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NJCDC’s Founder and CEO Honored at Paterson Alliance Awards

NJCDC’s Founder and CEO Honored at Paterson Alliance Awards

June 5, 2023

The Paterson Alliance (PAL) was founded in 1997 when NJCDC's CEO, Bob Guarasci, asked five other groups to join him in organizing city non-profits to promote partnership, advocacy, and fellowship. PAL now counts 100 member organizations that work together to create a more vibrant Paterson.

In 2007, Bob and then PAL (and now Mayor) Andre Sayegh came up with an idea to pay tribute each year to unsung heroes working in the city's non-profit sector. They called it the "Extra Mile Award" and each year PAL asks its member organizations to nominate a staff member or volunteer who has gone above and beyond the call of duty and who exudes commitment and passion for their work, their organization, and for the Silk City—in short, someone who has gone the "Extra Mile." Over the years, scores of dedicated non-profit sector staff members have been honored.

This year, Bob Guarasci received the Paterson Alliance Outstanding Board Service Award at the 2023 Extra Mile Awards Luncheon, which was held on Wednesday, May 24 at The Brownstone. For the last 25 years, Bob has given much of himself and his talents to the Paterson Alliance and served on its board from 2014 through 2022.

Throughout the celebration, the Paterson Alliance honored and presented awards to over 15 recipients, including Outstanding Board Service Awards to Bob's fellow honorees Yvonne Zuidema, the former CEO of the United Way of Passaic County, and Bernadette Tiernan, the former Executive Director of the School of Continuing and Professional Education at William Paterson University.

In the event program, they shared, "Bob is a proven, passionate advocate for social justice and has been recognized for his work in the community development field." Bob has received numerous awards and honors, including Montclair State University, Passaic County Community College, the Boys and Girls Club, and others. In that vein, the program continued, "The Paterson Alliance is grateful for Bob's significant impact on the non-profit sector and on the lives of many people in Paterson.

Thank you, Bob, for always going the extra mile and showing your commitment to our great City of Paterson! And a big congratulations to all of the 2023 Paterson Alliance Extra Mile Awards recipients on this well-deserved honor!

View the video salute to the 2023 Paterson Alliance Extra Mile Awards winners on

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