HANOVER TOWNSHIP, N.J.- Some years ago, Thomas Ace Gallagher and long time friend Ralph Politi Jr. began serving the community they grew up in. Among their passions, was the desire to reach  youth and thier families about the dangers of drug and alchol abuse. The platform they aimed to create was one of  "not just talking about it but taking action". 

That vision has long come to fruition, expand to the New Jersey Coalition 4 Education And Positive Choices and now recognized as a leading voice in the community.

Last month, NJC4EPC was awarded The New Jersey State Governor's Award for Public Service.  The Coalition was one of New Jersey based organizations that won the award out of hundreds of nominations. In attendance to accept the award at the ceremony held at the Trenton War Memorial were Michele Sylvin, communications director,  Thomas Ace Gallagher, Hanover Township Committeeman and founder, Mayor Mark Taylor, Florham Park mayor and long time supporter, and Brian Brokaw, East Hanover Councilman. 

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As the coalition mission is ' to increase awareness of current trends in the drug epidemic and foster a positive lifestyle for  youth is the primary goal. One of the intents of the Coalition is to become the New Jersey hub, to provide and disseminate information to parents, family members and the community,'  "the award is a great vehicle to let people know who we are and that we are here to address a specific need, why we created this coalition, and share with the public the importance of our mission," Gallagher said. 

"This coalition is made up of some of the brightest, high level professionals in the entire New York metropolitan area, and it is truly an honor to be part of it," Gallgher shared. He invites all families to stand with the coalition, "to create a front line to better protect our most valuable resource, our children." The coalition continues to grow through out New Jersey and beyond state lines as law enforcement agencies and educators give support to the mission and vision of the NJC4EPC. "There is strength in numbers when everyone is working together towards one common goal," Gallgher spoke with conviction. 

"The coalition, from it's inception, continues to grow in the memory of Ralph Politi Jr., who was taken way too soon. In the months prior to his death he enthusiastically agreed to join forces with the foundation members to make a real impact in the fight against drug and alcohol abuse," Gallagher also shared.


About the NJ State Governor's Jefferson Award

Honorees of the New Jersey State Governor's Jefferson Award achieve measurable community impact and represent outstanding acts of public service, without the expectation of recognition or compensations. Recipients demonstrate unique vision, dedication and tenacity of heroic proportion and serve as inspiration for others.

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