Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award
2024 Nominations Open January 1st
Since 1997, the Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award has honored more than 400 New Jersey residents for their outstanding and heroic service to others. Winners of the Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award range from teens to senior citizens, and they come from every part of the state and from all walks of life. Each has made a significant impact through their remarkable accomplishments, demonstrating the power of resilience, dedication, and passion for positive change.
Our 2023 Making a Difference Honorees
11 inspiring Honorees were celebrated at our 27th anniversary award ceremony on Friday, May 5 at Ramapo College. Their profiles below tell their incredible stories and how their outstanding community service and heroic acts have made a substantial impact on the lives of others in their communities and all around New Jersey.
Making a Difference
27th Anniversary Russ Berrie Making a Difference Honoree Presentation
From the Blog
Highlighting 5 Russ Berrie Honorees advancing women of all ages in NJ for Women’s History Month: Ann Wagner, Bridget Cutler, Emma & Quinn Joy, A’Dorian Murray-Thomas, and Tawanda Jones.
Meet Sandra Ramos, a fearless activist fighting to end domestic violence. She founded the first shelter for battered women in North America and has saved lives and created brighter futures for thousands.
Learn how Ray Chimileski and his organization, Operation Chillout, are making a difference by providing support to homeless veterans in New Jersey.