The American Conference on Diversity Atlantic County Chapter is honored to announce the 2013 Diversity Legacy Award recipients. These outstanding honorees will be recognized on December 5 at the Atlantic City Country Club: radio personality and 2012 New Jersey Broadcasters Hall of Fame inductee Barbara Altman; Atlantic City Electric Public Affairs Manager Adalberto “Bert” Lopez; The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Holocaust & Genocide Studies (the Master of Arts in Holocaust& Genocide Studies, and the Interdisciplinary Minor in Holocaust & Genocide Studies) - The Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage & The Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center (a joint project of the Jewish Federation of Atlantic and Cape May Counties).
Where: Atlantic City Country Club, 900 Shore Rd., Northfield, NJ
When: 5:30 p.m. reception; 6:30 p.m. dinner and program
To register: Sponsorships, advertising opportunities, and reservations can be made at http://2013atlanticcountydinner.kintera.org. The deadline for securing sponsorships and ads is November 25; reservations must be made by December 2. For more information, call 732-745-9330.
“Our honorees have contributed, and continue to contribute, to the promotion of diversity and inclusion in Atlantic County and beyond. They are diversity ground-breakers, creating history as well as helping us understand the importance of remembering our history,” says American Conference on Diversity President and CEO Elizabeth Williams-Riley. “The Atlantic County area has a rich legacy of supporting the American Conference on Diversity and our work, whether it be participating in this annual awards dinner, attending the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast [January 9, 2014], or hosting one of our many community forums.”
This year’s awards are as follows:
►Community Diversity Advocate Award: Barbara Altman
Ms. Altman, radio personality and 2012 New Jersey Broadcasters Hall of Fame inductee, is recognized as a pioneer for her professional and community services. A lifelong Ventnor, NJ, resident, Ms. Altman began her broadcasting career nearly 50 years ago, becoming the first woman to broadcast on a new FM station in Atlantic County. Regarded as the “first lady of radio,” she currently is the host of one of the most listened to radio talk shows, Barbara Altman’s Front Porch. The show is broadcast on NEWS/TALK 1400 WOND and streamed on www.wond1400am.com. Barbara is also one of the Forum 40 hosts on television station NBC40 (Linwood, NJ). Ms. Altman turned the Atlantic City Marathon, a small, local race, into a festival drawing runners from across the country and throughout the world. The Marathon raises money for local charities including the Atlantic City Marathon Scholarship Fund, for Atlantic City high-school seniors going to college, and local high-school chapters of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD). In addition to being named to the NJ Broadcasters Hall of Fame, in 2007 she was inducted into the Atlantic County Women’s Hall of Fame and was the 1999 American Mother’s Association NJ Mother of the Year. She has received numerous awards, including the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Humanitarian Award, Christopher Columbus Humanitarian Award as well as Humanitarian Awards from the NJ Broadcasters, March of Dimes, and Blessed Sacrament Church.
►Diversity Change-Maker Award: Adalberto “Bert” Lopez
Mr. Lopez is currently a manager of government and public affairs for Atlantic City Electric, where he has 35 years of services in a variety of roles. He is the producer and host of a weekly TV interview show, Latino Motion with Bert Lopez, which airs on NBC40. The show highlights issues impacting the local South Jersey Latino community while advancing understanding of Latino cultural heritage and Latino contributions to our society. It covers issues such as education, healthcare, housing, employment and such social issues as immigration and advocacy. Mr. Lopez is the president and a founder of the Hispanic Alliance of Atlantic County. Under his leadership, Festival Latino Americano raised thousands of dollars for scholarships while promoting Latino cultural heritage. He is the first Latino elected to the Atlantic City Board of Education and the first Latino to serve as president of that board. He is a past chairman of the Atlantic/Cumberland Chapter of the American Red Cross and has been a leader in behavioral health, with more than 25 years of service on the AtlantiCare Behavioral Health board, including 10 years as its chairman. Mr. Lopez also serves on the board of AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center and is chairman of the Cumberland Economic Development Board and the Cumberland/Salem Work Investment Board. The recipient of numerous awards, Mr. Lopez was named a United Way Hometown Hero, received the 2012 Life Time Achievement Award from the Richard Stockton College Council of Black Faculty and Staff, and was honored by the Gloucester County Chapter of the NAACP.
►Diversity Legacy Award: The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Holocaust & Genocide Studies (the Master of Arts in Holocaust & Genocide Studies, and the Interdisciplinary Minor in Holocaust & Genocide Studies) - The Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage & The Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center (a joint project of the Jewish Federation of Atlantic and Cape May Counties)
Richard Stockton College’s Master of Art Program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, established in 1998, was the first of its kind in the U.S. and attracts students from across the country. The Minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies provides a broad interdisciplinary study of the Holocaust and other genocides of the 20th and 21st centuries. Studies about the Holocaust and other genocides address a central tenet of education: What does it mean to be a responsible citizen in a democratic society? A unique piece of world history is found at Stockton’s facility in Woodbine, NJ, a town purchased by German philanthropist Baron Maurice de Hirsch to assist Russian Jews fleeing persecution and coming to America in the 1890s. The Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a synagogue built by the settlers and consecrated in 1896. Restored to its original integrity by Michael Azeez, president of Unitel Wireless, the property was donated to Stockton in 2012. The museum is the official Teaching Center for the New Jersey Commission of Holocaust and Genocide Education in Cape May County. The site also includes the college’s first instructional site in Cape May County, the Anne Azeez Hall, named for donor Michael Azeez’s mother. The museum is named for his father, who grew up in Woodbine.
The Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center is named for Sara and Sam Schoffer, survivors of the Holocaust who settled in southern New Jersey. Its powerful entrance includes three 20-foot sections of railroad tracks, part of a system that led from the Jewish ghetto in the Bialystok area of Poland to concentration camps, including Auschwitz, Birkenau, Trebinka, Theresienstadt, and Majdanek. The Center’s mission includes educating the public as well as holding local and national programs for teachers of the Holocaust and other genocides, combating anti-Semitism, racism, hatred and oppression, and memorializing victims of the Holocaust, including publishing the memoirs of Holocaust survivors. The Center fosters academic research and serves as a repository for Holocaust materials.
About the American Conference on Diversity
The programs, services, and initiatives of the American Conference on Diversity are among the most important work focused on creating a more inclusive society. It is the unfinished business of living in a highly diverse nation: educating and empowering our next generation of leaders; enhancing our workplaces; and helping to create inclusive communities. The American Conference on Diversity, which has been serving schools, organizations, workplaces, and communities in New Jersey since 1948, builds on a historic mission and creates programs and activities relevant and vital to 21st Century life. It is a journey we can all take together. The American Conference on Diversity operates Regional Community Networks covering all of New Jersey. Visit www.AmericanConferenceonDiversity.org to learn more.
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