Humanitarian of the Year
The Humanitarian of the Year is given annually to a person who exemplifies the ideals of Catholic Social Teaching. This person displays kindness and a willingness to help those in need. This individual has contributed to the advancement of the Department for Persons with Disabilities, Catholic Charities, the Diocese of Paterson and/or her/his individual community.
2001 - Jack Kelly
2002 - Andrew A. Fraser Esq.
2003 - Stephen Muller
2004 - Dr. Joseph Giuliano
2005 - Frank J. Ench, Jr.
2006 - Rev. Msgr. Paul Knauer
2007 - Brooke D. Hardy
2008 - Richard W. “Rick” Yocum
2009 - Joseph A. Murray
2010 - Russell Dunn
2011 - The Calabrese Family
2012 - Richard and Carmela Douris
2013 - Eastern Propane and the Nicholson Family
2014 - Captain William J. Carroll IV
2015 - Karl Mundi, Principal of Jefferson Township High School
2016 - Chief William Craig and Deputy Chief Eric Wilsusen
2017 - Msgr. John Hart
Knight of Columbus of the Year
The Knights of Columbus are the world’s largest Catholic, fraternal service organization. Since our inception, the Knights have raised over $3,000,000 for DPD through their Disability Drives and other charitable endeavors. Our Knight of the Year Award is a tribute to the Order’s many good works. This award is presented to a “Catholic Gentleman” who embodies the Knight’s four core principles: Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism.
2011 - St. Therese Council #6320, Succasunna
2012 - Tom Straten & Mike Vaclavicek
2013 - Raymond Lillie
2014 - Charlie Miraglia
2015 - Al Taggart
2016 - Roy DeFranco
2017 - John Butler
Jack Kelly Community Leadership Award
The Jack Kelly Community Leadership Award is named in honor of Jack Kelly. Jack is the Committee Chairman and Founder of the Wiegand Farm Golf Classic. Jack is a veteran of the United States Navy, served as Chief and Fire Marshall of the Jefferson Township Fire Department and has dedicated his life to community service. This award is presented annually to a “public servant” (police, fire department, military, educator, etc) who has made a lasting impact on the community.
2016 - The Jefferson Township Police Department
2017 - The State Police in Sussex County