December 9, 2010 - First Lady Mary Pat Christie Names Gerald Marcus of Morristown Neighborhood House a New Jersey Hero Encourages New Jerseyans to Nominate their Local Heroes at www.nj.gov/governor/firstlady

For Immediate Release: Contact: Michael Drewniak
Kevin Roberts
Date: Thursday, December 9, 2010 609-777-2600 Bookmark and Share
Trenton, NJ – First Lady Mary Pat Christie named Gerald Marcus, Co-Chair of the Morristown Neighborhood House, a New Jersey Hero during a ceremony held at Drumthwacket. New Jersey Heroes is an initiative that showcases the positive ways people and organizations are impacting New Jersey big and small. Mrs. Christie announced that each month a New Jersey Hero will be designated from nominations submitted through her official website, www.nj.gov/governor/firstlady.

“I’ve been inspired and moved by so many outstanding individuals in the Garden State who are truly making a difference in their own way,” said Mrs. Christie. “The volunteer work Jerry Marcus is doing at Neighborhood House is helping to transform the lives of children and adults alike and I applaud his commitment to the community.”

Founded in 1898 as a settlement house that helped Italian immigrants acclimate to their new culture, Morristown Neighborhood House assists immigrants and families confront economic challenges and fosters cross cultural acceptance. Today, through programs provided by Neighborhood House, an average of 1,500 local children, youth and adults receive services daily.

Mr. Marcus joined the Neighborhood House Board in September 1998 and since that time has served in a variety of Board roles. Mr. Marcus is a private investor having been a Managing Director of Hilltop Capital Management, LLC and a Director in the investment area of MetLife, Inc. He holds a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce and an M.B.A. from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management.

“If you know someone like Jerry Marcus, who has made an impact on your life or on the lives of others, we want to hear about it,” added Mrs. Christie.

The state’s first five New Jersey Heroes were selected in January 2010 during Governor Christie’s inaugural. They are Caroline B.T. Wallace of International Youth Organization in Newark; David Girgenti of Wish-Upon-A-Hero in Cherry Hill; Tammy Evans-Colquitt of Image and Attitude in Pennsauken; Jim Benedict of St. Peter’s Church Lunch Kitchen in Freehold and Chip Paillex of Grow-A-Row in Franklin.

To nominate your hero, go to the bottom of the page of the First Lady’s website at www.nj.gov/governor/firstlady and click the NJ Heroes tab. Follow the application instructions and submit the person you believe is a true New Jersey Hero.