Community Access Unlimited will honor Elaine E. Katz of the Kessler Foundation, attorney Stephen Hehl of the law firm Hehl and Hehl and community organizer Arthur “Skip” Winter at the agency’s Annual Gala Dinner Dance being held Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott.

CAU is a Union County-based, statewide nonprofit that strives to integrate people with disabilities and at-risk youth into the general community through comprehensive supports. Each year the agency honors community partners who play key roles in helping CAU support its members.

Katz is being honored with the Humanitarian of the Year Award. She is senior vice president, grants and communications at the Kessler Foundation, which supports people with disabilities by conducting groundbreaking rehabilitation and disability employment research and funding innovative initiatives to provide people with disabilities access to job opportunities. During her tenure at the foundation, Kessler has awarded more than $43.8 million in grant support to national and community-based employment programs, including at CAU.

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Hehl is being honored with the Public Leadership Award. He is a founding partner of Hehl and Hehl and specializes in land use and development, zoning and planning law, as well as commercial litigation and complex real estate and business transactions. Hehl has been instrumental in assisting CAU with the acquisition and development of properties for housing and mixed-use occupancy.

Winter is being honored with the Ira Geller Award for volunteerism. He is an elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Cranford and a member of the Steering Committee of the Union County Interfaith Coordinating Council. The council promotes inclusion of all people within the community in houses of worship and creates a clearinghouse of faith-based, nonprofit and government community services available to the public. Winter also plays a key role in organizing the council’s annual Union County Day of Prayer, which each year which draws hundreds to an evening of inclusion and hope.

Activities will include music and dancing, a silent auction and a free photo booth with Milestone Photo Booth Rentals, with photos available online afterward.

To register or place an ad in the gala ad journal, visit or contact Mercedes Pagan at 908.354.3040, ext. 4376. All funds raised at the event go toward supporting CAU programs and services.

To learn more about CAU, visit or follow the agency on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Community Access Unlimited

Community Access Unlimited (CAU), celebrating its 40th year in 2019, supports people with special needs in achieving real lives in the community. CAU gives a voice to adults and youth who traditionally have little power in society, assisting its members with housing, life skills, employment, money management, socialization, and civic activities. CAU also supports opportunities for advocacy through training in assertiveness, decision-making and civil rights. Currently serving more than 5,000 individuals and families, CAU continues to grow each year. For more information about CAU and its services, contact us by phone at 908.354.3040, or by mail at 80 West Grand Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202.