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26th Anniversary Russ Berrie Making a Difference Honoree Presentation

On Friday, May 6, 2022, we recognized 12 new Honorees at the 26th Anniversary Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award Ceremony. In this video presentation, we share their unique and inspiring stories.

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There’s no greater importance in life than knowing you’ve helped a fellow human being.”

-Russ Berrie, 1933-2002

Announcing the 2022 Russ Berrie Making a Difference Honorees

Russ Berrie holding a teddy bear

Mr. Russ Berrie

Since 1997, the Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award has honored New Jersey residents whose outstanding acts of service and heroism have made a substantial impact on the lives of others.

We proudly introduce the remarkable individuals who will be honored this year, whose service to others is making a difference in communities around our state.

  • Al-Tariq Best, Newark
  • Emily Dempsey, West Cape May
  • Nicholas Dirla, Bridgewater
  • Stephanie Glover-Wilson, Bayonne
  • Roger Hinton, Orange
  • Diana Mejia, Morristown
  • Samir Nichols, Camden
  • Shenee & Seigha Omuso, Burlington City
  • Quadeer Porter, Newark
  • Tanya & Matthew Veltz, East Orange

To learn more about the 2022 Honorees, read our press release. Honorees will be welcomed at the annual Award Ceremony on Friday, May 6, at Ramapo College of New Jersey.

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