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Against the Odds: Inaugural Fundraiser sells out in record time and exceeds expectations

Updated: Oct 6, 2022

Nominations are being accepted for the 2023 C.P.A.C. Civic Leadership Awards – Cast Your Votes Now

Community Planning and Advocacy Council hit the ground running with its Inaugural Civic Leadership Awards Reception earlier this week with its sold-out crowd of business leaders, elected officials, and community leaders who came out in droves to support C.P.A.C. and its 2022 Civic leadership award Recipients who are touted as some of South Jersey’s most influential business leaders.

Battling the challenge of a perceived lighter post-pandemic size crowd, the fear of a looming recession, and a tight deadline, C.P.A.C.’s team comprised of its staff, board members, and a few seasoned fundraising professionals dug in their heels and rolled up their sleeves aimed to prove that teamwork paired with some fundraising elbow grease glued together with an unstoppable attitude can really pay off. And that’s just what they did, with a little help of some of South Jersey’s most influential business leaders; Dr. Ali Houshmand, Rowan University; Robert Curley, TD Bank; Linda Rohrer, William G. Rohrer Charitable Foundation; Jason Wolf, Wolf Commercial Real Estate; The Michaels Organization; David Mayer, Mayor of Gloucester Township; Nikitas Moustakas, Esq., Moustakas Nelson LLC , Nyeema Watson, Ph.D., Rutgers University - Camden; Dr. Anthony DiFabio, Acenda Integrated Health; Kathy Devine, DrNP, NEA-VC, Cooper University Health Care; Carmen Rodriguez, Camden County, Former Commissioner; Dana Redd, Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors; Gwen DeVera, Camden County Human Relations Commission; Christina " Critt" DeCristofor, Operation Kindness. And who better than media personality and former commissioner to lead the awards parade to raise the energy and help attract some of South Jersey’s dignitaries including General Assembly Majority Leader, Lou Greenwald; Camden County Commissioners Ginny Betteridge, Jonathan Young just to name a few. Former Eagle and media personality Hollis Thomas was also on hand to offer some Eagles talk and photo ops.

“Giving back our time, knowledge, and money; to make our world a better place has never been more important than it is now, as while we care for others. We need to keep the ideals that make our country great, intact and bring back civility across our many diverse communities.”

– Rob Curley, Regional President / Metro Pennsylvania and New Jersey

“We took a chance taking into consideration an uncertain social and financial climate, we started small and kept our expectations low, our noses to the grindstone, and our hopes high. As a result, I can proudly say that we have been blown away by the amount of support that the community has been giving us." - David Spector, Chairman of the Board - C.P.A.C. “We could not have done it without the generous contributions from our sponsors: The Thrive Network (presenting sponsor); Vineland Construction Co., LLC; Rutgers University; TD Bank; Rowan University; Cooper University Hospital; WCRE; Republic Bank; Iron Workers 399; Moustakas Nelson, LLC; Center for Family Services and Inspira Health.”

“The amazing line up of honorees all represent real allegiance to, getting the right resources to the right people at the right time. "

- Diana Cooper-Vanderlip - President/CEO C.P.A.C.

The Civic Leadership Awards is one part of the organization’s newly launched initiative designed to increase its visibility and funding to help further C.P.A.C.’s mission in greater Camden County and the surrounding areas in South Jersey where it “creates community solutions” by lifting the community voice in planning, advocacy, and by promoting coordination and collaboration in service delivery systems. Through the framework of the Covenant for Children, Youth and Families, C.P.A.C. focuses on strength-based approaches to ensure equitable access and eliminate implicit bias.

2023 Civic Leadership Award nominations are now being accepted:

Community Planning and Advocacy Council - Civic Leadership Awards are presented annually to, appointed/elected officials, business, non-profit and community leaders and organizations, who have continuously demonstrated and exemplified excellence in leadership by:

utilizing their time, talent, and/or treasure to serve the greater good; proving to be an advocate by advancing, supporting, promoting, and uplifting the community, and by doing so, continues to make South Jersey the best place to live, work, and raise a family, and also by demonstrating ingenuity, creativity, and passion in promoting the region.


For more information or to set up an interview with C.P.A.C.’s leadership, request quotes from awardees, or nomination form, contact us at:

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