2023 Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award
Congratulations to the 2023 Honorees
We thank everyone who nominated someone for this prestigious award that recognizes changemakers who are creating positive impact in their New Jersey communities. Watch the video presentation featuring the 11 inspiring Honorees who were celebrated at our 27th anniversary award ceremony on Friday, May 5 at Ramapo College.
You can also read about the 2023 honorees in our news release.
Our 2023 Making a Difference Honorees
Making a Difference
26th Anniversary Russ Berrie Making a Difference Honoree Presentation
Winners of the Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award come from all over New Jersey and from all walks of life.
Meet the 2022 Honorees who were recognized at the 26th Anniversary Award Ceremony and hear their inspiring stories.
From the Blog
Russ Berrie Honorees Are Advancing Women of All Ages
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.
Making a Difference Honoree Profile: Sandra Ramos, Fighting to End Domestic Violence
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.
Russ Berrie Making a Difference Honoree Profile: Ray Chimileski, Caring for Homeless Veterans
Learn how Ray Chimileski and his organization, Operation Chillout, are making a difference by providing support to homeless veterans in New Jersey.