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Candace McKee Ashmun will be honored with EarthShare New Jersey’s 2013 Environmental Stewardship Award at EarthShare Celebrates NJ (Credit: Dawn Benko)

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Laurita Winery to Host EarthShare Celebrates New Jersey on April 12th , 7-10 p.m. (Courtesy: Laurita Winery)

EARTHSHARE NEW JERSEY CELEBRATES AND SHOWCASES THE BEAUTY AND BOUNTY OF NJ AT FIFTH ANNUAL AWARDS RECEPTION AND WINE TASTING
Friday, April 12, 2013, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m., Laurita Winery, New Egypt, NJ

Trenton, NJ (April 1, 2013) – Enjoy local wine, live jazz music and help raise funds for New Jersey’s environment at the EarthShare Celebrates New Jersey Awards Reception and Wine Tasting on April 12, 2013 from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. at Laurita Winery at 35 Archerton Road, New Egypt, NJ. For the past five years, EarthShare New Jersey (ESNJ) has recognized the environmental accomplishments of individuals and companies making a difference in NJ’s environment at its annual event. In 2013 ESNJ honors Candace McKee Ashmun with its Environmental Stewardship Award and the Environmental Leadership Award will be presented to Phillips-Van Heusen.

EarthShare Celebrates NJ’s Annual Stewardship and Leadership Awards recognize individuals and corporations that demonstrate ongoing commitments to the protection of New Jersey’s environment through leadership, corporate action, philanthropic support and community awareness.  Previous winners have included William de Camp, founder and former Executive Director of Save Barnegat Bay, Tom Gilmore, former President of NJ Audubon, New Jersey Natural Gas, iCIMS, PSEG and Prudential.

The evening will also feature a photography exhibition showcasing the natural beauty of NJ, an ecofriendly auction, 50/50 raffle, light refreshments, dessert, a wine tasting and live jazz by Stringzville. There are over 60 fantastic items in the auctions. Highlights include: two VIP tickets to The Colbert Report, an autographed Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band album cover, autographed Bon Jovi drum cover, autographed New York Giants football, wine refrigerator, Panera Bread for a Year Plus, and NJ experiences from across the state that include overnight excursions and theatre tickets.

Tickets are $45 and available for purchase at www.earthsharenj.org ($50 at the door). Call (609) 989-1160 with any questions or to purchase tickets by phone.

2013 Beauty in Nature Photography Photography Competition & Exhibit
EarthShare New Jersey will announce the winner of its 2013 Beauty in Nature Photography Competition at EarthShare Celebrates New Jersey on April 12th. Over 70 photographers entered the contest with 140 images and 30 were selected that best showcased NJ’s diverse natural resources.

About EarthShare Celebrate NJ’s Awardees
Candace Ashmun is Vice President of The Fund for New Jersey and consultant to the New Jersey Conservation Foundation. Truly an ecological pioneer, Ashmun is more than deserving of this honor. For more than forty years, she has been working to protect and preserve the state’s environment and public health. She began her career as a water quality researcher for the Raritan Watershed Association, but quickly moved on to found and organize the Association for New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC), serving for many years as its executive director. Ashmun was one of the first appointees to the NJ Pinelands Commission and has served on that body continuously ever since. She was also appointed to the original NJ State Planning Commission, where she served several terms. She started the environmental collegium, which today is known as the Environmental Summit and also founded the Coalition for Affordable Housing and the Environment (CAHE), where she continues to serve on its board.

For years, Phillips-Van Heusen has not only provided its employees with the ability to support environmental causes through a charitable giving program (PVH Cares), but has also provided employees with environmental education opportunities through lunch and learns, Earth Day activities, volunteer experiences and more. The company has supported Green Teams and the implementation of programs and policies to create a more environmentally friendly workplace. This includes the construction of solar panels and a firm commitment and action toward the reduction of the company’s carbon footprint worldwide. In the manufacturing component of the business, Phillips-Van Heusen has taken a bold step in committing to the vision of zero discharge of hazardous chemicals from the company’s entire supply chain within one generation.

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EarthShare New Jersey Honors Leaders in Environmental Stewardship at Seventh Annual Event Celebrating The Beauty and Bounty of NJ

Friday, April 12, 2013, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m., Laurita Winery, New Egypt, NJ

Trenton, NJ (February 12, 2013) – For the past five years, EarthShare New Jersey has recognized the environmental accomplishments of individuals and companies making a difference in New Jersey’s environment at its annual event; EarthShare Celebrates New Jersey. On April 12, 2013 from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. at the Laurita Winery, located at 35 Archerton Road, New Egypt, NJ, Candace McKee Ashmun will be honored with EarthShare NJ’s 2013 Environmental Stewardship Award, while the Environmental Leadership Award will be presented to the New-Jersey based corporation Phillips-Van Heusen. Their leadership and commitment to a better environment for the communities they live and work in makes a difference for today and tomorrow.

The EarthShare Celebrates Annual Stewardship and Leadership Awards recognize individuals and corporations that demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the protection of New Jersey’s environment through leadership, corporate action, philanthropic support and community awareness.  Previous winners have included William de Camp, founder and former Executive Director of Save Barnegat Bay, Tom Gilmore, former President of NJ Audubon, New Jersey Natural Gas, iCIMS, PSEG and Prudential.

The evening will also feature a photography exhibition showcasing the natural beauty of NJ, an ecofriendly auction, light refreshments, wine tasting and live jazz by Stringzville.  A Very Important Protectors (VIP) reception and presentation entitled, “Life After Sandy: Reconstruction of Our State: The Plan and Impact of the Reconstruction Process” will be led by special guests from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in Laurita Winery’s private wine tasting room.

While tickets to the evening’s event are available for purchase at a cost of $45 in advance ($50 at the door), the VIP event is by invitation only. This event is ESNJ’s way of thanking those who have supported the group in some special way.  For more information about EarthShare Celebrates NJ sponsorship, contact Paula Aldarelli, ESNJ Executive Director, at (609) 989-1160.

About Environmental Stewardship Awardee Candace Ashmun

Candace Ashmun is Vice President of The Fund for New Jersey and consultant to the New Jersey Conservation Foundation. Truly, an ecological pioneer, Ashmun is more than deserving of this honor. For more than forty years, she has been working to protect and preserve the state’s environment and public health. She began her career as a water quality researcher for the Raritan Watershed Association, but quickly moved on to found and organize the Association for New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC), serving for many years as its executive director. Ashmun was one of the first appointees to the NJ Pinelands Commission and has served on that body continuously ever since. She was also appointed to the original NJ State Planning Commission, where she served several terms. She started the environmental collegium, which today is known as the Environmental Summit, and also founded the Coalition for Affordable Housing and the Environment (CAHE), where she continues to serve on its board.

About Environmental Leadership Awardee Phillips-Van Heusen

Over the years, Phillips-Van Heusen has not only provided its employees with the ability to support environmental causes through a charitable giving program (PVH Cares), but has also provided employees with environmental education opportunities through lunch and learns, Earth Day activities, volunteer experiences and more. On a corporate level, they have supported Green Teams and the implementation of programs and policies to create a more environmentally friendly workplace.

This includes the construction of solar panels on rented property in Bridgewater and a firm commitment and action toward the reduction of the company’s carbon footprint worldwide.  In the manufacturing component of the business, Phillips-Van Heusen has taken a bold step in committing to the vision of zero discharge of hazardous chemicals from the company’s entire supply chain within one generation.

About EarthShare New Jersey

EarthShare New Jersey was founded in 1994 when 16 of the state’s leading environmental organizations joined forces to raise funds through workplace contribution programs. The organization now provides funds to more than 65 local and national environmental groups and has raised more than $5 million in employee contributions from over 60 workplaces.

EarthShare NJ Contact:  Paula Aldarelli, Executive Director, EarthShare NJ, 609-989-1160, paldarelli@earthsharenj.org.

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