GARWOOD, NJ - The Union County Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. held its 45th Annual Founder’s Day luncheon on April 22nd at the Westwood in Garwood.

The 2017 recipients included:  

  • Man of the Year was awarded to Ravenell Williams, IV, President/CEO of the Plainfield Area YMCA.
  • Eldridge Hawkins, II, CEO and founder of the Black Belt Security & Investigation, LLC;  received the Male Role Model award.
  • Business Woman of the Year was given to Stacey Welch, owner of LiVay Sweet Shop in two locations, in downtown Plainfield and on Rt 22 in Watchung.
  • Professional Woman of the Year was Kim D. Osterhoudt, founder and CEO of Osterhoudt and Associates, LLC, dba Jams by Kim.
  • Mylis Bernel Harrison, a Plainfield Police Officer, was recognized for his volunteer and charitable community service and received the Community Service Award.

The club presented its highest award, The Sojourner Truth Award, to Joyce E. Watterman, a Jersey City resident for her meritorius service in the community.

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Six scholarships were also presented to graduating seniors in Union County.  The Murial Ingram Book award was given to Kenar Myers, a Plainfield High School student, and the David A. Boston S.T.E.M. Scholarship was awarded to Tamiah Holmes, a student at Frank J. Cicarell Academy Elizabeth High School.

Club scholarships were given to three students at Frank J. Cicarell Academy Elizabeth High School: Briana Seabrook, Jonathan Cajuste, and Cierra Lebron; Denya Tello of Linden High School was also a recipient.

The Union County Club continues in “Moving Forward with a Purpose: Empowering Communities & Shaping Lives.” The Club President is Sheila R. Greenwood.