Stockton Receives Three Awards for Record Donation to N.J. Employees Charitable Campaign

For Immediate Release


Contact:         Maryjane Briant
                        News and Media Relations Director
                        Galloway, N.J. 08205
                        (609) 652-4593

Galloway, N.J. - Stockton raised $57,518 - the second highest amount among nearly 60 different state divisions and departments that participated in the 2016 New Jersey Employees Charitable Campaign. The statewide campaign raised over $700,700, it was announced March 31 at the annual recognition ceremony.

The campaign, which runs from September through December each year, provides state and local municipal employees with the opportunity to contribute to more than 1,100 charities via payroll deduction.

“Each year, Stockton University is one of the leading organizations of the Employees Charitable Campaign,” said President Harvey Kesselman.  “Our faculty and staff demonstrate exceptional generosity, considering not only how much we raise but also the support provided by individuals for countless organizations, including the Stockton Foundation. The Stockton community’s commitment to this very important campaign is extraordinary.”

Kesselman served as statewide co-chair along with Richard Hammer, commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation, and received an award for his role. The university received the Chairperson’s Award for the second year in a row in ceremonies held at Mercer County Community College. Stockton campaign co-chairs Peter Baratta, chief planning officer; Brian Jackson, chief operating officer of the Atlantic City campus; and Cindy Gove, project coordinator, also were honored for their roles.

In all, 2,425 state employees donated to this year’s campaign. Of this number, 214 were Stockton employees - nearly 9 percent of the total - and a record number for university employee participation. They also helped raise a recent record amount for the university. Only Rutgers University raised more, with $59,815 from 106 employees.   

This year’s statewide total exceeded the 2015 campaign, which raised more than $650,000 for service agencies, charities and volunteer groups that work with children and the elderly, protect the environment, and support those in need.

Out of the hundreds of charity and service organizations receiving funding, the Stockton University Foundation received pledges of $17,444, the third highest amount in the campaign for a single recipient.

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