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The 2022 Russ Berrie Making a Difference Honorees have been announced! 

Click on link below to learn more about the outstanding individuals who will be honored this year.

Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award Announces 2022 Honorees

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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 380 individuals have been recognized since 1997.
  • More than $3.75 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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