WEST ORANGE, NJ – The West Orange Scholarship Fund will honor Mary Jo Codey for 30 years of dedicated teaching and advocacy of mental health issues on Tuesday with a cocktail reception at the Montclair Country Club in West Orange.

The reception is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and funds raised will establish an endowment to benefit graduating West Orange High School seniors for years to come.

Mary Jo Codey has worked as a Basic Skills teacher at Gregory Elementary School for 16 years and will retire on July 1. As First Lady of New Jersey, Codey was Ambassador to the Governor’s Book Club that promotes literacy initiatives statewide.

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In addition to both Mary Jo and Gov. Richard Codey’s commitment to the children of the State of New Jersey, they founded the Codey Fund for Mental Health in 2012.

Mary Jo Codey herself is a long-time outspoken advocate for mental health and has been candid about her own experiences with post-partum depression. Learn more about The Codey Fund here.

Currently, the West Orange Scholarship Fund (WOSF) has in excess of 40 permanent endowments that help to provide scholarships each year to graduating seniors, and since its inception in 1923 the WOSF has awarded nearly $1.2 million in scholarships.

Tickets for the Cocktail Reception are $50 and include lite fare and a cash bar. Checks can be made payable to the West Orange Scholarship Fund with “Codey Family Scholarship” in the memo line.

Contact Jim Quinn at jquinn@allenco.com with questions.

Mary Jo Codey Invitation