The Fabian 8 Cinema in Center City Mall was recognized as a valuable partner by the Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey for assisting the non-profit advance its mission to serve Paterson girls.
During its Adult Recognition Program on May 6 at the Skylands in Randolph, the theater was recognized with Chair’s Award which is given out by the chair and board of directors of the Girl Scouts to individuals and groups that display leadership in carrying out the groups’ mission.
Fabian 8 received the award for providing space for the weekly Girl Scout troops meeting at no charge. The theater also provided facilities for staff and visitors to the Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey Paterson Resource Center.
The Chair Award also went to Blue Star Mothers, Chapter 1, State of New Jersey for providing “Cookies From Home” to military men and women. The Blue Star Mothers shipped 50,000 boxes of cookies to men and women in the army. Blue Star Mothers have children that serve in the military, guard or serve, or children who are veterans.
In 2014, the scouts Share program donated 3,500 cans of honey-roasted peanuts to active military that was shipped by the Blue Star Mothers.
The award event recognized 1,020 northern New Jersey volunteers with more than 1,200 award for donating their time for helping to deliver the Girl Scout program to more than 30,000 northern New Jersey girls.
“At Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, we have thousands of volunteers who help us deliver our mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place,” Josephine Hernandez, chair of the board of directors for Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, said. “Our volunteers help girls build valuable life skills, try new things, and take the lead in meaningful ways.”
Hawthorne resident Dana Hampson received the Honor Pin for her services in Hawthorne and North Haledon. The pin is awarded to an individual who provided outstanding service to two or more communities. Hampson has served as service unit manager multiple times while handling other position and has been the leader of several troops.
The Outstanding Service Team member award was given to Ringwood resident Kimberly Link.
The Volunteer of Excellence award recognized Judy Collins, of Clifton; Karina Polanco, of Haledon; Christina Cannone, Karen Finn, Tracy Gaehring, Stacy Giardino, and Heather Mecka, of Hawthorne; Elizabeth Pappas, of Little Falls; and Ann Louise Fanning, of North Haledon.
Volunteer of Excellence provide girls with the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
Rookie of the Year award was given to Michelle Bickford, Erin Fallin, and Jutta Marateo-Gonzalez, of Hawthorne for exemplifying scout values in their first or second year of volunteering.
Longtime Girl Scout members Barbara Fleming, of Pompton Lakes received the award for 20 years of scout membership. Kelly Davies and Jill Tiger, of Pompton Lakes, and Mary Henaghan, of West Milford were honored for 15 years of membership.
10 years of membership recognition went to Theresa Merino, Christine Riggio, and Christine Spencer, of Bloomingdale; Laura Bartkowski, Judy Collins, and Patricia O’Connell, of Clifton; Mary Giovanniello and Diana McGroarty, of Hawthorne; Amanda Ladensack and Cheryl Rozema, of North Haledon; Heather Fessak, Jennifer Keane, and Kim Sek, of Pompton Lakes; and Jennifer Beekman, Leslie Blake, Andrea Borrelli, Tracy Jelonnek, Eileen Marzalik, Kerri Niosi, of West Milford.
The Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey serves girls 5-18 in 160 towns in Bergen, Morris, Passaic, Sussex, and northern Warren counties. The Girl Scout has 16,293 adult members.
“It is an honor to recognize our volunteers for dedicating their time and talent to Girl Scouting,” Hernandez said.