7th Annual Shining Lights Awards & Recognition Event
Celebrating 20 years of service to homebound seniors & people with disabilities
On Thursday, October 23, 2014, Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Mercer County (ICGMC) held its annual gala fundraiser — the 7th Annual Shining Lights Awards & Recognition Event — at the elegant Hyatt Regency in Princeton, New Jersey. This annual event allows member congregations, and corporate and individual friends, to recognize the honorees for their outstanding service to the Interfaith community and for their endless support of the mission. It also provides honorees with much-deserved recognition for their dedication, commitment and contributions to the community.
This year’s esteemed honorees were:
Dr. Teena Cahill, Director of Wisdom and Beyond, LLC, holds a doctorate in Psychology, a masters in Counseling, and a bachelors in Education. She is an internationally acclaimed humorist and speaker, a former adjunct professor for undergraduate and graduate studies in the Behavioral Sciences, and, for years, has advocated about issues in family living, mental health and wellness education.
Nancy W. Kieling, who has led the Princeton Area Community Foundation for its first 20 years, brought the Community Foundation from its infancy to its standing today as a leader and advocate for the nonprofit sector in Central New Jersey. She has been the driving force in enabling the Community Foundation to grant out more than $7 million per year to deserving nonprofits.
The Very Reverend René R. John has been ordained for twenty-five years, and has served many congregations in his homeland of Trinidad and Tobago and in New York, prior to becoming the Dean of Trinity Cathedral in Trenton, NJ in 2006. Dean John is committed to church and community working as a team; and he has served on several Boards and Ecclesiastical Bodies in Trinidad, New York and New Jersey. Dean John is the recipient of several honors by community and civic groups and has conducted several pilgrimages to Israel, Egypt, Ghana, Turkey, Greece, Rome, Ethiopia and South Africa.
Princeton Area Community Foundation, a nearly $100 million foundation, is a public charity serving central New Jersey. The Princeton Area Community Foundation enables individuals, families, businesses, and organizations to create permanent charitable funds that help their communities meet the challenges of changing times. The Foundation promotes philanthropy, helps generous people to give effectively, and supports local nonprofits with grants, advocacy, and professional guidance.
Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company of Johnson & Johnson, provides medicines for an array of health concerns in several therapeutic areas. The company’s ultimate goal is to help people live healthy lives. Headquartered in Titusville, New Jersey, the company encourages employee volunteerism and involvement in our local communities.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted solely to the public’s health. Headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey, for more than 40 years the RWJF has worked to improve the health and health care of all Americans. The RWJF aims to provide opportunities to live healthy, productive lives, and is committed to identifying and supporting evidence-based, measurable, and equitable initiatives that will transform our nation into one in which getting healthy and staying healthy are top priorities. See photos below from this year’s wonderful event!