At the Loft in West Orange in mid-March, Assemblywoman Britnee Timberlake hosted her annual cocktail and awards reception, ”Celebrating Trailblazers in the Community.”
Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill, NJ Citizen Action President Phyliss Salowe- Kaye, East Orange Council Candidate Nai ima Fauntleroy, Bloomf ield Township Councilwoman Wartyna Davis, and Newark Firefighter Latina Byrd—trailblazers all—received warm receptions and expressed gratefulness for their recognition of their service.
Two organizations received newly created awards. People’s Organization for Progress Chairman Lawrence “Larry” Hamm accepted the award named in honor of the late Essex County Freeholder Lebby C. Jones Award. St. Matthew AME Church of Orange, NJ was the Albert Pelham Award Recipient. The award honors the late Albert Pelham, beloved president of the Montclair NAACP, executive director of the Montclair Neighborhood Development Corp, and dedicated community servant.