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Annual Awards Reception


Each spring, ELC hosts an awards ceremony and reception to honor individuals and organizations for their commitment to public education. The reception is also an important fundraising event; contributions and proceeds from ticket sales help maintain ELC as a champion of educational equity.

This year ELC’s annual fundraiser is scheduled for Tuesday, April 28, 2015.President and Founder, Children’s Defense Fund Marian Wright Edelman will kick-off the event with a lecture at the Rutgers Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy in New Brunswick at 4 PM. Rutgers Law School Professor and ELC Founder Paul Tractenberg, Esq will be the Respondent. 

Following the talk, ELC will host a reception and awards ceremony across the street at the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick. The reception, which runs from 6 to 8 PM, will feature a variety of food and wine. Tickets for the event are available for purchase here.

The Morheuser Humanitarian Award honors dedication to the advancement of the educational rights of students in New Jersey’s public schools and is presented in memory of the late Marilyn Morheuser, ELC’s long-time Executive Director and advocate for education justice. This year, ELC will honor Joseph F. Whall, Senior Vice President of
PNC Bank. We chose to honor PNC Bank because of the bank's continued commitment to "enhancing the ability of under-served children to succeed in school and life through high quality early childhood education".   Two awards are presented at the spring event: the Morheuser Humanitarian Award and the Education Justice Award.

The Education Justice Award honors outstanding service and commitment to advancing equal educational opportunity for public school children across the U.S. This year the award will be given to noted educator and New York University Professor Diane Ravitch, to honor her outstanding service and commitment to advancing equal educational opportunity for public school children across the country.  Previous winners have included Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and Chief Executive Officer of the NAACP, Kurt Landgraf, President and CEO of Educational Testing Service; Reginald Weaver, Vice President of Education International, a 394-member organization representing nearly 30 million teachers and education workers in 171 countries; and Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond from Stanford University for her exemplary leadership in advancing quality teaching and educational improvement for the nation’s at-risk students and schools.

For more information about the event, please contact Cynthia Triminio-Batista, Fundraising & Event Coordinator, at 973.624.1815 Ext. 12 or