SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood residents Amy Boroff, owner of Be Craftful in downtown Fanwood and Tricia Nering of Heart for Humanity have been named as 2015 "Union County Women of Excellence" by the Union County Commission on the Status of Women. The honorees will be celebrated at the 23rd annual Women of Excellence dinner on March 20, 2015, at Galloping Hill Caterers in Union.

Boroff opened Be Craftful, a children's retail boutique that hosts birthday parties, tween nights, and a craft pit where children and their families can drop-in for some creative fun. Prior to opening Be Craftful, she was a fundraiser, development officer and marketing director at Junior Achievement of New Jersey. A resident of Fanwood, Amy is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

"I'm so honored that Mayor Mahr nominated me for this award," said Boroff, whose business has quickly become a popular destination for children and their parents since it opened in 2013.

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Women throughout the county were nominated for their contributions in the categories of Arts and Humanities, Business/Entrepreneurial, Community Service, Education, Government, Law, Law Enforcement, Medicine and Health Care, or Women’s Advocacy. The 2015 honorees are:

  • Cynthia Alexander, real estate agent, Caldwell Banker and member of many Historic Preservation Groups (Community Leader) - Westfield
  • Amy Boroff, owner, Be Craftful (Entrepreneurship) - Fanwood
  • Adrian Gardner, Union County Sheriffs Officer (Law Enforcement) - Elizabeth
  • Lynne Fitzpatrick, owner, Guillotine Salon and Spa, (Business Leader) - Cranford
  • Erica Bell Foster, Vauxhall Branch Library Manager, Union Public Library and Director of Career Services at Pathways Learning Institute (Education) - Union
  • Ceil Mantia, social worker, Rotarian and trustee of The Historical Society of Elizabeth (Lifetime Achievement) - Elizabeth
  • Kathy Lloyd, publisher, TAP into Roselle/Roselle Park (Media) - Roselle/Roselle Park
  • Reverend Joy Mounts, associate pastor, First Congregational Church of Westfield (Youth Advocacy) - Westfield
  • Tricia Nering, Heart for Humanity (Humanitarian) - Fanwood
  • Karolina Szatkowski, The YWCA of Eastern Union County (Women's Advocacy) - Elizabeth

"Union County has long understood the importance or recognizing and supporting women entrepreneurs," said Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr. "They have to overcome barriers, such as lower approval rates for small business loans, I'm so proud of both Amy for hter entrpreneurial efforts and Tricia Nering, who works so hard on behalf of others though her humanitarian efforts, and look forward to attending the event on March 20."

“The Women of Excellence Awards honor the many ways in which women strengthen the Union County community,” said Union County Freeholder Christopher Hudak.

The Women of Excellence award is open to all women, 21 years or older, who live, work, or volunteer in Union County.