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Impending Storm Forces Suburban Chamber to Postpone Awards Dinner

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SUMMIT, NJ - The Suburban Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner scheduled for Wednesday, March 21 at the Grand Summit Hotel will be postponed due to impending storm. The Chamber will reach out as soon as a date has been set. Inquiries should be directed to Karen Hadley khadley@suburbandchambers.org or call 908.522.1700.

The area individuals, organizations and businesses to be honored includ:

Skin Deep Salon and Spa is being recognized with the Business of the Year award. The Chamber seeks to recognize a business or business person who has operated a respected business in our communities.  Considerations is given for outstanding practices, products and/or services and involvement in our communities by way of contributions to local programs, events and other services.

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Susan Barbaglia, owner of Skin Deep, is being recognized for her outstanding leadership, professionalism, expertise in her field, and her unfailing support of countless charitable groups in our area. Barbaglia opened her business in New Providence 23 years ago and consistently grew it through superior services and customer care to the success it is today. Her dedicated and long-term client-base speak to her professionalism, excellent customer service and expertise in her field. She is unparalleled in knowledge, care and experience in our area.

What sets Barbaglia apart from her colleagues is her dedication to not only her clients, but the community they live in. She consistently and unquestioningly donates and supports so many good causes in our community. She genuinely cares for our towns and its people.

Drew Maldonado and Jude Avelino are recognized for the Citizens of the Year Award. This award honors outstanding, well-rounded citizens who live or work in our communities and has demonstrated exemplary services by way of volunteerism and community involvement.

Drew Maldonado led the effort and raised $1.5 million towards renovations to the Summit Community Center.  Having been a community volunteer on so many levels, in particular a long tenure as the President of Summit Junior Baseball, he understood the true need for additional gym space in the City. Jude Avelino later joined Maldonado, representing the Summit basketball community. They joined forces to make the fundraising effort as successful as possible.

Today, as you pass the site of the former Summit Community Center you will see the construction of a modern Summit Community Center which will be an asset to the community, an attraction for new residents to choose Summit and a lasting reminder of a City filled with residents with great charitable spirit. Drew and Jude’s leadership of this team created an effort that was remarkable.

Diane Swett is being recognized with the Silver Service award for her dedication to helping others. This award recognizes a private citizen or public servant who has served at least 25 years in multiple volunteer organizations and/or on community boards or committees, someone who has demonstrated a long-time dedication to the community.

Her commitment and loyalty to her family, friends and community have been stellar for over 40 years. These include the Junior League of Summit, Overlook Hospital Auxiliary, Reeves Reed Arboretum, the schools, her church, and so many more organizations.  Swett has been an example of volunteerism par excellence and a role model for young and old.

Jim  DiMaio is being awarded the Presidents award. This special award is presented as a special honor by the CEO of the Suburban Chamber of Commerce to a person, business or organization that has demonstrated outstanding leadership in providing services to its surrounding communities.

Jim DiMaio, owner of Derco Print in Berkeley Heights, is being recognized with the Presidents' award. DiMaio is on the board of the Suburban Chamber and very active on the local level in Berkeley Heights. Derco is the staple for most locals, and discounts for local fundraisers. He is present and active for all local Berkeley Heights Chamber functions, is always present at the annual Slam the Junk Cleanup Day, and has been helping out at street fair last few years. He is a member of a few other organizations and I can get most of that information from him if he would be considered for this award.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum is being awarded with Good Neighbor award. This award traditionally recognizes a person, business, property owner or organization which has made significant improvements to the community including expanding and enhancing cultural experiences.

Under the direction of Frank Juliano, who has breathed vibrance and creative energy into this invaluable neighborhood resource, an increasing number of local residents, both young and old, are attracted to the natural and cultural experience of this special place.

In addition to its historic grounds and display gardens that create beautiful wedding venues, folks can enjoy art exhibits, outdoor concert series and summer camps, special events, rollicking fundraisers  and more.

The Brooke Healey Foundation is being recognized for the Organization of the Year. Each year the Chamber honors an organization which has consistently performed services within our communities and has achieved or carried out one or more outstanding events or projects during the previous year.

Fighting childhood cancers and supporting families battling them is tough work. The Brooke Healey foundation, named for an inspiring five year old who succumbed after a brave fight to a rare childhood brain cancer, is making a difference over the past five years. Starting with a Bikers for Brooke fundraiser, which just finished its fifth year, the foundation has added other events including a golf event and a casino night. In 2017 they raised over $224,000 for the effort. Donations from fundraising go to research and also to families who need help while battling childhood cancers.

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