The 5th Annual Extra Mile Awards luncheon will be held at the Brownstone on May 16, 2013. 

This year’s Extra Mile in Community Leadership Award will be presented to Mr. Terence Byrd, President of Healthfirst NJ.  Mr. Byrd was the recipient of the 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award, and has been a critical partner in the Paterson Reads initiative, a collaborative that is part of the national grade level reading campaign.  Mr. Byrd, through Health First NJ, has played a major role in the Reach Out and Read program, promoting childhood literacy by providing access to reading materials in local healthcare facilities. Reach Out and Read NJ donates age-appropriate children’s books to families and children during scheduled pediatric visits.

The Paterson Alliance will also recognize its nonprofit members.  Awards will be presented to nonprofit staff members and volunteers serving the Paterson community.  The Extra Mile Award goes to individuals who have gone above and beyond the all of duty and who exude pride, commitment and passion for their work, the organization and the community we serve.

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In addition to a delicious lunch and inspiring stories, singer, songwriter and saxophonist Hunter Hayes will perform.

The Paterson Alliance is a consortium of more than 70 nonprofit organizations, working together to advance the quality of life in Paterson.  Success is achieved through collaboration, leveraging resources, sharing information and building community.  Current collaborative projects include Creating a Pipeline to Preschool, Breakfast After the Bell, Paterson PATH Food Pantry Initiative and Paterson Reads.  The Paterson Alliance also partners with Passaic County Community College (PCC) to bring an Individual Development Account (IDA) program to low income students who would like to attend PCC.

Sponsorship opportunities are available.  For information and tickets, contact nfrancois@patersonalliance.org.  Follow on Facebook and LinkedIn:  Paterson Alliance OR Twitter:  VibrantPaterson