HAWTHORNE, NJ – On Friday, January 31, the Hawthorne Chamber of Commerce honored Van Dyk Park Place Assisted Living at its annual Member of the Year Awards Dinner. The venue, held at Macaluso’s in Hawthorne, featured a sit-down dinner and DJ entertainment.
The event officially began with remarks from Chamber President Robert Meier, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by Frank Matthews. An invocation was offered by Pastor Howard Van Dyk of the Hawthorne Gospel Church with further remarks by Mayor Richard Goldberg.
Mayor Goldberg then swore in the officers of the Hawthorne Chamber of Commerce. 2020 officers and members of the board of directors include President Robert Meier, 1st Vice President Inez Ramirez, 2nd Vice President Mary Lou DiMattia, Treasurer Lori Fylstra, and Secretary Kimberly Miletti, Kevin Downs, Robert Scully, Johnny Manganiotis, Frank Matthews, Fred Viaud, Robert Gurrieri, and Vincent Kane. Alternates were Christie Pagano, Gigi Joseph, Michael Pasquale, and Jaime Cerritelli. The Dinner Committee consisted of Lori Fylstra of Fylstra and Fylstra LLC, Inez Ramirez of Columbia Bank, and Kim Miletti of The Chocolate Box.
Bob Van Dyk, President and CEO of Van Dyk Health Care, accepted the award as Member of the Year from Frank Matthews. Van Dyk spoke of his family’s connections with Hawthorne and the Gospel Church. “I’m just overwhelmed,” he said at the podium. “Our family goes back in Hawthorne and it just doubles the honor to be here tonight…. Hawthorne has always been the most supportive of any community we have worked with.”
Van Dyk heaped praise on the staff of Van Dyk Park Place, saying, “The reason Van Dyk is Van Dyk is because of all the incredible people who work in our building…. I’ve always said our staff does God’s work.”
In the course of his address, he spoke of their commitment to Alzheimer’s treatment, saying it was “our nation’s next epidemic.”
Van Dyk called on the members of the Chamber and borough leadership to take action. “Please be a part of our conversation and the solution: to make Hawthorne a dementia-friendly community.”
Mayor Goldberg read a proclamation from the borough government dedicated to the good works of Van Dyk Park Place. The evening passed with dinner, music, dancing, and socializing.
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