Carteret, NJ – Mayor Daniel J. Reiman was joined by local, county, and state officials, and over 300 supporters of the Children’s Charity on Friday June 21st for the annual Charity Ball. The event is hosted annually to raise additional funds for children’s scholarships, services, and programs, and to provide a venue in which volunteers and supporters are honored.
On Friday the Mayor announced continuing scholarships made possible through the charity, and provided recognition and awards in 4 categories to community and business leaders. Formal presentations were also made by Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios and Assemblyman Craig Coughlin (19th District).
The 2013 Children’s Charity Trust Fund Award recipients are:
Volunteer Appreciation Award
Eleanor Sabol was born in Carteret, and has remained a life-long resident.
She has served with a number of civic and charitable organizations including the Father Carey Columbiettes, wit whom she has been President, Past President, and Secretary. She has also served with the Elks of Carteret, and the Servants of Mary Woman’s Group of St. Joseph’s Church, as Co-President and Secretary.
Eleanor volunteered her time with the Carteret Recreation Committee for over 10 years, as Easter Bunny, a coordinator for the annual Halloween Parade, and for the Borough’s concert series.
She has donated her time and energy to the Mayor’s Charity Trust Fund and its affiliates, helping to make such events possible as the Annual Charity Carnival and Holiday Festival, at which she performs the role of Mrs. Claus. She has served on the Ethnic Day Committee, assisting with the coordination of set-up, booths, and ticket sales.
She has also been an active coordinator and participant in Carteret’s Memorial Day Parade and the Breast Cancer Walk -A -Thon.
Eleanor is the proud parent of Cecelia Mullane, Kathy Engel, Darlene Paciorek, and Magdelen Czajkowski, and the grandparent of four boys and four girls.
Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #90
Organizational Leadership Award
The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #90 (Blazing Star Lodge) was formed in 1990 by ten officers. These officers included patrolmen and “Superior Officers.” They formed the lodge as a fraternal organization, and wanted to be a part of the largest police organization in the United States.
Since the lodge’s inception, many members have served on national and state committees, held offices at the state level, and have focused on legislative issues pertaining to the police.
By 2013, the membership on the lodge had grown to 26 active members. The Lodge supports the Carteret Police Department’s Superior Officers (Sgt. Lt., and Cpt.)
Lodge 90 has assisted many other organizations within in the Borough, both financially and through volunteering, including the Mayor’s Charity Trust Fund, and many of its large-scale events.
The lodge is committed to the continuation of its effort to assist other causes within the Borough of Carteret, and to making it a better place to live.
The Honorable Skippy Sitarz
Civic Leadership Award
Joseph “Skippy” Sitarz has been a life-long resident of Carteret. He attended local schools, beginning with Holy Family, and graduated Carteret High School in 1955.
Following graduation, he found employment with G.A.T.X. which was eventually bought out by Kinder Morgan.
In 1959, Skippy was drafted into the U.S. Army, and served for 28 months in the military district of Washington D.C.. Following his honorable discharge, he became a Carteret fireman, serving with Company No. 1 until he became Fire Chief.
Skippy married Katherine Kolibas in 1959. He has one son, Joe, a journalist in South Carolina, and two grandsons who are both attending college for engineering.
He was elected councilman in 1979, serving the Borough for over 20 years. He was reappointed to fill the vacancy left when Daniel J. Reiman was elected Mayor in 2002. Has has had direct involvement with almost every Borough public service during his career with local administrations.
Skippy has been an active coordinator and volunteer for every Charity Trust Fund fundraiser since its inception in 2003, including the Charity Carnival, Golf Outings, and Holiday Festival.
Dr. Pepper / Snapple
Corporate Philanthropy Award
It all started in the Greenwich Village area of New York in 1972. Childhood friends Leonard Marsh, Hyman Golden and Arnold Greenburg saw more potential in fruit than just something to throw in the lunchroom. They began selling fruit drinks to health food stores, commencing the birth of Snapple beverages under the Unadulterated Food Corporation.
Fast forward to the land of putting baby in the corner, hair bands and acid-washed jeans. We’re talking 1987, my friends. That’s when Snapple teas were born. Snapple Lemon Tea was the first. The godfather of Snapple teas. But now Snapple produces about 70 flavors of juice, juice drinks and teas, all “Made from the best stuff on Earth(R).” You can pick up a bottle of Snapple in every state in the U.S.
Snapple was sold to Triarc Companies in 1997. Snapple Beverage Group was purchased by London-based Cadbury Schweppes, from Triarc Companies, Inc. in October 2000.
In 2008, the Best Stuff on Earth got even better with a new formula, reduced calories and a new package. Today, Snapple is part of Plano, Texas-based Dr Pepper Snapple Group, an integrated refreshment beverage business marketing more than 50 beverage brands throughout North America.
The Mayor’s Children’s Charity Trust Fund is a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization, established in 2003 to provide Carteret’s children with a monetary resource for education, athletics, and health. The Trust Fund was created in recognition that many youngsters are high achievers with great potential, who with needed financial support can better establish their own paths to success.
The charitable organization has raised funding for scholarships, arts and culture, athletic programs, other charities, and a variety of programs and services that benefit local children. Such events have included the Children’s Charity Carnival, Christmas Festival, Charity Ball and Silent Auction, along with many other varying charity events.
“Our charity has done a lot over the past 10 years to raise funds for children’s programs and scholarships,” Mayor Reiman added. “None of our achievements would be possible without the selfless commitment of community and business leaders, who go the extra mile to help ensure that our children recognize and reach their full potential”.