UNION COUNTY, NJ - Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Union County will host its second annual Women’s Leadership Luncheon on Wednesday, March 11 — the heart of Women’s History Month — to highlight two Union County women whose contributions positively impact their community.

Held 11:30 to 1:30 at the Grand Summit Hotel, the luncheon kicks off with a mayoral welcome from Summit’s Nora Radest and keynote from Ilyse DiChiara, owner of Green Healthy Living and a certified integrative nutrition, health and wellness coach. DiChiara owned the nationwide trial consulting business Litigation Support Solutions more than 20 years. Westfield Councilwoman Joann Neylan is master of ceremonies.

This year’s honorees are Summit’s Sue Adler, CEO of The Sue Adler Team of Keller Williams in Chatham, and Tina Renna of Cranford, owner of Renna Media and publisher of 21 community newspapers.

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Adler is ranked 10 out of 175,000 Keller Williams agents worldwide, focusing on train line towns, and each year sponsors a charity contest that culminates in a total $20,000 donation to six local nonprofits, winnowed from a larger list of nominees. Online public voting determines the six finalists and amounts awarded. Last year, CASA of Union County received $6,000 to further its advocacy on behalf of Union County foster youth.

Renna is feted for her work to use her writing, editing and photography “to tell the stories of ordinary people who do extraordinary things, big or small, that inspire others and their communities.” Renna Media’s community newspapers are circulated to more than 135,000 Union, Somerset and Morris County towns, featuring news from town departments, schools, libraries and local organizations, and accomplishments of community members and businesses, in an effort to positively impact each town’s well-being.

Tickets are $75; tables of 10 and sponsorships are available. Log on to casaleadershipluncheon.eventbrite.com to purchase. For luncheon details, contact Alexis at aslade@casaofunioncounty.org.

CASA of Union County recruits, trains, supervises and supports community volunteers to advocate for abused, neglected and abandoned children placed in foster homes or residential facilities. There are more than 500 Union County youth, birth to age 21, in foster care. With court-ordered access to the child, advocates report findings to the judge to ensure their best interests. Contact Courtney at cgreen@casaofunioncounty.org or (908) 293-8136 to learn more about getting involved

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