Carteret, NJ – On Saturday October 6th, Carteret Mayor Dan Reiman and N.J. Developer Greg Matzel will be welcomed by Governor Corzine and approximately 500 guests to Drumthwacket. Both will be honorees at the New Jersey D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education, a nationally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization) awards dinner, held annually at the historic mansion in Trenton. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m..
The N.J. D.A.R.E. program has been established to provide kids the life skills they need to avoid involvement with drugs, gangs, and violence. It is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teach children from K-12 grade.
Since 1994, the D.A.R.E. Board of Directors have offered the “Future of New Jersey Award” to participants who have shown outstanding leadership in promoting drug-free lifestyles to New Jersey adolescents. Past recipients have included former Governor James E. McGreevey, former Jersey City Mayor Brett Schundler, and former First Gentleman John Whitman:
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1994 J. Fletcher Creamer, J. Fletcher Creamer & Son
1995 Finn M. W. Casperson, Beneficial Management Corp.
1996 Len Lauer, Bell Atlantic New Jersey
1997 Joseph Plumeri, Primerica Financial Services/The Travelers Group
1998 Lloyd D. Levenson, Esq., Cooper Levenson, Attorneys At Law
1999 Gordon Bethune, Continental Airlines
2000 William M. Turner, PNC Bank
2000 John Whitman, Former First Gentleman of New Jersey
2001 Former Mayor Brett Schundler, Jersey City, NJ
2001 Mayor James E. McGreevey, Esq., Woodbridge, NJ
2002 Dennis Bone, Verizon, New Jersey
2002 Mark A. Brown, Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts
2003 William S. Boyd, Boyd Gaming Corp./Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
2003 Alfred C. Koeppe, PSE&G
2004 Zudi Karagjozi, President & Founder/Kara Homes
2004 William M. Laufer, Esq.
2005 D.A.R.E. New Jersey Board of Directors (15th Anniversary)
Since his first election to office, Mayor Reiman has served on the state’s Board of Trustees, and worked closely at both the local and state levels to establish programs and services that promote drug-free lifestyles to children. These have included several interactive programs at Carteret Schools, and the acquisition of Carteret’s first “D.A.R.E. Mobile,” the design for which was submitted by a local student. In his official capacity, Mayor Reiman takes time each year to tour local schools and visit classrooms, speaking with students about the dangers of substance abuse, and the benefits of healthy lifestyles.
“It is more than an honor to be nominated by the D.A.R.E. Board of Directors,” Mayor Reiman has stated, “and to be welcomed to the Governor’s Mansion for this ceremony. This program has proven invaluable to our youngsters, and has been able to continue and expand because of the commitment of those who serve as leaders to our children. Most worthy of recognition are the youngsters themselves, who have actively participated in D.A.R.E., choosing healthy lifestyles over substance abuse, ensuring better futures for themselves and the residents of New Jersey.”
Greg Matzel has demonstrated his concern for New Jersey youth by sitting on the Board for D.A.R.E. New Jersey. His dedication and commitment to the organization have been demonstrated both financially and by providing extensive administrative support. Greg and his employees demonstrate their allegiance to charitable organizations by contributing regularly to the United Way of Monmouth County. As a United Way Board Member, Greg has been a major supporter of this widely known charity, most notably by the company’s sponsorship of the United Way at two consecutive (2004, 2005) Monmouth County Fair events. In addition Greg contributes annually to a number of other charitable associations such as The American Cancer Foundation, the Kylie Foundation, Manna House and The Institute for Children.
“While, I am honored to be recognized by D.A.R.E. for the time and effort I have expended to help this worthy organization and the children of the Garden State,” Greg Matzel has said, “ there are many others that also deserve recognition. The success of D.A.R.E. is truly attributable to the dedication of our Police Officers, educators and administrators who teach and coordinate the D.A.R.E. programs, to the D.A.R.E. staff and Board of Directors, to individual contributors and corporate sponsors, all of whom help to make a difference in our communities.”
Tickets for the “Future of New Jersey” awards dinner are still available. For more information, contact Nicholas DeMauro, D.A.R.E. Chairman and C.E.O., at (609) 860-6779.