SUMMIT, NJ - Summit residents Claire Toth and Mike McTernan, along with Hilltop City-based SAGE Eldercare are among the Suburban Chamber of Commerce's 2020 Award honorees. The Awards will be presented April 1 at the Chamber’s 10th Annual Awards Dinner, "Tying the Communities Together," at the Grand Summit Hotel.   

The Award winners include

Claire Toth -- Silver Service Award

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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.

Toth is Vice President, Chief Operating Officer of Summit-based Point View Wealth Management, where she undertakes sophisticated financial planning for clients, including retirement, education, and estate planning services.

Prior to joining Point View, Toth was Of Counsel with Herold and Haines, where she focused her practice on privately held businesses and their owners. More recently, she is Of Counsel to Bourne Noll & Kenyon in Summit.  She also spent several years with the Treasury Department in Washington D.C., where she supervised tax regulations and rulings.

She received her A.B. and J.D. degrees from the University of Chicago, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and has a Masters of Law in Taxation from Georgetown University and has been awarded the CFP designation. 

Toth and her husband David Dietze  have two children.  Currently, she is Secretary of the Summit Historic Preservation Commission, Treasurer of Summit Downtown, Inc., Assistant Treasurer of SAGE Eldercare, and sits on the finance committees of Family Promise, St. Teresa of Avila parish, and Impact 100 Garden State.  She is also an active volunteer with the University of Chicago.

SAGE Eldercare -- President’s Award

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.

SAGE offers comprehensive programs and services and serves thousands of older adults and their families annually in Union, Essex, Morris, and Somerset Counties, and beyond. SAGE is distinguished among its field with being one of the oldest eldercare agencies in New Jersey and also one of the few nonprofit eldercare agencies in the United States that offers a comprehensive array of services under one roof.

Mike McTernan -- Public Service Award

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.

Mike McTernan is a General Partner at Hilltop Ventures LLC. He served six years as a City of Summit Council Member and served two years as Council President, and occupied a key leadership role during the decision-making process for the City's Master Plan Re:Vision. 

Berkeley Heights YMCA -- Organization of the Year Award

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.

The YMCA invested more than $14 million in building a new 40,000 square-foot facility for the Berkeley Heights and surrounding communities. This facility allows for additional opportunities to serve more children, teens, adults, families and seniors and expand its collaborative efforts with local organizations and partners. This investment "cements [the YMCA] as a true community leader for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility for years to come. The first new YMCA branch built in NJ in over 10 years, the facility opened February 6, 2020.

Lantern Hill -- Good Neighbor Award 

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.

Lantern Hill opened in 2016 and opened a new independent residential building, Bell Pavilion, in October that features 168 apartment homes. The continuing care neighborhood at Lantern Hill opened in early 2018.The on-site, continuing care neighborhood provides assisted living, sub-acute rehabilitation, nursing care, and memory care. This is in addition to the 275 maintenance-free, independent living apartment homes.

Delicious Heights -- Business of the Year Award

The Chamber seeks  to recognize a business or business person who has operated a respected business in our communities.  Consideration 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.

Delicious Heights opened as a take-out only deli in 2002. Since, the Berkeley Heights business moved and renovated the former Gasoline Alley in 2007, evolving from a deli catering storefront to a multi-generational dining and gathering spot.

Tickets for the Awards dinner are available by visiting suburbanchambers.org or by calling 908-522-1700.