Celebrating South Jersey’s Leading Citizens

2019 South Jerseyans of the Year
2019 South Jerseyans of the Year
2019 South Jerseyans of the Year
2019 South Jerseyan of the Year: Sen. Nilsa Cruz-Pérez
2019 South Jerseyan of the Year: Sen. Nilsa Cruz-Pérez
2019 South Jerseyan of the Year: Sen. Nilsa Cruz-Pérez
2019 South Jerseyans of the Year: the DiNatale Family
2019 South Jerseyans of the Year: the DiNatale Family
2019 South Jerseyans of the Year: the DiNatale Family
2019 South Jerseyans of the Year: the Ravitz Family
2019 South Jerseyans of the Year: the Ravitz Family
2019 South Jerseyans of the Year: the Ravitz Family
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Two longtime South Jersey families and a New Jersey Senator were among those honored during the 18th Annual Walter & Leah Rand Scholarship and Awards Dinner, held Thursday, May 2, 2019, in Cinnaminson.

The “South Jerseyan” of the Year awards are given annually to recognize the contributions of outstanding individuals in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors working to improve lives and strengthen local communities. This year’s honorees included: the Ravitz family, owners of Ravitz Family Markets; Mario and Gisele DiNatale, co-founders of the Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation; and Senator Nilsa Cruz-Perez, representing the fifth district in the New Jersey Senate.  Former Sen. Diane Allen led the presentation as master of ceremonies. 

“Through these awards each year, we shine a spotlight on the exceptional people that are making a difference in our local communities,” said Darren Spielman, executive director of Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs. “At WRI, we are focused on building knowledge for good policy and practice in South Jersey, and it’s important to recognize those that are not defined by the challenges we face but inspired by the opportunities and collaborative partnerships that exist in our region. We work to instill this same spirit of service and leadership in the talented students that work alongside us on projects throughout South Jersey.”

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Posted 3:14 pm May 15, 2019

17th Annual Walter and Leah Rand Dinner

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On April 26th, 2018, WRI held its 17th Annual Walter and Leah Rand Awards and Scholarship Dinner. The event was held at The Merion, with more than 160 people in attendance. James Kehoe, President of Tonio Burgos New Jersey presented the South Jerseyan of the Year – Private Sector award to Jack Tarditi, Managing Director, Conner Strong and Buckelew. The Honorable Albert Kelly, Mayor of Bridgeton and CEO of Gateway Community Action Partnership, presented the South Jerseyan of the Year – Nonprofit Sector award to Dr. Robin Weinstein, Founder and President of the M25 Initiative. Daniel Dalton, former Senate Majority Leader and Secretary of State of New Jersey, presented the South Jerseyan of the Year – Public Sector award to the Honorable Governor James J. Florio.

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Posted 9:46 am April 30, 2018

Our Piece of the Pie: The Distribution of State Funds to Municipalities Across NJ Regions

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On April 5, 2018 Walter Rand Institute Faculty Fellow Michael Hayes presented findings from his “Our Piece of the Pie” study at WRI’s Forum About South Jersey.  More than 80 people attended the Forum to learn about the distribution of state funds to municipalities across New Jersey.

It has long been speculated that South Jersey, in comparison to the rest of the State, does not receive a representative share of public funding when one considers population size and taxable property value. Professor Hayes’ study controlled for these factors and others and determined that South Jersey’s most economically distressed municipalities receive significantly less state funding assistance than similarly poor municipalities elsewhere throughout the state.

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Posted 5:00 pm April 5, 2018

16th Annual Walter and Leah Rand Awards and Scholarship Dinner – 05/04/2017

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Posted 1:24 pm January 17, 2018

The Forum About South Jersey ‘Is SJ Getting Its Fair Share?’ – 12/06/2016

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Posted 1:21 pm January 17, 2018

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