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The Commerce and Industry Association of NJ held their Chairman's Reception at the Stony Hill Inn in Hackensack on Thursday, March, 10, 2016. / Russ DeSantis Photography and Video, LLC

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Commerce and Industry Association of NJ salutes corporate philanthropy

MAHWAH, N.J., May 17, 2016 – Inserra Supermarkets was named a “Champion of Good Works”  by the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) at its recent Chairman’s Reception saluting the generosity of the business community.

More than 250 business executives attended the gala reception at the Stony Hill Inn in Hackensack. Martin Kafafian, chairman of the CIANJ board of directors, presented trophies to 33 businesses. “For most of these companies their donations, kindness and community outreach are part of their corporate culture – their mission,” said Kafafian, who is also a managing member of the Beattie Padovano law firm in Montvale. “The public at large is often unaware of the magnitude and scope of the good works. This reception is our way of shining a spotlight on “Companies that Care.”

Established in 1954 by Patsy Inserra as a privately-held family business, Inserra Supermarkets remains true to its roots as a family-owned grocery chain committed to serving families and children. Today, the company owns and operates 22 ShopRite supermarkets in New Jersey and New York. Following in the footsteps of its founder, Inserra family stores have become an integral part of the fabric of the communities in which the stores are situated. Each generation of the Inserra family has built upon Patsy’s vision and goal of improving the lives of those in need. Under the leadership of Lawrence Inserra, Jr., chairman and CEO, Inserra Supermarkets gives back to the community through a vast range of charitable and philanthropic endeavors to benefit organizations both large and small. Those regularly include hospitals and health and wellness organizations; public and private schools and universities; churches and temples; food pantries and soup kitchens; and other non-profit organizations.

The CIANJ is a statewide business advocacy organization based in Paramus. It represents more than 900 member companies from every business sector. The association asked businesses to submit stories of their good works and more than 90 responses were received this year. These accounts and pictures are featured in a special “Companies that Care” section in the March issue of COMMERCE Magazine, the media arm of the association.

A panel of judges reviewed all the submissions and selected the champions. The judges included: Cathleen Davey, executive director of the Ramapo College Foundation, John Galandak, president of the CIANJ, Jackie Lue Raia, assistant director of the NJ Sharing Network, Cindy Myer, the owner of Ridgewood Moving Service who also serves as president of the board of the Center for Hope and Safety; Jacey Raimondo, executive director of the Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County, Judi Stewart, an ambassador with the CIANJ Human Resources Council, and Tom Toronto, president of Bergen County’s United Way.

Along with the champions, the CIANJ also honored PSEG for its “Extraordinary Good Works.” Ellen Lambert, the president of the PSEG Foundation and director of corporate responsibility and culture, accepted the award on behalf of the utility company. PSEG was selected for the top award in recognition of the many initiatives it developed, including school programs to build enthusiasm for STEM learning; its commitment to holding jobs open for Reserve and National Guard members when they are deployed, as well as the way volunteerism is encouraged throughout the company.


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Photo Caption: Left: Martin Kafafian. Right: Lawrence Inserra, Jr.