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CohnReznick LLP Selected as a “Champion of Good Works”


3/14/16

Commerce and Industry Association of NJ Salutes Corporate Philanthropy

Roseland, NJ – CohnReznick LLP, one of the leading accounting, tax, and advisory firms in the United States, was named a "Champion of Good Works'' by the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) at its recent Chairman's Reception saluting the generosity of the business community. Steven Schinella, CPA, the Co-Office Managing Partner of the Roseland, NJ office, accepted the award on behalf of the firm.

More than 250 business executives attended the gala reception at the Stony Hill Inn in Hackensack. Martin Kafafian, chairman of the CIANJ board of directors, presented trophies to 33 businesses. "For most of these companies, their donations, kindness, and community outreach are part of their corporate culture – their mission," said Kafafian, who is also a managing member of the Beattie Padovano law firm in Montvale. "The public at large is often unaware of the magnitude and scope of the good works. This reception is our way of shining a spotlight on ‘Companies that Care.’"

In June 2015, CohnReznick LLP, through the CohnReznick Foundation and the CohnReznick CARES Initiative, hosted its 24th Annual Charity Golf Invitational. This New Jersey-based event hosted more than 100 attendees and helped to raise $150,000 that would directly benefit the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation. The CohnReznick Foundation supports children in need of all ages, from young children to college students. The Special Operations Warriors Foundation provides college scholarship grants and financial aid to the children of Special Operations personnel killed in the line of duty, and the Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation devotes its work to ending the cycle of domestic violence through school-wide anti-violence programs and educational forums. In the past nine years, this annual outing has raised more than $1.45 million for both of these amazing organizations.

The CIANJ is a statewide business advocacy organization based in Paramus. It represents more than 900 member companies from every business sector. The association asked businesses to submit stories of their good works and more than 90 responses were received this year. These accounts and pictures are featured in a special "Companies that Care" section in the March issue of COMMERCE Magazine, the media arm of the association.

A panel of judges reviewed all the submissions and selected the champions. The judges included: Cathleen Davey, executive director of the Ramapo College Foundation; John Galandak, president of the CIANJ; Jackie Lue Raia, assistant director of the NJ Sharing Network; Cindy Myer, the owner of Ridgewood Moving Service, who also serves as president of the board of the Center for Hope and Safety; Jacey Raimondo, executive director of the Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County; Judi Stewart, an ambassador with the CIANJ Human Resources Council; and Tom Toronto, president of Bergen County’s United Way.

Along with the champions, the CIANJ also honored PSEG for its “Extraordinary Good Works.” Ellen Lambert, the president of the PSEG Foundation and director of corporate responsibility and culture, accepted the award on behalf of the utility company. PSEG was selected for the top award in recognition of the many initiatives it developed, including school programs to build enthusiasm for STEM learning, its commitment to holding jobs open for Reserve and National Guard members when they are deployed, as well as the way volunteerism is encouraged throughout the company.

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