NJTV’s Healthy NJ: New Jersey’s Drug Addiction Crisis Celebrates Everyday Heroes in Ceremony on January 18, 2017 at the Trenton State Museum
January 18, 2017 — TRENTON, NJ — NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network, hosted the Healthy NJ: New Jersey’s Drug Addiction Crisis Everyday Heroes Celebration at the Trenton State Museum on Wednesday, January 18th. The event, part of the network’s year-long Healthy NJ: New Jersey’s Drug Addiction Crisis community engagement initiative, was hosted by NJTV News correspondent Michael Hill. The goal of the evening was to celebrate those in the community that are working tirelessly to end the stigma of drug addiction and forward progress on its education, prevention, treatment and recovery. There are many, hundreds if not thousands, who are on the front lines of helping others with this issue. On Wednesday night, NJTV celebrated a few shining examples who are making a difference. Remarks were made by NJTV’s General Manager John Servidio, Acting Commissioner of the Health Department Elizabeth Connolly, who was sent to represent Governor Christie, and included a taped message from US Senator Cory Booker commending NJTV for its work on this issue. Writer Alicia Cook also recited addiction-themed poetry that she and others submitted as part of the network’s poetry initiative launched in conjunction with the year-long program.
The night’s six honorees, which received awards from John Servidio:
- JOURNALIST STEPHEN STIRLING, NJ ADVANCE MEDIA.
- DR. CHRISTOPHER JOHNSTON, CORPORATE MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF PINNACLE TREATMENT CENTERS AND MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF ENDEAVOR HOUSE
- PATRICIA DIRENZO IS A PARENT/ADVOCATE
- ANGELO M. VALENTE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE PARTNERSHIP FOR A DRUG-FREE NEW JERSEY
- OCEAN COUNTY PROSECUTOR JOSEPH D. CORONATO
- PAUL RESSLER IS PRESIDENT AND CEO OF TOPAC—THE OVERDOSE PREVENTION COMPANY
Said Servidio during the ceremony, “We strive to go deeper into the communities we serve through community engagement projects like our healthy NJ: New Jersey’s Drug Addiction Crisis initiative. Thanks to our efforts and all those involved, from our staff to our stakeholders, we’ve been able to bring the conversation about new jersey’s drug addiction and overdose epidemic to a new, personal yet public level. A level of awareness that those we celebrate tonight work every day to maintain.”
NJTV’s Development Director Sarah Rosen and Communications Director Deb Falk were also in attendance. NJTV’s Community Engagement Liaison Selma Betancourt, MS coordinated the multi-faceted event. NJTV News’ Matt Rosen filmed the livestream coverage.
Watch the evening’s event here: https://www.njtvonline.org/addiction/event/healthy-nj-new-jerseys-drug-addiction-crisis-everyday-heroes-award-celebration/
And coverage by NJTV News with Mary Alice Williamshttps://www.njtvonline.org/news/video/honoring-fighting-njs-heroin-epidemic/.
NJTV’s Healthy NJ: New Jersey’s Drug Addiction Crisis initiative is made possible with major funding by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and additional support from the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. Organizations collaborating on this effort include the Community Foundation of New Jersey, Junior League of NJ – State Public Affairs Committee, New Jersey Drug Policy Alliance, Mental Health Association of NJ, Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention, among others.