UNION COUNTY, NJ - The Union County Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. will highlight community trailblazers to receive community service awards at its 45th Annual Founders’ Day Awards Luncheon.

The 2017 recipients are:  

  • Man of the Year will be presented to Ravenell Williams, IV, President/CEO of the Plainfield Area YMCA
  • Eldridge Hawkins, II, New Jersey Department of State & Office Intergovernmental Affairs, Director of Community Outreach will receive the Male Role Model award
  • Business Woman of the Year is Stacey Welch, owner of LiVay Sweet Shop in Plainfield, NJ
  • Professional Woman of the Year is Kim D. Osterhoudt, CEO of Osterhoudt and Associates, LLC, dba Jams by Kim
  • Mylis Bernel Harrison, a Plainfield Police Officer, who has been recognized for his volunteer and charitable community service, is the recipient of the Community Service Award

The club will present its highest National Award, Sojourner Truth, to Joyce Watterman, Jersey City Council Woman, and Pastor at Continuous Flow Christian Center, for her meritorious service to the community.  National Director of Membership Annie R. Lucas of Plainfield will present this award.

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The presentations will take place on April 22nd at 12:00pm at The Westwood in Garwood, NJ.

The club will also present five scholarships and its Muriel Ingram Book award to Union County area high school seniors:

  • Jonathan Cajuste - Elizabeth High School
  • Tamiah Holmes - Elizabeth High School
  • Cierra Lebron - Elizabeth High School
  • Kenar Myers - Plainfield High School
  • Briana Seabrook - Elizabeth High School
  • Deyna Tello - Linden High School

For ticket information, call (908) 754-3895.  A portion of ticket sales supports a scholarship fund.