United Way of Greater Union County (UWGUC) is proud to announce that Anne Evans Estabrook, Owner, Chairman & Chief Executive of Elberon Development Group in Cranford, NJ, will be receiving the Humanitarian Award at this year’s Annual Celebration Event on May 8, 2014 at Kean University’s STEM Building. This award is presented to individuals within Union County, including North and South Plainfield, who have shown outstanding service to their community and significantly contributed to the betterment of society.
This will be the second time in its 45-year history that United Way of Greater Union County honors a member of the community with the Humanitarian Award. United Way Greater Union County works to improve and assist with the education, health and income of Union County residents through special initiatives, training programs, and the help of our many community partners. The Humanitarian Award is presented to someone who has worked tirelessly towards the same goals and mission as we have within our organization, not only through philanthropy, but through personal volunteering and business practices with great social responsibility.
"It is important that New Jersey's leaders take the time to support and counsel our youth through education on financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship,” said Estabrook. Ms. Estabrook is not only a prominent businesswoman, but a proud mother as well, who has supported initiatives that strengthen children and families throughout Union County and the State of New Jersey for several years.
Anne Estabrook’s philanthropic journey is a direct reflection of her family’s history and their journey to build and grow their business, which was built on opportunity and family values. Their humble beginnings continue to impact Ms. Estabrook’s career and life’s work to this day. Her involvement in several leadership capacities with numerous organizations committed to economic development and educational issues has helped the community grow as a whole, making her an eminent force to be recognized through United Way of Greater Union County’s most coveted award.
“United Way of Greater Union County’s Board of Trustees, is excited to have a dynamic woman, Ms. Estabrook, receive the Humanitarian Award. Here at UWGUC we pride ourselves in selecting honorees who truly exemplify our mission to build stronger families and stronger communities,” states James W. Horne, Jr. President/CEO, UWGUC.
Some of Ms. Estabrook’s previous roles throughout the state of New Jersey include serving on Governor Chris Christie’s New Jersey Council on Higher Education as its Vice Chair. She served as a member of the Lay Board of Trustees for Delbarton School (Morristown, New Jersey) for fifteen years, and chaired the Board for five years, completing her service in June 2003. Having received her Bachelor of Science degree and M.B.A. from Cornell University, Ms. Estabrook served on her alma mater's Board of Trustees for 10 years, was a member of its Executive Committee, and chaired its Buildings and Properties Committee.
Enhancing the communities in New Jersey in which she has lived or worked, until December 2002 Ms. Estabrook served on the Archbishop's Finance Council in the Archdiocese of Newark for fourteen years, and in January 2012 was once again appointed for a five year term. Until December 2010 she was a member of the Metuchen Diocesan Finance Council and the former Secretary of the Board of Trustees of Catholic Charities, a member of its executive committee, and chaired its finance, buildings and facilities committees.
She was Vice Chairman of the Rutgers Business School Board of Advisors from 2003 through 2005, and at Kean University she is currently a member of the President's Council and Wenzhou-Kean University Board, Vice-Chair. Up until 2013, Anne was a Member of the Liberty Hall Museum Board of Directors. In October 2012, Anne became a member of the Institute of Women's Leadership at Rutgers, the State University and Advisory Board. In February 2014, she was inducted as a Director to the Board of Directors of Y Homes, Inc., a division of The Gateway Family YMCA.
These organizations represent only a small portion of Ms. Estabrook’s life commitment to servicing the community. United Way of Greater Union County is honored to have Anne Evans Estabrook at this year’s Annual Celebration and to recognize such an inspirational and trailblazing leader within our community.