On July 2nd, First Lady Mary Pat Christie named Abby Daly as the 4th New Jersey Hero of 2014. Ms. Daly is the founder and executive director of Bridges of Books, a non-profit organization that collects and distributes books to underprivileged and at-risk children in the New Jersey area.
On June 18th, First Lady Mary Pat Christie visited Union Beach for a Rebuilding Union Beach event. This event marked the completion of the project’s first two modular homes. Mrs. Christie, Union Beach residents, and volunteers welcomed the Shane and Hoffman families, who had lost their homes during Hurricane Sandy, to their new homes.
First Lady Mary Pat Christie awarded the 2nd Annual Spirit of a Hero Scholarship to twenty two high school seniors. The Spirit of a Hero Scholarship recognizes students who have shown exemplary commitment to community service. Recipients brought their families and one mentor to the reception at Drumthwacket on May 22nd to celebrate their achievements with the First Lady.
On April 22nd, the First Lady named Cathy Carisi of Camp Acorn as her third New Jersey Hero of 2014.