Celebrating Integration Awards Dinner Highlights

The celebratory atmosphere at The Woodland set the stage for a wonderful evening filled with lively conversation, delicious food, music and an inspiring award ceremony. The trustees of the Coalition were excited and proud to honor Julie Pauly of The Able Baker in Maplewood and Yanick Ranieri of Papillon 25 Restaurant and Bar in South Orange with the 2018 Celebrating Integration Awards. These two local business owners have modeled racial inclusion in their businesses and have supported the Coalition in many ways over the years.

Board chair Robert A. Marchman began the evening by reminding people of the hard work and dedication of the trustees and volunteers of the Coalition on Race and he noted some of the successes of the organization over the last year, especially the work on the police community board and the work to support integrated schools.

Executive Director Nancy Gagnier gave out the awards and noted that local businesses are critical to the success of a truly integrated community. “Unless local businesses are serving all residents and visitors well and equitably, we can’t be who we aspire to be.” In addition to the Coalition awards, Assemblywoman Mila Jasey sent State Legislative Proclamations for each honoree.

The annual dinner is the Coalition’s biggest fundraising event of the year. We are especially grateful to everyone who attended, made a donation in honor of the honorees, placed a message in the ad journal, and contributed to the auction. We are especially grateful for this year’s dinner sponsors:

• Fred & Susan Profeta
• David & Betty Harris
• Julie Pauly
• The Quirk-Ceperley family
• Tegan Culler & matthew quint
• Robert a. & Fay marchman
• Erin & Matthew Scherzer
• Ed & Nancy Stuart
• Jessica James

We would also like to thank the dinner committee:

Kelly Quirk
Carol Barry-Austin
Audrey Rowe
Diane Thomson
Nancy Gagnier
Rhea Mokund-Beck

 


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