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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, May 10, 2016. National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen Garcia will kick-off the event with a lecture at the Rutgers Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy in New Brunswick at 4 PM. The lecture is free and open to the public, but you must reserve a seat by emailing

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.

Two awards are presented at the spring event: the Morheuser Humanitarian Award and the Education Justice Award.

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's recipient is Assemblyman Patrick J. Diegnan Jr., in honor of his unwaivering commitment to New Jersey's public school students.

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 President of the National Education Association, Lily Eskelsen Garcia, in honor of her long-standing commitment to education equity and reform.  Previous winners have included Marian Wright Edelman, President and Founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, Dr. Pedro Noguera, Professor and Director of the Metropolitan Center at NYU, Wade Henderson, President of the Leadership Conference for Human and Civil Rights, Diane Ravitch, noted educator and New York University Professor and Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and Chief Executive Officer of the NAACP.

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