SUMMIT, NJ - The Suburban Chamber of Commerce has announced the recipients of the 2019 Chamber of Commerce Awards, which will be presented April 3 at the Chamber’s Annual Awards Dinner, "Tying the Communities Together," at the Grand Summit Hotel.
The faward winners include:
Silver Service Award – Jack Cooper
This award recognizes a private citizen or public servant who has served at least 25 years in multiple volunteer organizations and/or on community boards or committees, someone who has demonstrated a long-time dedication to the community.
Jack Cooper is an attorney at Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper in Summit. Cooper serves as President of the Summit Area Public Foundation, is a former Board Member of SAGE Eldercare and a Trustee of the Overlook Hospital Foundation, is a member and past President of the Northern New Jersey Estate Planning Council, and is a past President of the Summit Area United Way, the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad, and the Summit Family Service Association. He is also a past Board Member of the Summit Speech School and served as Vice Chair of Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child.
Organization of the Year Award – Moms Helping Moms
Each year the Chamber honors an organization which has consistently performed services within our communities and has achieved or carried out one or more outstanding events or projects during the previous year.
Moms Helping Moms, founded by Bridget Cutler of New Providence in 2011, started out as a simple idea by a group of new mothers who shared the common ideal that no baby should ever have to go without life’s basic necessities. They currently serve thousands of individuals from low income families every month by providing them with the essentials that they need to raise their children including diapers, clothing, strollers, nursing supplies, hygiene items, and many other items.
Good Neighbor Award – Berkeley Heights Winter Walk Committee
This award traditionally recognizes a person, business, property owner or organization which has made significant improvements to the community including expanding and enhancing cultural experiences.
Berkeley Heights Winter Walk, in its fifth year, is an all-inclusive holiday event which takes place in conjunction with the Berkeley Heights Recreation Special Events' Tree Lighting. The Winter Walk draws thousands of residents from Berkeley Heights and neighboring communities to the Berkeley Heights downtown business district. Originated and chaired by Bobbie Peer of TAPinto Berkeley Heights and Cheri Pertesis and Hilary Boothby of Anything Flower, the Winter Walk is fully funded and hosted by the local businesses to give back to the community by creating a festive, welcoming atmosphere in the downtown area to kick off the holiday season.
Public Service Award – Former Berkeley Heights Mayor Robert Woodruff
This award honors an outstanding, well-rounded citizen who lives or works in our communities and has demonstrated exemplary services by way of volunteerism and community involvement.
Bob Woodruff, is currently "Of Councel" with Schiller, Pittenger & Galvin , P.C., in Scotch Plains, specializing in litigation with emphasis on Labor and Employment, Civil Rights. Woodruff has served Berkeley Heights as Mayor (five years) and Councilman (four years). Under his leadership, Berkeley Heights has been recognized as one of the State’s best places to live and is now undergoing a major transformation which addresses both infrastructure needs of the redevelopment of the municipal complex and affordable housing requirements. Woodruff was a member of the Berkeley Heights PAL Board (and coach), member and Chairman of the Berkeley Heights Recreation Commission, and member of the Berkeley Heights Planning Board. He is a member of Fairth Lutheran Church in New Providence and has been teaching the 8th grade confirmation classes for over 30 years.
Business of the Year Award – Barth's Market
The Chamber seeks to recognize a business or business person who has operated a respected business in our communities. Considerations is given for outstanding practices, products and/or services and involvement in our communities by way of contributions to local programs, events and other services.
Barth's Market, a third generation family owned and operated business in New Providence since 1960. Barth's prides itself on providing its customers with the highest quality and freshest products available. Their homemade cold cuts, sauseges, and cured meats are prepared using recipes that have been handed down for generations. Their recent expansion has allowed them to offer their customers a wider variety of products.
President’s Award – Judith Leblein Josephs
This special award is presented as a special honor by the Chairperson of the Suburban Chamber of Commerce to a person, business or organization that has demonstrated outstanding leadership in providing services to its surrounding communities.
Judith Leblein Jospehs has spent over 40 years working in the field of recreation, parks and leisure. Having grown up in public housing in Newark, Judith's childhood was positively influenced through participation in public recreation and her adventures at Boylan Street Pool. She has served in her current position as the City of Summit's Director of Community Programs since 2007. Her department produces 30+ special events per year in collaboration with non-profits and corporations through sponsorships. Her leadership on improving Summit's iconic Cornog Field House, Summit Family Aquatic Center, Summit's Muni, Investors Bank Field, Tatlock Tennis Courts and the Summit Community Center will leave her imprint on the region. She also has grown the TryCAN Program for children with special needs has grown from one program to a collaboration of 12 area communities providing quality recreation programs for children with special needs.
Tickets for the awards dinner and purchase of ad journal entries are available through the Suburban Chamber of Commerce website – www.suburbanchambers.org, or by calling the Chamber at 908 / 522-1700.