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
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
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
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