MORRISTOWN, N.J. – United Way of Northern New Jersey is approaching a sellout crowd with more than 500 registrants for its 19th annual United Way Commercial Real Estate Network Legacy Luncheon on May 18 at the Hanover Marriott.The event will feature five project finalists for United Way’s Impact Award and will see Chris Johnson, head coach of Hollister Construction Services, receive the inaugural United Way Spirit Award. Networking, an event draw, has been extended to 90 minutes.
The winner of this year’s Impact Award will be announced during the luncheon. The coveted award recognizes a commercial real estate project that had the most positive impact in the region in the past year. Finalists are chosen by the United Way Commercial Real Estate Network, a group of industry executives who partner with United Way for its largest annual fundraiser.
Three of the nominated projects transformed historic or outdated sites into state-of-art structures. The remaining two projects brought visionaries together to impact cancer care and the arts, respectively. Together, the projects are revitalizing downtowns, attracting global corporations, delivering critical services and keeping New Jersey at the forefront of innovation.
This year’s finalists are:
Barclays Acquisition of The Crossings at Jefferson Park, 115 South Jefferson Road, Whippany
Hahne & Co. Redevelopment Project, 609 Broad Street, Newark
Ironside Redevelopment Project, 110 Edison Place, Newark
Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark
Summit Medical Group MD Anderson Cancer Center, 150 Park Avenue, Florham Park
New to the event lineup is the United Way Spirit Award. The award honors an individual from the commercial real estate industry whose actions reflect the values of United Way. Johnson, this year’s recipient, has embedded philanthropy and civic engagement into Hollister’s corporate culture.
United Way’s annual networking and fundraising event attracts leading industry professionals. Since 1999, the commercial real estate industry has helped raise more than $2.7 million for United Way. This year’s Gold Sponsors are JLL and Turner Construction Company.
Attendees will hear from keynote speaker Trish O’Keefe, Ph.D., president of Morristown Medical Center. O’Keefe began her career as a bedside nurse at then-Morristown Memorial Hospital before rising to the top post. Under her leadership, the center was recognized four times for nursing excellence — a distinction held by only 24 hospitals worldwide.
In addition, top industry executive Dan Loughlin will moderate the luncheon. JLL’s Executive Managing Director, New Jersey Markets, Loughlin is widely recognized as a top deal-maker. He has more than 25 years of industry experience with some $2 billion in transactions involving more than 8 million square feet.
Along with recognizing the industry’s outstanding achievements, the event also raises critical funds for United Way’s work across the region to improve life for ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) individuals and families who are working but struggling to afford the basics. United Way works to remove the barriers that keep ALICE and those in poverty from reaching their potential. By tackling the underlying causes of financial instability — the lack of a quality education, insufficient income and poor health, United Way seeks to create long-lasting, positive change.
For more information, or to register for the event, visit www.UnitedWayNNJ.org/CRE2018.
About United Way of Northern New Jersey
United Way of Northern New Jersey is a nonprofit organization working to improve people’s lives and strengthen communities by focusing on Education, Income, and Health. These are the building blocks for a good life – a quality education that leads to a stable job; the tools needed to achieve financial stability; and good health. We lead caring communities to create long-lasting changes that transform people’s lives. Together, united, we can inspire hope and create opportunities for a better tomorrow. United Way of Northern New Jersey serves Morris, Somerset, Sussex, and Warren counties as well as portions of suburban Essex County, including the Caldwells, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells, Fairfield, Glen Ridge, Livingston, Millburn-Short Hills, Montclair, Roseland, and Verona. Give. Advocate. Volunteer. LIVE UNITED. To learn more, call 973.993.1160 or visit www.UnitedWayNNJ.org.