Armando Guerra, NJ Governor of Lions Club International (District 16J)
3. Annette Quijano, Assemblywoman NJ Legislative District 20
4. Adrian Mapp, Mayor of Plainfield, NJ
Serna, an eighth grade student from Cranford, is the 2019 Homefirst Hero. He is recognized this year for organizing a team of volunteers each year since 2017 to fulfill Halloween costume wishes for kids at the Plainfield Family Support Center.
“In my life before this project I had never realized how much of a luxury it is to have the costume you want. This was the important part to me -- I didn't want people to just donate costumes. I wanted these kids to get the new costume they wanted,” said Serna.
“Each year the Homefirst Our Evening of Thanks event recognizes and honors the people, businesses, and organizations who have been extremely generous with their time, talent, and treasure to enable us to offer the services we provide to nearly 2,000 children, men, and women throughout Union County. It’s only with the support of our partners, funders, and volunteers that we are able to make a difference in the lives of so many by giving them a helping hand to a pathway out of poverty,” said Rev. Ron Thomas, Homefirst Board President.