NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The Rotary Club of Plainfield-North Plainfield named North Plainfield Mayor Michael Giordano the recipient of the 2015 Service Above Self Award. The award was handed out at the 17th annual Rotarian Wine Tasting and Dinner at Giovanna’s in Plainfield. Nearly 200 people attended the jovial event.

“I am truly honored to receive this distinguished award and am gratified to see so many here to honor the concept of service to our communities,” said North Plainfield Mayor Michael Giordano.  “I am familiar with some of the past recipients of the Service Above Self Award and I am humbled to be part of that distinguished group.  Our communities have known good times and bad.  But I am confident that our best days lie ahead.  I grow more confident of that as I look around this room tonight and take pride that I am a part of our progress. Thank you, Rotary, I will always treasure this evening and this award.”

“Under Mayor Mike’s Administration we have seen tremendous economic growth,” said former Mayor Janice Allen. “We have seen the addition of Costco, Texas Roadhouse and things that are on the horizon on the planning board, Lazyboy, Metro-Storage, Goodwill Showroom, Kiddie Academy and Dollar Tree.

In addition to Mayor Giordano, another big winner for the evening was North Plainfield’s Interact Club. The Interact Club is running Pennies for Patients Fundraiser. Pennies for Patients raises money for children suffering from leukemia and lymphoma. “We are making a donation for Pennies for Patients from Lyons Club on behalf of Mayor Giordano,” said North Plainfield Councilman Frank “Skip” Stabile. The donation which was for $250.00 was half of the targeted goal by the Interact Club. The giving didn’t stop there however, as North Plainfield Police Chief Parenti donated $100.00 to the Interact Club, Darlene Cullen from TAPinto donated her $85.00 she won from the 50/50 raffle, and Eileen Loughnane f donated the 50/50 grand prize of $200.00 for the Interact Club’s Pennies for Patients.