Somerset County to honor 20 outstanding women, March 27, 2015
The Messenger-Gazette By The Messenger-Gazette on March 24, 2015 at 11:59 PM, updated March 25, 2015 at 12:00 AM
Freeholder Deputy Director Patricia Walsh, liaison to the county Commission on the Status of Women, joins the commission in announcing the 2015 Outstanding Women in Somerset County award winners.
"We have many women in Somerset County doing amazing things every day," said Freeholder Walsh. "It is most appropriate that during Women's History Month, we take the time to publicly recognize them and say thank you."
The Outstanding Women in Somerset County awards dinner will be held March 27 at The Imperia in Franklin.
"This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women," she added, noting it was founded in January 1985 with the support of then-Freeholder and later Governor Christine Todd Whitman.
Honorees are women who live in Somerset County. This year's award recipients by category are:
Volunteerism - Laurie Richmond of Bridgewater. She is president and co-founder of the Elle Foundation Inc., a nonprofit organization that grants final wishes to children battling a recurrence of cancer. The Elle Foundation was started by her daughter, Lauren "Elle," just before her passing from a brain-stem tumor in December 2008. Lauren's final wish was to give a purpose to her journey. The Elle Foundation is the only wish-granting organization whose mission is to grant final second wishes for children with a recurrence. Richmond also works with child-life specialists at pediatric oncology units to create "Moments of Joy" for children battling cancer. Laurie has been a CCD teacher at Blessed Sacrament Church in Martinsville for the past 12 years and is a member of the Somerset Hills Newcomers and Neighbors.
ELLE Foundation Inc. receives Grant from Wells Fargo
East Hanover, October 29, 2015 – ELLE FOUNDATION INC was awarded a $1,000 grant on October 29 by Wells Fargo to support the organization’s mission of creating memories of joy for children with cancer by granting final wishes for children battling a recurrence.
The ELLE Foundation, founded on December 18, 2008 by Lauren “ELLE” Richmond and her family, just two days before Lauren’s passing, is the only wish granting organization whose primary and sole mission is to grant final wishes for children with a recurrence of cancer. With time being of the essence granting final wishes requires an extraordinary financial commitment but Lauren's passion inspires us every day and our dedication to these deserving children is unwavering.
“We are truly grateful for Wells Fargo’s support. With this Community Connections grant award, we hope to continue our commitment of providing children battling a recurrence of cancer and their families a moment to forget, to laugh, to rejuvenate their spirits and create memories their hearts will treasure forever,” said Laurie Richmond, President of ELLE Foundation Inc..
The grant was awarded as part of Wells Fargo’s Community Connections program, which provides local branch managers the opportunity to make a $1,000 charitable contribution on behalf of Wells Fargo to a nonprofit of their choice.
Wells Fargo’s Northern New Jersey region branches distributed a total of $139,000 in grants to support nonprofit groups - $1,000 for a nonprofit identified by each store manager.
“This breakfast offers us with the unique opportunity to show our sincere appreciation and celebrate the heroes in our communities,” said Fred Bertoldo, Wells Fargo’s Northern New Jersey region president. “The Elle Foundation Inc. was entirely chosen by our local branch team members, who witness and experience first-hand the positive and lasting impact the organization has made in their neighborhood where many of them and our customers live and work.”
The Community Connections program offers Wells Fargo store managers the opportunity to provide additional grants to local nonprofits of their choice in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. A total of $139,000 in Community Connections grants were awarded to non-profit groups at the October 29 breakfast event in Northern New Jersey.
“Many of our Wells Fargo team members also volunteer or are impacted by these nonprofits in some way, “ said Asma Azmi, Bridgewater store manager, “We’re proud to help the nonprofits serve our communities wherever we can.”