Community Health Law Project Hosts 32nd Awards Reception

October 2420196:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Wilshire Grand Hotel, 350 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ, 07052 + Google Map

South Orange, NJ – Please join the Community Health Law Project (CHLP) for the 32nd Annual Ann Klein Advocate Awards & 2019 Michael D. Lione Accessibility Award Reception at 6:00 pm on Thursday, October 24th at The Wilshire Grand Hotel in West Orange, NJ.

The Ann Klein Advocate Awards was created in 1988 to honor Ann Klein, former Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Human Services, who was instrumental in establishing a community-based system of care for people with mental and physical disabilities. The award recognizes honorees for the outstanding contributions they have made in improving the lives of people living with disabilities. The 2019 honorees are Phillip Lubitz, MSW, (Stockton, NJ) Associate Director, NAMI New Jersey, The National Alliance on Mental Illness; The Miracle Project, Mayo Performing Arts Center (Morristown, NJ); Gina M. Plotino (New Milford, NJ), Vice President, Programs & Operations, Bergen County’s United Way, President, GMP Consulting, Inc.; Rabbi Dr. Francine Reibman (South Orange, NJ), Co-founder & Co-chair Children’s Emergency Medical Fund of New Jersey; Peter Scerbo (Bradley Beach, NJ), Executive Director, (Retired) CBHCare, Inc.

The Michael D. Lione Accessibility Award was established in 2013 in memory of long time Community Health Law Project Board Member and former chair Michael D. Lione. This award is presented to an individual or entity that has performed exemplary work as an advocate for accessibility on behalf of persons living with disabilities. The 2019 recipient is Michael R. Dribbon, PhD (Warren, NJ), Vice President of Business Development & Chief Innovation & Research Officer, Children’s Specialized Hospital & Center for Discovery, Innovation & Development.

In addition, this year the Community Health Law Project will be giving Special Recognition Awards to David Lazarus, retired director of litigation and David Popiel, retired senior managing attorney for their more than three decades of policy, litigation, legislation successes on behalf of persons living with disabilities.

Event Sponsors include Awards Sponsor, the Kessler Foundation; Journal Underwriter, Gold, Albanese, Barletti & Locascio, LLC; Invitation Underwriter, the Children’s Specialized Hospital; Gold Sponsor, Drinker Biddle; Silver Sponsors, Columbia Bank, Wakefern Food Corp.; Bronze Sponsors, Employers Association of New Jersey, Gibbons P.C., Meyerson, Fox, Mancinelli & Conte, P.A. and Mutual of America.

The Community Health Law Project’s advocacy initiatives and student intern program are supported through this annual awards event.

Tickets are $150/person. For Tickets, Donations, Sponsorships or Advertising information, please visit or call 973-275-1175.

The Community Health Law Project is a non-profit, legal aid society founded in 1976. With a dedication to serving the legal needs of persons with disabilities throughout New Jersey, CHLP provides legal and advocacy services, training, education, and related activities to persons with disabilities and, in certain issues, to organizations representing their interests, with an emphasis on those most vulnerable and needy.

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