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Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno Presents the Governor’s Jefferson Awards


May 2, 2012 Trenton, NJ – Recognizing New Jersey’s outstanding volunteers, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno presented the prestigious Governor’s Jefferson Awards to 20 citizens, organizations and companies at a ceremony at the Newark Museum. More than 1,400 nominations were submitted for this year’s awards.


“Volunteerism is truly compassion in action, and these citizens have not only identified priority needs, but have found unique ways to address those needs,” said Lt. Governor Guadagno. “Some of the honorees have given decades of service to their communities. Corporate volunteers have directly served thousands of victims of the Haitian earthquake. One dedicated and selfless individual gave his life responding to the needs of others during Hurricane Irene.”


These honorees represent a small fraction of the approximately 1.5 million New Jersey volunteers who provide more than 170 million hours of service each year.


The Governor’s Jefferson Awards is a partnership of the New Jersey Office of Volunteerism, PNC Bank, the Community Foundation of New Jersey, BD, PSEG, Verizon, and State Farm Insurance. The Governor’s Volunteer Awards began under Governor Kean in the 1980’s and the National Jefferson Awards were initiated in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U. S. Senator Robert Taft, Jr. and Sam Beard to establish a Nobel Prize for public and community service.  New Jersey consolidated the two awards programs in 2010.


This year’s award feature several categories, including a one-time-only category for those who volunteered during the response to Hurricane Irene.


Edward J. O’Malley, Chair of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Volunteerism, praised the members of the Council for their dedicated work as judges for the awards.


“Our Council members set the pace for volunteerism in New Jersey, serving as judges for the awards and reading as many as 70 nominations in individual categories,” said O’Malley.  “The Governor’s Jefferson Awards are truly a highlight and inspiration for all of us each year.”


Information on the awards and the online application can be found at www.njgovernorsawards.com.



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Click the here for an audio clip of Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno’s announcement. Transcript of the audio clip is below.

Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno:  The volunteers we’re honoring tonight are nothing short of inspirational.  From raising money so amputees can get prosthetics to a minister who lives with the homeless to help them become self-sustaining to a gentleman who overcame a handicap so he can drive homebound seniors to their appointments to an EMT who gave his life during Hurricane Irene, these volunteers, and many others, have set examples for us to follow.





Recipient                                                          Town                            Category


Beatrice Emma Bernzott                                                    Linden                                   PSEG Environmental Stewardship

Becton Dickinson - Volunteer Service Trip                     Franklin Lakes                     Corporate Leadership

Minister Steven A. Brigham                                               Lakewood                             Faith Based Services

Alrick A. Brown                                                                     Plainfield                               Verizon Education

Evelyn Dudziec                                                                    Newton                                  Lifetime Service

Minister Thomas Ellis                                                         Newark                                  Community Pillar

Janet Farrand                                                                       Long Valley                          Service to Youth

Richard Goldberg                                                                Parsippany                           Executive Leadership

Stacey Halvorsen PT                                                          Bordentown                          BD Health Care Professional

April Kauffman                                                                    Linwood                                Volunteer Leadership

Michael Kenwood               (posthumous)                      East Windsor                        Hurricane Irene Response

Mallory King                                                                         Jersey City                            Founders/Innovators

Dale Mertz                                                                            Dover                                     Against All Odds

Sam Morris                                                                           Mine Hill                                Good Neighbor

New Eyes for the Needy                                                    Short Hills                             Volunteer Group

Pass It Along                                                                        Sparta                                    Youth Volunteer Group

Harry Pozycki                                                                       Metuchen                              Founders/Innovators

Adele Taylor                                                                         Williamstown                        Youth in Service

Evan Thomas                                                                       Brookside                              Emergency Services

Susan Tonry                                                                         Robbinsville                          BD Health Care Individual