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Community Leadership Awards

15th Annual Community Leadership Awards: Toward A Just and Beautiful City

HANDS 15th Annual Community Leadership Awards took place on Thursday, November 20, 2014 and recognized ordinary people doing extraordinary things in our community. In addition to a fast-paced award segment, our program featured creative presentations, culinary sampling from the best local restaurants, live jazz and talented young artists.

This year's Mistress of Ceremonies was two time Grammy nominee, Bettye LaVette.

Last year's honorees were:

Laura Sacks, School nurse at the Orange Preparatory Academy for promoting youth and adult volunteerism.

Simeko Watkins-Hartley, Owner of Meko New York and Founder of Born To Be A Natural Leader for empowering and raising expectations for young women.

Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges, (IFPO) located at Church of the Epiphany for organizing distribution of supplemental and emergency food to families in need.

De'Shon Parks, Volunteer Coach and Co-Founder of Not Orange for leading family activities and youth sports to model life skills.

Khemani Gibson, Founding member of ORNG Ink and mentor of the Orange Scholars Academy, History of American Cities project for engaging the community in celebrating history leading to activism to shape the future.

Orange Fire Officers and Firefighters Unions Local 201 and 10, for meeting basic and emergency needs in the community and supporting holiday and cultural events through contributing time and collecting donations.

HANDS thanks these event sponsors:
JPMorgan Chase
Wells Fargo
Valley National Bank
TD Bank
PNC Bank
Garden State Community Bank
NeighborWorks America
New Jersey Community Capital
L&M Development Partners
Mid Atlantic Resource Group, LLC.
Kiernan and Campbell Attorneys at Law
Stuart Klepesch
Rising Tide Capital
Assemblyman Thomas P. Giblin
The Feldman Agency
LWDMR Architects
Gary Mertz, AIA
Local Initiatives Support Corporation