Posted by: sonewjersey | November 25, 2009

SONJ is thankful for our 2009 Annual Award Winners (and everyone else involved)!

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As the holiday season rolls around, we sit back and think about all of the things we are grateful (and thankful!) for, all of the things that have happened over the past year, and all of the amazing things that are going to happen in the year to come. 

Special Olympics New Jersey started off our holiday season last Friday with our Annual Awards Dinner, honoring all of the individuals and corporations who inspire greatness in all of us.

 We awarded a lifetime achievement award, two hall of fame inductees, a  family of the year, two outstanding coaches and volunteers of the year (on both the area and chapter levels). 

Four athletes were named “Outstanding Athlete”, in their seasonal sports.  Later on, three “Spirit Awards, an induction to the Law Enforcement Torch Run Hall of Fame, the Bessie Perlman Achievement Award, and the S. Michael Higgins Scholarship Award were all given out (names listed below.)

We are very grateful for each of these people and groups, because without them our organization would not be the same.   We would like to take this time to thank everyone who volunteers and coaches for, as well as donates to, Special Olympics New Jersey.  We would also like to thank all of the athletes for their participation in all of our events. 


Wishing everyone a happy, safe, and healthy holiday! Thank you for all you do!

SONJ 2009 Annual Award Winners


 Hall of Fame

Lindsay Fulop of Lavalette

Della Porter of Hamilton


Lifetime Achievement Award

Alex MacDonald of Harrison


Law Enforcement Torch Run Wall of Recognition Induction

William Zika of Hillsdale


Bessie Perlman Achievement 

Susan Borrelli of Flemington


S. Michael Higgins Special Olympics Scholarship

Christopher Gaimari of Hammonton


Outstanding Athlete in Fall Sports

Yoav Nessim of Milltown


 Outstanding Athlete in Winter Sports

Hughes of Hillsborough


Outstanding Athlete in Spring Sports

Frank Williams of Lincroft


Outstanding Athlete in Summer Sports

Brian Cannavina of Morris Plains


Outstanding Local Training Program

Carteret Specials of Carteret


Volunteer of the Year – Chapter Level

Ellen Bombolis of Sunset Beach, NC


Volunteer of the Year – Area Level

John Fletcher of Plainsboro


Outstanding Volunteer Group

NJ Natural Gas


Outstanding Coach – Chapter Level

Cherie Daddis of Bloomfield


Outstanding Coach – Area Level 

Lauren Kisiel of Ocean City


Family of the Year

The Licata Family of East Brunswick


Sprit Awards

Angela Rotella and Joe Panico of Flemington

Faith Cust of Flemington

Cranbury Country Club



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