CLIFTON, NJ — At its annual Arts and Eats for Justice gala, the local nonprofit firm Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ), which helps underserved individuals and families across New Jersey, honored Livingston resident Marc Brummer and his family.

The 2018 Partner in Justice Award was presented to Hobby’s Delicatessen & Restaurant in memory of founder Samuel Brummer, whose two sons, Marc and Michael, and wife, Rona, were honored at the event for their commitment to VLJ’s mission.  

“I am thrilled that we were able to recognize the Brummer Family,” said Cathy Keenan, VLJ executive director. “They have been strong partners to VLJ, and without their support, we would not be able to serve the over 4,000 New Jerseyans we’re able to help every year. Thank you so much to Rona, Michael and Marc for truly being partners in justice.”

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Arts and Eats for Justice, the organization’s annual gala, was held at the Valley Regency in Clifton. The gala is a celebration of how VLJ staff, volunteers, funders, and community partners work together to transform the lives of low-income and vulnerable clients in New Jersey.

Hobby’s Delicatessen & Restaurant, a celebrated Newark restaurant, and the Brummer family have been steadfast supporters of VLJ since 2004, according to the organization. During those 14 years, the family has participated in numerous campaigns, such as the popular “name a sandwich” competition, to increase awareness of VLJ services. Additionally, Hobby’s and the Brummer Family are strong supporters of the U.S. military’s Operation Salami Drop program.

Through partnerships with corporations and hundreds of volunteer attorneys, VLJ ensures fair access to the legal system. The organization serves more than 4,000 people each year, including veterans, children, tenants, families and victims of human trafficking, through its pro-bono programs.