Governor’s Jefferson Awards Ceremony Honors Chad Murphy, Auggie DeVito
Newark, NJ – Two local community volunteers, Augustine (Auggie) DeVito of Long Branch and Chad Murphy of Sea Bright were honored at the New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Awards ceremony held on Tuesday, June 9, at the Newark Museum. They were among 22 volunteer individuals and groups recognized for their voluntary service each year from among one 1.5 million New Jersey volunteers who devote millions of hours of community service annually.
The Jefferson Awards provide occasion to honor those who help others with no expectations of receiving acknowledgement or financial reward for their work. The program was introduced in New Jersey by Governor Tom Kean in the 1980s, having begun at the national level in 1972 by the American Institute for Public Service. The program’s philosophy is from President Thomas Jefferson and his beliefs in citizens providing leadership, excellence and entrepreneurship in serving and giving back to the country.
Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno addressed and thanked the volunteers, and said the work they do goes beyond what the government might accomplish, and at considerable costs. Other speakers voiced similar sentiments, backed by the applause of everyone in the 300 seat auditorium.
Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno Recognizes the Importance of Volunteerism in Rebuilding
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Volunteers Honored During Ongoing National Volunteerism Month Celebration
Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno and volunteers from the North Carolina Baptist Men(NCBM) who worked on rebuilding a home in Seaside Heights.
Trenton, NJ – Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno today participated in two volunteerism events in Seaside Heights and at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)in Newark to recognize individuals who have dedicated their time and efforts to rebuild New Jersey communities severely impacted by Superstorm Sandy. The events were part of an ongoing celebration of service during National Volunteerism Month in April.
“Although nearly 18 months have passed since the storm, it’s important to not only remember, but promote the fact that so many volunteers remain engaged in the recovery process,” said Lt. Governor Guadagno. “These dedicated individuals are committed to restoring the communities that were affected in New Jersey, and in doing so deserve our highest praise and gratitude. Without their efforts, many families would not yet have been able to return to their homes, and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to thank them personally.”
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