THE ;;;; SEEDS OF HOPE HONOREES
PROUDLY SERVE NEW JERSEY.
s sure as the sunrise, acts of kindness large and small happen on a daily
basis across the Garden State. To highlight these sometimes hidden
and always selfless e;orts and the people behind them, New Jersey
Monthly created the annual Seeds of Hope Awards to celebrate and
honor the state’s most dedicated volunteers.
Although there is a 70-year age di;erence between the youngest and oldest hon-
orees this year, they all share a passion for giving back to their communities. Their
commitment a;ects people of all ages.
The 2016 honorees were chosen from 67 nomi-
nees by our panel of four judges: Kathleen DiChiara,
founder, president and CEO of the Community Food-Bank of New Jersey; John Harmon, founder, presi-
dent and CEO of the African-American Chamber
of Commerce of New Jersey; Sue Henderson, presi-
dent of New Jersey City University; and Judy Spires,
chairwoman and CEO of Kings Food Markets.
The honorees will be saluted at a luncheon on
September 21 at the Crystal Plaza in Livingston.
The event is sponsored by PNC Wealth Management and the Crystal Plaza.
Photographs by JOHN EMERSON