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MARCH 23, 2011


Family Promise of Salem County (FPSC) volunteers were honored at the 14th annual “Community Spirit Awards” dinner at the Centertown Country Club on March 23, 2011. Recognizing the volunteer efforts of more than 500 volunteers, FPSC was the winner in the Adult Group category.  Volunteers were honored with a “Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition” signed by Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo, a citation from the Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and a “State and General Assembly Citiation” signed by Deputy Speaker John Burzichelli, Assemblywoman Celeste Riley and Senate President Stephen Sweeney, as well as a heart-shaped pottery bowl created by clay artist Kaye Chard of Alloway, NJ.

Since 1998, United Way of Salem County has hosted the Community Spirit Awards dinner to recognize outstanding citizens, groups and companies that demonstrate spirit based on the characteristics of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility fairness, citizenship and volunteerism. Other volunteer groups competing in the Adult Group category were Bancroft School of Mullica Hill Meals-On-Wheels student volunteers, the Salem County Chamber of Commerce’s Ambassador Club, Farmers Mutual Insurance Company, Friends Village Wednesday Sing-Along Group, Harvest Community Bank, PSEG’s North American Youth Generations in Nuclear club, the Salem County Arts Alliance, the Salem Main Street Promotion Committee, the Woodstown-Pilesgrove Business Association, and Warners Wheelers.

Erik Cianci, a youth Family Promise volunteer for the Asbury United Methodist Host Congregation was awarded a $500 scholarship for his volunteer efforts. In addition to donating his time to Family Promise, he also supports Big Brothers Big Sisters, Woodstown Ambulance, Habitat for Humanity and Relay for Life, 30 Hour Famine, American Red Cross and the Shoe Collection for Haiti.

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