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2007 Winners

George Brewer. For his work as a host parent and trip administrator for Healing the Children, George Brewer of Wayne was presented 2007 Russ Berrie Award for Making a Difference and a cash grant of $50,000. For more than 20 years, Brewer and his wife have been hosting children who come to the U.S. for medical treatment. Additionally, Brewer has made eight visits to the Dominican Republic as trip administrator for the group’s International Medical Trips Program.

Dana Katzman-Spett of Mahwah, founder of Pony Power Therapies, won the $35,000 award for her work with disabled children and adults who gain flexibility, balance, muscle strength, confidence and self-esteem while riding horseback. Her organization serves more than 200 clients living with disorders including autism, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and depression, providing a safe and nurturing environment.

Jamie Lauren Cohen of Livingston saved two children from drowning during her holiday break from pre-med studies at the University of Michigan last December. For her quick actions last December, and for her work as founder and driving force behind the Roseville Project – a program to provide holiday cheer to underserved children in Newark, she was presented the $25,000 award.