2018 Award Recipients Honored at VIP Reception

October 3rd, 2018

Prior to the 5th Annual Uncorked & Uncapped: Wine, Beer, and Food Fest, a special VIP Reception was held to honor those who have been integral to the agency’s success. The Arc of Essex County’s CEO, Linda Lucas, and Board President, Marnie McNany, presented the awards to the night’s honorees.

The Corporate Partner Award was presented to PricewaterhouseCoopers in honor of  their tremendous impact on The Arc of Essex County through their generous financial support and wealth of industry expertise and insight. PwC has been a longstanding sponsor of both Uncorked & Uncapped and the Building Tomorrows Run/Walk, and its employees have always supported The Arc’s mission.

In addition to their presence at The Arc’s signature events, PwC employees have fundraised through crowdfunding campaigns to help furnish The Arc’s newest group home in Roseland, New Jersey and fund the transformation of Camp Hope.  In total, PwC and its employees have contributed more than $110,000 to The Arc of Essex County and the individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities we serve. Beyond the financial support, PwC employees serve in various capacities as officers and trustees on The Arc of Essex County’s Board of Directors, providing invaluable financial expertise, insight, and leadership helping to guide the agency forward for the next 70 years.

The Community Partner Award was presented to Orange Orphan Society, who The Arc has had a longstanding history of partnership. For the past decade, the Orange Orphan Society has generously granted over $165,000 in funding to benefit Camp Hope.  Funding has been applied to vital camp fee assistance for families and their children with intellectual and developmental disabilities residing throughout the Oranges and in the town of Maplewood.  In addition, the Society has granted requests for the camp’s pool and pavilion roof rehabilitation projects, and, most recently, the installation of a new playground and splash pad add-on equipment, enhancing the camp experience for both returning and new Camp Hope participants.

A special Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Robert Laurino, Esq., who has dedicated both his personal and professional life to making our community a better place.  As the Acting Essex County Prosecutor, Bob Laurino advocated for special victims for over 25 years, including and especially those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

In addition to his professional dedication to protecting victims of sexual violence and domestic abuse, including individuals with I/DD, Bob has also served on The Arc of Essex County’s Board of Directors for 20 years.  He led the organization as Board President from 2006 to 2010 and currently serves as Second Vice President.  Personally, Bob is an advocate and guardian for his brother Henry who currently resides with him.

The State of NJ and The Arc of Essex County are better because of his unwavering passion for the I/DD community.

The contributions of these honorees are instrumental in our success and The Arc greatly appreciates their efforts on behalf of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

Pictured above: (Left) Robert Laurino, Esq., the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and (right) Linda Lucas, CEO of The Arc of Essex County