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The Making a Difference Award was established in 1997 by the late Russell Berrie, a New Jersey-based entrepreneur and CEO of Russ Berrie & Company.
The Award honors individuals who make New Jersey a better place — through service to others, to their communities, or by an act of extraordinary heroism.
A total of 419 individuals have been recognized since 1997.
More than $4.1 million has been awarded to New Jersey residents since 1997.
Honorees are located in every county in New Jersey.
Honorees range in age from nine years old to ninety years old.
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