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West Orange Chamber of Commerce 17th Annual Awards to Feature Two-Time Super Bowl Champion, David Diehl; Cass Realtors to be Names Business of the Year

David Diehl Credits: Jackie Goldman Schatell
Cass Realtors (which was started in 1991 by Tekeste “Cass” Ghebremicael) to be Named Business of the Year. Credits: Cass Realtors
David Diehl Credits: Jackie Goldman Schatell
David Diehl Credits: Jackie Goldman Schatell

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The 17th Annual West Orange Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner is being held on April 29, at 5:30 p.m., at The Atrium, located at 609 Eagle Rock Avenue in West Orange. The Annual Dinner is open to the public.  Sponsorship opportunities and/or tickets are available online HERE; at the Mayor's Office, located at 66 Main Street; or at Cass Realty, located at 6 Northfield Avenue. For more information, call 973-731-0360.

There is a full line up of speakers and honorees planned for the event including the following:

  • David Diehl, Former NY Giants offensive lineman and two-time Super Bowl champion will be the guest speaker.
  • West Orange business, Cass, Inc., Realtors has been chosen as the Business of the Year.
  • Saint Barnabas Medical Center will receive a special award commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the organization.
  • In addition, members of the West Orange Police Department and Fire Department will be recognized for their heroic efforts.

Guest Speaker David Diehl

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According to the Chamber, Diehl has proven to be a versatile professional, both on and off the field. He is a FOX game analyst and host of a weekly talk show on SiriusXM NFL Radio. Diehl spent his entire 11-year NFL career with the New York Giants, where as a Giant, he started on two Super Bowl championship teams—in 2008 and 2012 and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2009. He also started the first 120 regular-season games and seven postseason games during his career—the longest streak of its kind by a Giant since the introduction of the 16-game schedule in 1978. In 2012, Diehl was the recipient of the prestigious Wellington Mara NFL Man of the Year Award.

Since 2013, Diehl has served as a spokesperson for Barnabas Health and the Matthew J. Morahan, III Health Assessment Center for Athletes. He is currently a Barnabas Health ambassador for healthy living, enabling him to continue impacting the lives of residents throughout New Jersey, where he has proudly taken up residency since joining the Giants in 2003.

Editor’s Note: Diehl recently spoke to a full house on the dangers of concussions at Saint Barnabas. Click HERE to read the TAP article.

Honoree Cass Realtors

Cass Realtors was started in 1991 by Tekeste “Cass” Ghebremicael, long-time West Orange resident and businessman. He began as the sole realtor in the firm which has grown to more than 20 active realtors. Ghebremicael has extensive expertise in real estate and served as an elected Trustee of the North Central Jersey Board of Realtors for several years. Cass Inc. also offers accounting and tax services.

Ghebremicael, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) for over 30 years, is a Member of American Institute of CPA’s and NJ Society of CPA’s. He is also an active volunteer in the West Orange community having served as a past president of both the West Orange Chamber of Commerce and the West Orange Rotary Club, and he continues to be an active member of both organizations. In addition, he sits on the Planning Board for the Township of West Orange, where he has been a member for over 10 years. He is also the Chairperson of the Township of Orange Rent Leveling Board.

Born in Eritrea, in East Africa, Ghebremicael came to the United States at the age of 19 in 1973 and worked his way through college at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. He is married to Ayalnesh (Hanna) and is the father of five children and four grand-children. He is also very active in the Ethiopian and Eritrean communities of New Jersey.  Ghebremicael is the co-founder and Building Committee Chairperson of the Amanuel Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church in West Orange. He also served as the Chairperson of Selam Mutual Assistance Association of New Jersey and is a proud and active member of the West Orange African Heritage Organization.

Police to be Honored

In addition to the Business of the Year Award, the West Orange Chamber of Commerce will be awarding Officer Andrew Berkery, Detective Dennis McCole and retired Officer Raymond Rosania an award for their efforts in apprehending Ali Muhammad Brown who was wanted for multiple murders and charged with killing Brendan Tevlin.

Firefighters to be Honored

The West Orange Fire Department will also be recognized. Captain Thomas Belli, Firefighter Steven Cusano, Firefighter Jonathan Gonzalez and Captain Brian Aker will be receiving an award for their heroic efforts with an incident that occurred earlier in the year.

Honoree Saint Barnabas

Saint Barnabas Medical Center will also be receiving a special award, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Medical Center. 

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