Anne Evans Estabrook, Owner, Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Elberon Development Group in Cranford, NJ, discussed her future as a philanthropist.
Stating a well-known quote “to whom much is given, much is expected,” Estabrook talks about her role as a business leader and philanthropist in the Union County community as she accepted the United Way of Greater Union County’s (UWGUC) Humanitarian Award. The award is significant and has been presented just twice in its 45-year history to someone who has demonstrated outstanding service and philanthropy in the greater Union County, North & South Plainfield communities.
On May 8th, 2014, over 120 guests joined UWGUC, as a distinguished group of honorees accepted awards during the 2014 Celebration! at Kean University’s STEM Building, 1075 Morris Avenue, Union, New Jersey. Several awards were presented to those who have shown outstanding service and significantly contributed to the common good of our community.
“It’s that guy making $11.25 per hour who checks off that box and gives back to United Way,” states Jerry Alvare, Eastern Region Comm. Coordinator for FedEx, as he talks about his fellow employees and their employee payroll deduction campaign benefitting UWGUC. FedEx received the Live United Award as they proudly excelled in their United Way Employee Campaigns for over 10 years.
UWGUC presented awards in the following categories: Humanitarian Award, the Dell Raudelunas Spirit of Caring Award, Innovation Award, Ignite Award, Employee Campaign Leader for Small Business, and the Live United Award.
In addition to Anne Evans Estabrook, other individual awardees included Margaret McHugh Hagen, Executive Director & CEO of The Connection for Women and Children who received the Dell Raudelunas Spirit of Caring Award which is given to individuals who have demonstrated a consistent commitment to community service in the non-profit sector; and Patrick D. Roche, Vice President of Information Technology at C. R. Bard, Inc. who received the Innovation Award for his efforts in making their workplace campaign a huge success through his "Have to, Get to" speech. The Innovation Award is given to recognize a company or individual who have truly innovated and inspired others during a United Way employee campaign.
In addition to FedEx, Enterprise Holdings and Guardsmark, LLC received corporate awards. Enterprise received the Ignite Award for excelling in their contributions to UWGUC employee campaigns. This year even after Enterprise exceeded its goal from the previous campaign year, they held a Halloween costume party to raise even more funds and brought together employees from multiple locations to show their appreciation. Enterprise has reached the Chairman’s Circle level of support donating over $100,000. Guardsmark’s accepted the Employee Campaign Leader for Small Business Award for their competitive spirit as they held a friendly competition between the managers and their respective staff members to see who raised the most funds for UWGUC.