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Everyday Heroes Award (2017)

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Recognizing the achievements of individuals working on the frontlines in the fight against drug addiction across New Jersey.

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
New Jersey State Museum


Master of Ceremonies – Michael Hill, NJTV News

Welcoming Remarks – John Servidio, NJTV

Message from the Office of Governor Chris Christie – Elizabeth Connolly, Acting Commissioner of New Jersey Department of Human Services

Special Message  U.S. Senator Cory Booker

Readings from NJTV’s Poetry Initiative on Addiction  – Alicia Cook, Dear God

Initiative Year-End Report – Video

Readings from NJTV’s Poetry Initiative on Addiction – Alicia Cook in honor of Molly Ina O’Donnell
Poems: When The Devil Knocks and Raw


Communicator Award: Stephen Stirling, NJ Advance Media

Community Award: Paul Ressler, TOPAC

Health Award: Christopher Johnston, M.D., Endeavor House /Pinnacle Treatment Center

Inspiration Award: Patty DiRenzo, Parent Advocate

Innovator Award: Joseph D. Coronato, Ocean County Prosecutor

Prevention Award: Angelo M. Valente, Partnership for A Drug-Free New Jersey

Special Voices Award presented to Alicia Cook

NJTV’s Healthy NJ: New Jersey’s Drug Addiction Crisis initiative is a multi-platform project made possible by major funding from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Additional support from The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

NJTV’s Community Engagement Liaison Selma Betancourt, MS coordinated and produced the multi-faceted event.

Related News

January 20, 2017

Honoring Those Fighting NJ’s Heroin Epidemic

via NJTV News

January 20, 2017

Event Recap: NJTV’s Healthy NJ: New Jersey’s Drug Addiction Crisis Celebrates Everyday Heroes

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