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Boys & Girls Club of Paterson and Passaic Set to Honor 'Hometown Heroes'


PATERSON, NJ- With Halloween just around the corner there is an increased amount of attention on heroes. Children everywhere are thinking about dressing up as The Hulk, Batman, Spiderman, Wonder Woman, and others, excited to pay homage to the characters they watch on the screen completing amazing acts of strength.

For the Boys & Girls Club of Paterson and Passaic, heroes are much more local, and they want the entire community to know that.

On Monday, October 30, they will hold their fourth annual Hometown Heroes dinner at the Brownstone. As has been the case at previous dinners, this one will pay special tribute to one police officer and one firefighter from both Paterson and Passaic.

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The awardees, according to Wendy Schwamb, Chief Development and Marketing Officer for the Boys & Girls Club of Paterson and Passaic, are selected by their peers and are those that “go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that children and families are healthy, safe, successful and happy.”

The “Hometown Heroes”, Schwamb said, “are the ones that serve their communities from their hearts. They don’t look for recognition, and they don’t do good deeds to be thanked.”

A government official is also recognized at the dinner, with County Surrogate Bernice Toledo this year’s recipient. As Surrogate Toledo is responsible for, among other things, the supervision of adoptions and special hearings for incapacitated persons. The role she serves in, therefore, touches the lives of many, and often at their most difficult times.

Saying that “while they may not wear a uniform, they certainly perform heroic tasks every day on behalf of students and parents,” Schwamb added that for the first time this year the Hometown Heroes dinner will also recognize a member of the Paterson Education Association. “

According to their website the Club, on average, serves 1,000 kids per day in both Paterson and Passaic. 

Tickets for the dinner cost just $65.

For more information about how you can buy a ticket for the dinner, or become a sponsor, click here.

TAPinto Paterson is proud to be the media sponsor of the Hometown Heroes dinner.

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