SUMMIT, NJ – Marianne Kranz has been chosen as one of 10 Union County residents to receive the 2017 Women of Excellence Award. The award is presented by the Union County Commission on the Status of Women, and sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Women who live or work in Union County are recognized annually for distinguishing themselves by making major contributions in one or more of the following categories: arts / humanities, business / entrepreneurial, community service / volunteerism, education, government, law, law enforcement, medicine / health care, and women’s advocacy. Kranz received the award for volunteerism.

“Together, our 10 awardees demonstrate that women’s leadership and advocacy plays an essential role throughout the Union County community,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen.

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Kranz, currently Director of Volunteers, Meals on Wheels, and Home Support Services, has worked at SAGE Eldercare since 1998, where she began as Manager, Meals on Wheels and Shopping Service. She oversees about 600 volunteers and the delivery of more than 45,000 meals each year to older adults in the community, many of whom are homebound and living alone.

She has partnered with ARC of Union County, and worked with corporate sponsors to raise funds for the Meals on Wheels program. Kranz has also volunteered since 2004 and surpassed 800 volunteer hours for Caring Contact, a crisis hotline and resource center based in Westfield. She is married to Tom Kranz, a councilman with the Borough of Fanwood.

“Marianne is dedicated to improving the lives of others, throughout her career and in her own volunteerism. We are thrilled to see Marianne recognized for her contributions to Union County (and beyond) and are proud to have her as an integral part of SAGE. It is a well-deserved award,” said Angela Sullivan, SAGE Executive Director.