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Program Director, Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award
Phone: (201) 819-3912
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Quick Facts About the Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award
- The Making a Difference Award was established in 1997 by the late Russell Berrie, a New Jersey based entrepreneur and CEO of Russ Beriie & Company.
- The Award honors individuals who make New Jersey a better place — through service to others, to their communities, or by an act of extraordinary heroism.
- The Award program is supported by the Russell Berrie Foundation and managed by Ramapo College of New Jersey.
- A total of 366 individuals have been recognized since 1997.
- More than $3.5 million has been awarded to New Jersey residents since 1997.
- Honorees are located in every county in New Jersey.
- Honorees range in age from nine years old to ninety years old.
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