By: Reney Waters, Follow South Jersey Child Welfare Intern
BRIDGETON, N.J. — The Bridgeton Area Chamber of Commerce is asking community members to nominate groups of individuals, organizations, and/or businesses who have worked to sustain and strengthen people, other organizations, and/or the city’s economy by nominating them for the Chamber’s annual “Hometown Heart” awards.
On December 8, the foundation will hold an awards celebration at the Grove in Centeron to honor businesses and great community heroes. If you know a business or community leader who deserves to be recognized for their work and contributions to the city, you can fill out a nomination form here. Residents have until July 31 to submit their nominations for the 2021 community hero awards.
The Bridgeton Area Chamber of Commerce is known for helping local businesses and community leaders in the area for years. It is seeking nominations for its three community hero awards, three area businesses to recognize, and two memorial awards: The Francis “Binks” Sharp Lifetime Achievement Award and the Gary F. Simmerman Community Leadership Award .
Last year, Dr. Robin Weinstein won the Gary F. Simmerman Community Leadership Award, and Hopewell Mayor Bruce Hankins won the Francis “Binks” Sharp Lifetime Achievement Award. Weinstein is the founder of the M25 initiative – a nonprofit based in Cumberland County that aims to feed the hungry, reinstill a sense of community, reduce crime rates, and transform people’s lives.
You can find more information about last year’s award winners and this year’s ceremony here.
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This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.