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MONTCLAIR, NJ – The Board of Trustees of Partners for Health Foundation announced that it is presenting its 10-Year Anniversary Founder’s Award to longtime Board member Paul A. Lisovicz, who served as a Trustee from 2005-2015 and Board Chair from 2009-2013. The Founder’s Award was established to recognize an individual whose efforts significantly shaped the Foundation through commitment, innovation, professional expertise, philanthropy and overall leadership. The award will be presented in November, when the Foundation will also honor 10 Community Impact Awardees who are making extraordinary contributions to health and well-being.

Paul Lisovicz was elected the Foundation’s second Board Chair shortly after it had begun to operate as an independent public charity and had made its first community health grants in 2008.  During his tenure as Chair, Paul guided Partners for Health through its formative years.  He was also the first Chair of the Board’s Trusteeship Committee when it was established in 2014.  He remains active as a former Trustee, serving on the Foundation’s Golf Committee and its Leadership Advisory Council.

Chris Petermann, current Board Chair, and Kevin Rendino, who served as Chair from 2014-2017, noted that, “Paul was instrumental in transitioning Partners for Health to its new mission.  We are delighted to recognize him for his past and continuing contributions.”

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“I’ve known Paul on a personal and professional level for more than 25 years. He has a great understanding of what public service means and is deeply committed to positively impacting the community,” adds John Kelly, Board Treasurer and Chair of the Golf Committee.  “Paul helped shape the Foundation into what it is today, collaborating seamlessly with Trustees and staff with a level of integrity that was universally appreciated and respected.”

Paul is a Partner at the law firm of Kinney Lisovicz Reilly & Wolfe PC. His practice is concentrated in the areas of product liability and commercial litigation.   He resides with his wife, Joan, in Glen Ridge, NJ, where they raised their three children, Jessica, Edan and Phillip, and where Paul has been a member of the Borough Council for the past 12 years.

“I am deeply humbled and honored to receive the Founder’s Award, especially during this milestone anniversary year,” says Paul Lisovicz.  “I’m proud to have been part of the development of Partners for Health, proud of what we accomplished during my tenure, and most of all, proud that the Foundation has developed a reputation as an anchor institution addressing the health of our community.”

Partners for Health Foundation fosters collaboration among nonprofits so that, together, they can increase positive health outcomes in the communities they serve.  A key focus area is providing access to healthy food and physical activity as a way to prevent chronic disease. The Foundation also supports the issues of homelessness, aging, mental health, community safety and more. Since 2008, Partners for Health has awarded more than $12 million through 188 grants, and partnered with more than 70 organizations, congregations, school districts and municipalities.  The Foundation is marking its 10th anniversary in 2018 with Community Impact Awards, a program that will distribute a total of $100,000 to celebrate 10 organizations or individuals – including unsung heroes and rising stars – who are making extraordinary contributions to the health and well-being of their communities.

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