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Special Olympics New Jersey 2010 Awards Dinner Friday, November 19

A celebration to honor the individuals and corporations who inspire greatness in us all.


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Celebrating more than 25 years, the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey has grown stronger each year in its commitment and dedication to our growing number of athletes. It was a natural fit that these guardians of the community would reach out to support society’s most deserving individuals ... Special Olympics New Jersey athletes. What began with a few volunteers more than a quarter of a century ago grew to become the 44-member Law Enforcement Torch Run Committee, and these roots spread to include more than 3,000 volunteer members of the Torch Run in New Jersey, who raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics New Jersey year-round. Dressed in their uniforms in the heat of Summer Games, and working outside for hours enduring the chill of the Winter Games, members of the Torch Run are always present to award medals and ribbons; prepare food at the hot grills; oversee venues; shake a hand; or offer a word of encouragement to athletes, families, coaches and other volunteers. These dedicated and loyal supporters sponsor major fundraising events that include: two mid-winter Polar Bear Plunges; a newly established plunge - The Thanks-4-Giving Plunge; a 5K through the Lincoln Tunnel; and a Plane Pull. In addition, the LE Golf and Central Jersey Golf Classic in 2010 garnered celebrity attendance as well as a record number of participants. And, 2011 is looking to be just as exciting! Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey has been nationally recognized for their accomplishment in assisting the Special Olympics movement: they raised more than $2.6 million dollars this year, earning the honor of the Third Place Torch Run in the world. This esteemed group has ranked among the top Torch Runs internationally for six years, sitting in the first place spot for four consecutive years. We salute the members of Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey for their many years of service and loyalty to the athletes of Special Olympics New Jersey.


Welcome Award Winners, Athletes, Family and Friends, Welcome to a night of celebration. Tonight, we will celebrate a year of stories that represent forty-one years of athletic achievement, and we will congratulate all that have made it possible. We will honor a lifetime volunteer and we will honor an athlete who defines the name of the memorial award he has been selected to receive. We will meet a coach who goes beyond all of our expectations and recognize a training program that has impacted the athletes and community they serve. We will celebrate the accomplishments of a team that made New Jersey proud and we, once again, will pay tribute to the Law Enforcement Torch Run Community. The year 2010 will be remembered for many things, and while we celebrated our many stories, we also paid tribute to our Founder Mrs. Eunice Kennedy Shriver with a time capsule that will impact future generations. Tonight we will experience her achievements in the greatness of our stories ... and with each and every applause, we shall all recognize the greatness that she brought to all of our lives. All of us here this evening are part of a movement that has created change and acceptance and provided opportunity to some of our most deserving friends, neighbors and family members. Tonight we say thank you to all of these sponsors and volunteers, and extend a very sincere congratulations to our athletes, award winners and their families. Thank you,

Fred Graziano Chairman, Board of Directors

Marc S. Edenzon President


2010 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Fred Graziano Chairman TD Bank

Donald Slaght

1st Vice Chair:

Advance Real Estate Solutions

2nd Vice Chair:

Nelligan Sports Marketing, Inc.

Secretary:

AmeriHealth New Jersey

Treasurer:

TJ Nelligan

Judith L. Roman

Stewart McClure Somerset Hills Bank

Chief Robert Belfiore Port Authority of NY & NJ

Jack Cust, Jr.

Cust, Dori & Benick, C.P.A.

Kristine R. Deni

Lawrence Township Public Schools

Charles T. Epps

Jersey City Public Schools

Mark Giamo BDO USA, LLP

Greg Matteo

RC Patrick Development Corp.

Dr. Roberta R. May Shore Memorial Hospital

Chris McCormac

Special Olympics NJ Athlete

Robert J. McCrossan Hitech Data Floors

Peter McGuigan

McGuigan Tombs & Company, PC

Scott G. McLester Wyndham Worldwide

Paul Prior

Hinkle, Fingles & Prior Law

Robin C. Rotenberg BASF

Patricia A. Smith, CIP DVUA

Timothy M. Tracy Ernst & Young LLP

Barbara Wallace USA - Gymnastics National Official

Charlie Wimberg Atlantic City Electric

Ex-Officio Members Patricia Swartz

NJ Dept. of Community Affairs

Marc S. Edenzon

Special Olympics New Jersey


2010 AREA DIRECTORS Anita Nedswick Area 1 - Hudson County Rich Deska Area 2 - Passaic County Betty Lunn Area 3 - Morris, Sussex & Warren Counties Joyce Kirchin Area 4 - Hunterdon County Doris S. Darling Area 5 - Middlesex & Union Counties Jeri Hickey Area 6 - Monmouth & Ocean Counties Marianne Aponte Area 7 - Camden, Gloucester & Salem Counties Sue Kinsell Area 8 - Atlantic, Cape May & Cumberland Counties Frank Petrucci Area 9 - Essex County Chris & Larry Hanko Area 10 - Somerset County Joanne Monaco Area 11 - Mercer County Artie Mortensen Area 12 - Bergen County Sandy Rodenbeck Area 13 - Burlington County

The Board of Directors and Staff of Special Olympics New Jersey would like to thank the Area Directors for their ongoing commitment to our Special Olympics New Jersey athletes. For a lifetime of dedication and the large amounts of time you have given to the athletes, their families and to the organization - thank you.


SPECIAL OLYMPICS NEW JERSEY AWARDS DINNER 2009-2010 Awards Categories

CATEGORY I

One recipient was selected for each Category award. Outstanding Local Training Program: awarded to the best example of high quality sports training for Special Olympics athletes. Outstanding Volunteer Group/Organization: awarded to the best example of voluntary action by a group to the Special Olympics program. Outstanding Media Coverage: for the most extensive, accurate coverage of Special Olympics events. Family of the Year: for the family of a Special Olympics athlete that has demonstrated unique and outstanding support of the Special Olympics movement and Special Olympics athletes. LETR Recognition Award: for an individual who has demonstrated support in the area of Law Enforcement for Special Olympics New Jersey.

CATEGORY II One recipient on the Area Level and one recipient on the Chapter Level were selected for each Category award. Individual Volunteer of the Year: for exemplary voluntary action by an individual for the Special Olympics program. Outstanding Coach: for an individual in any Special Olympics sport who has demonstrated a high degree of technical skill and personal commitment to preparing athletes for participation in Special Olympics events.

CATEGORY III One athlete was selected for each sports season (Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer). Outstanding Athlete - Fall Sports: awarded to the Special Olympics athlete who has shown determination, dedication to training, and increased proficiency in Fall Sports. Outstanding Athlete - Winter Sports: awarded to the Special Olympics athlete who has shown determination, dedication to training, and increased proficiency in Winter Sports.


Outstanding Athlete - Spring Sports: awarded to the Special Olympics athlete who has shown determination, dedication to training, and increased proficiency in Spring Sports. Outstanding Athlete - Summer Sports: awarded to the Special Olympics athlete who has shown determination, dedication to training, and increased proficiency in Summer Sports.

CATEGORY IV The Bessie Perlman Achievement Award: for the athlete who has demonstrated a dedication to sportsmanship and success in the community. The S. Michael Higgins Special Olympics Scholarship Award: for an athlete who has demonstrated dedication to sport and success in the community. Spirit Award: for individuals who have advanced the mission of the Special Olympics program through yearround support and innovation. Special Recognition: for individuals who have advanced the mission of the Special Olympics program through year-round support and innovation.

HALL OF FAME Recipients are selected and showcased in the Hall of Fame at the Special Olympics New Jersey Sports Complex.

Special Olympics New Jersey Lifetime Achievement Award: for an individual who had dedicated 20 years or more to the SONJ Program and who has had extraordinary impact on the Special Olympics Movement. Special Olympics New Jersey Hall of Fame: for an individual who has advanced the Special Olympics movement in one of the following categories: Sports & Training, Fundraising, and/or Public Awareness.


YEAR-ROUND CORPORATE PARTNERS CHAMPION PARTNER N

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Law Enforcement for Special Olympics New Jersey: For more than 25 years, this dedicated group has tirelessly volunteered hundreds of thousands of hours to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics athletes. Partners with LE are: Italian-American Police Society of New Jersey Macy’s New Jersey Fraternal Order of Police New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association New Jersey Knights of Columbus Port Authority of NY & NJ Policemen’s Benevolent Association, Inc.

PREMIER PARTNERS Continental Airlines, Inc. Delta Dental of New Jersey, Inc. Jersey Shore Running Club Professional Insurance Agents of New Jersey New Jersey Young Insurance Professionals ShopRite / Wakefern Food Corporation TD Bank Wawa, Inc.

PLATINUM PARTNERS AmeriHealth New Jersey Atlantic City Electric AT&T BASF Corporation HealthQuest of Hunterdon New York Football Giants PGA - New Jersey Section TD Ameritrade


GOLD MEDAL PARTNERS CAN DO Fitness Clubs Comcast FedEx Corporation Flaghouse, Inc. Munich Reinsurance America Nelligan Sports Marketing, Inc. New Jersey Dental Association New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company New Jersey Resources NJ.com PNC Bank Precision Printing, Inc. Seton Hall University Athletics Department State Street Corporation Universal Solutions, Inc.

SILVER MEDAL PARTNERS Hinkle, Fingles & Prior Law MultiAd Omni Video Creations, Inc. Rutgers, The State University The College of New Jersey Today’s Graphics, Inc.

BRONZE MEDAL PARTNERS 21st Century Insurance AMERIGROUP Corporation Goldman Sachs Community Teamworks Northwestern Mutual Financial Network - The Savino Group

FOUNDATION PARTNERS NJ Department of Community Affairs Grainger Foundation Johnson & Johnson Ronald McDonald House Charities TD Bank through the TD Charitable Foundation The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey Bayer Foundation Bristol-Myers Squibb Company CR Bard Foundation, Inc. South Jersey Industries Integra Foundation sanofi-aventis


EUNICE KENNEDY SHRIVER DAY SEPTEMBER 25, 2010 Special Olympics led the world in a celebration of Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s life. Special Olympics New Jersey (SONJ) marked the day by placing a time capsule in a memorial brick wall structure at the entrance of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Sports & Training Center at the SONJ Sports Complex in Lawrenceville. Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day (EKS DAY) is an annual celebration of her life and a global call for people to commit actions of inclusion, acceptance and unity for and with individuals with intellectual disabilities. The Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day message calls for people to continue these acts of inclusion for those with intellectual disabilities, in essence to “play on.” The time capsule, which will be opened on July 20, 2068, the 100th anniversary of Special Olympics, contains pictures and publications from Mrs. Shriver’s visits to New Jersey, along with correspondence and other related materials paying tribute to her life. There were many in attendance at the EKS DAY including, Special Olympics New Jersey athletes, coaches, parents, staff, board members, and friends and supporters of the Special Olympics movement. Mrs. Shriver passed away on Aug. 11, 2009 after dedicating her life to fighting for the rights of those with intellectual disabilities. She believed everyone deserves respect. She opened her home, she coached and above all, she was a friend. She demonstrated an indomitable spirit in action. She believed that one person could make a difference and change the world.


2011 SPECIAL OLYMPICS WORLD SUMMER GAMES June 25-July 4, 2011 More than 7,500 Special Olympics Athletes from 185 nations will compete in 22 Olympictype sports at the 2011 World Summer Games in Athens, Greece, the “land of fair play.” Team USA will consist of about 300 athletes from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. They will be accompanied by about 120 coaches and support staff. Athletes are chosen by their home states and before the World Games, will have the opportunity to meet, train and bond as a team at the Team USA Training Camp in San Diego March 28 – April 1, 2011.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR TEAM USA NEW JERSEY ATHLETES!

Margo Lee Aquatics

Chris McMullen Aquatics

Christina Vassar Athletics

Padraig Westgate Bocce

Rebecca Visalli Bowling

Kurt Schmidt Bowling

Mark Halpern Athletics

For details about the 2011 World Summer Games, visit www.athens2011.org/en


2011 SCHEDULE OF STATEWIDE & NATIONAL COMPETITIONS* Floor Hockey State Tournament

Team Play

January 8-9, 2011

Wildwood

Winter Games

February 7-9, 2011 Skiing - Alpine Skiing - Cross Country

2/8-9

Vernon

2/8-9

Vernon

Skating (Figure & Speed) 2/8

Stockholm

Snowboarding

2/8-9

Vernon

Snowshoeing

2/8-9

Vernon

Spring Sports Festival April 2-4, 2011

Basketball

4/2-3

Wildwood

Bowling (Team)

4/2

Ewing

Bowling (Singles)

4/3

Stratford

Summer Games June 10-12, 2011

The College of New Jersey, Ewing Aquatics, Bocce, Gymnastics, Powerlifting, Softball, Tennis & Track & Field

Fall Sports Festival October 2011

The Lawrenceville School & Alternate Venues Cycling, Equestrian, Flag Football, Golf, Soccer & Volleyball

* Represents Special Olympics New Jersey’s state level sport events. Please visit www.sonj.org for a schedule of more than 160 competitions held statewide.


2010 Awards Dinner Program Opening Remarks Team New Jersey Introduction/Sponsor Recognition Family of The Year ..................................................................................................................... The O’Brien Family.

Corporate & Foundation Partner Recognition Area Director Recognition Outstanding Media Coverage of the Year .................................................................. WCBS - News Radio 880

Law Enforcement Torch Run Recognition a Dinner c Lifetime Achievement Award .......................................................................................................... Jim Semenecz Hall of Fame Inductee ................................................................................................................... Charlie Zelinsky Hall of Fame Inductee ........................................................................................................... Christopher Gaimari Outstanding Coach of the Year - Area ......................................................................................... Rita Thompson Outstanding Coach of the Year - Chapter ................................................................................... Michelle Woolf Individual Volunteer of the Year - Area ........................................................................................... Jill Boughner Individual Volunteer of the Year - Chapter .................................................................................. Natalie Hatrak Outstanding Volunteer Group ..................................................................................... Hightstown High School Outstanding Athlete - Fall Sports .................................................................................................... Jeremy Knapp Outstanding Athlete - Winter Sports ........................................................................................... Kari Kozlowski Outstanding Athlete - Spring Sports ............................................................................................... Kyle Osterloh Outstanding Athlete - Summer Sports .......................................................................... Christopher McMullen Outstanding Local Training Program ...................................................................... Kingsway Learning Center 2010 Spirit Award Winner .................................................................................................................... Karen Roth 2010 Spirit Award Winner .................................................................................................................. Cindy Miller 2010 Spirit Award Winner ..................................................................................................................... Paul Welsh Induction - Law Enforcement Torch Run Wall of Recognition .................................................... Joseph Reilly Bessie Perlman Achievement Award ......................................................................................... Matthew Wiecek S. Michael Higgins Scholarship Award ................................................................................ Christopher Harold

Closing Video


2011 FUNDRAISING ACTIVITIES LETR Adopt-A-Cop

Jan. 1- June 10 Statewide

Sons of Ireland Polar Bear Plunge

January 1

Asbury Park

LETR Polar Bear Plunge in Wildwood

Jan. 15

Wildwood

The New York Giants Snow Bowl

Feb. 12-13

East Rutherford

Seton Hall Night with the Pirates

Feb. 22

Newark

LETR Polar Bear Plunge in Seaside

Feb. 26

CAN Do Inspirational Spin-A-Thon

Seaside Heights Princeton, March 19-20 Edgewater, and Short Hills

Seaside Heights RunAPalooza April 16 to Asbury Park LETR Lincoln Tunnel 5K May 1 Fun Run/Walk Challenge

Weehawken

Delta Dental Golf Classic May 9

Far Hills

HealthQuest 5K Run

May

Hunterdon

The Perlman Cup Golf Classic

May 16

Monroe

The Higgins Classic

June 6

Bridgewater

LETR Torch Run

June 10

Statewide

Nelligan Sports Marketing Golf Classic

June

Summit

NJYIPs Fun Run

June

Atlantic City

Central Jersey Golf Classic

July

Seaside Heights

PIA NJ Golf Classic

Sept.

West Windsor

LE Golf Classic

Sept.

TBD

LETR Continental Airlines Plane Pull

Sept.

Newark

Beach Bump 38

Sept.

Atlantic City

American Girl® Fashion Shows

Oct.

Monroe

SONJ Awards Dinner

Nov

Princeton

Thanks “4” Giving Plunge

Nov.

Oakland

Evening of Chance

Nov.

Lawrenceville

Jingle All The Way 3K

Dec.

Lawrenceville


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