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November 1, 2017

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Hundreds of guests gathered on Thursday, October 26 at Westmount Country Club to celebrate NJCDC's 23rd Anniversary. At the event, NJCDC honored board member Joseph A. Cabrera, Vice Chairman – Eastern Region of Colliers International, for his commitment to making a difference in the City of Paterson, and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and its Commissioner Chuck Richman for their work administering the state's Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit (NRTC) program.

23rd Anniversary DinnerFollowing a sumptuous cocktail hour, more than 200 guests were welcomed by Bob Daleo, Chairman of NJCDC's Board of Trustees, who expressed his gratitude to the sponsors and supporters of our 23rd Anniversary Dinner. The event raised more than $200,000, which is crucial to helping the 14,000 children and families in our neighborhood lift themselves out of poverty and change their lives for the better.

23rd Anniversary DinnerBob Guarasci, NJCDC's Founder and CEO, offered his reflections by sharing a series of notes he's received from NJCDC service recipients. The notes offered compelling testimony about the impact of NJCDC's programs and services on the children and families we serve.

Bob Guarasci surprised Bob Daleo with an award commemorating Daleo's six-year tenure as Chairman of NJCDC's Board of Trustees and his steadfast support of our work to improve the lives of those we serve. Bob Guarasci also announced that Don Buckley, Market President of TD Bank, has been elected to serve as the new Chairman of NJCDC's Board of Trustees.

23rd Anniversary DinnerNJCDC housing resident Josh Copeland addressed the audience and spoke movingly about his journey. At 22-years-old, Josh was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and was prescribed painkillers for his disease. Within six months, Josh was addicted to heroin, and became homeless and unemployable. After five years of living under a bridge off of Route 80, Josh gained his sobriety and found affordable and supportive housing at NJCDC's Spruce Terrace Apartments, where his apartment overlooks the bridge he used to live under. Josh is now set to graduate from Passaic County Community College (PCCC) next month with a 3.9 GPA and works as a recovery coach through the Opioid Overdose Recovery Program that was launched by Eva's Village. By the end of his remarks, Josh had moved many to tears and he received an overwhelming standing ovation.

23rd Anniversary DinnerGuests also watched a compelling video about how the NRTC program, which offers corporate sponsors a 100% tax credit for funds provided to nonprofits carrying out comprehensive revitalization plans, has been essential to NJCDC's work revitalizing Paterson's Great Falls Promise Neighborhood. NJCDC Board Member Lori Grifa then introduced honoree Commissioner Richman, who spoke about the NRTC program's impact, and presented him with his award. Through the NRTC program, NJCDC has received more than $6 million of funding.

Bob Daleo introduced our other honoree, Joe Cabrera. Mr. Cabrera spoke about his service as a member of NJCDC's Board of Trustees and his passion for the work NJCDC does each and every day. The award presentations and honorees' remarks were followed by a rousing rendition of "Lean on Me" performed by members of NJCDC's Compete for Life program.

NJCDC would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support of this year's Dinner and for making our 23rd Anniversary celebration a success:

Premier Event Underwriters:

Colliers International
The Daleo Family

Anniversary Level:

Thomson Reuters

Sponsor Level:

BD
KPMG
PSEG

Friend Level:

Alma Realty Corp.
Federal Home Loan Bank of New York
PNC
PwC
TD Bank
Valley National Bank
Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf

Supporters Level:

Clifton Savings Bank
Practical LLC
Railroad Construction Company
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