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December 9, 2010

RE: First Lady’s New Jersey Local Heroes Initiative

Dear Mayor:

Yesterday in Princeton, First Lady Mary Pat Christie announced a new initiative - New Jersey Local Heroes - to showcase people and organizations that are impacting New Jersey in their own distinctive ways -- big and small.

Every month, a new hero will be designated from nominations submitted by residents through the First Lady's website,

During his Inaugural Address back in January, Governor Christie recognized five local heroes. They were Caroline B.T. Wallace of International Youth Organization in Newark; David Girgenti of Wish-Upon-A-Hero in Cherry Hill; Tammy Evans-Colquitt of Image and Attitude in Pennsauken; Jim Benedict of St. Peter's Church Lunch Kitchen in Freehold and Chip Paillex of Grow-A-Row in Franklin.

Calling them everyday people doing remarkable things for their communities, First Lady Mary Pat Christie yesterday recognized four more individuals for their compassion and humanity during the ceremony held at Drumthwacket, the Governor’s Mansion. The four new Heroes are:

John W. King of the Center for Educational Advancement (CEA) in Flemington; Kate Dowd, Assistant Program Director, GlassRoots in Newark; Gerald Marcus, Co-Chair, Morristown Neighborhood House in Morristown; and Beverly Gordon, Project Self Sufficiency in Newton.

The First Lady has invited all New Jerseyans to nominate “… someone who has made an impact on your life or on the lives of others, …” If you would like to nominate a Local Hero, go to the bottom of the page of the First Lady's website at  and click the NJ Heroes tab. Follow the application instructions and submit the person you believe is a true New Jersey Local Hero.

Very truly yours,


William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director


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