Join us for the Celebration and Lend your Support with an Ad or Sponsorship!
Thursday, January 27, 2022 from 6:00 to 9:15 pm at Lucien's Distinguished Catering,  81 W White Horse Pike, Berlin, New Jersey. The cost to attend the event is $90 per person or $700 for a table of eight. The awards ceremony will follow a sumptuous celebration which will include hors d’oeuvres, a served, sit-down dinner and dessert, with wine and beer available all evening.  Complimentary wine and beer will be available during the cocktail hour. TO PROTECT THE HEALTH OF ALL CONCERNED, WE REQUIRE ALL ATTENDEES TO BE FULLY VACCINATED. We reserve the right to require proof of vaccination and ask that you bring it with you or provide it in advance.
Our Annual Community Service Awards Dinner is our flagship fundraiser, and an opportunity for all of us to come together and celebrate those deserving people who live in or serve the Voorhees community and whose actions have shown that they live by the Rotary motto “Service Above Self," in  four categories. “Our Club’s Community Service Awards dinner is one of the highlights of the year,” said Mark Schott, committee chair. In past years, it has been a fun and welcoming gathering for the community, for Rotarians, and for friends and supporters of the awardees, with over 100 attendees at a premier location.
 
This year the recipients are
Voorhees Business Person of the Year..........................................................Deputy Mayor Michelle Nocito 
Voorhees Citizen of the Year.........................................................................Bill Walenda 
Voorhees Citizen of the Year.........................................................................Rubab Sameer Sarfraz
Voorhees Selfless Student of the Year..........................................................Diya Shyam
For more about them, look below on this page. 
 

Please consider supporting them and us by becoming a sponsor, or purchasing tickets for yourself, your friends and your significant others, or placing an ad in our ad book.

For more information see below
 
Support us and the award recipients!

SPONSORSHIPS

Gold Sponsor - $1,500 - This includes: Full page ad in the program book (7.5”h x 4.5” w), 8 dinner tickets (full table) to the event plus
           Inclusion in all news releases and
           Special mention at the event and listing on the event banner
Silver Sponsor - $1,000 - This includes: Half page ad in the program book (3.75”h x 4.5” w), 4 dinner tickets to the event plus
           Inclusion in all news releases
           Special mention at the event
Bronze Sponsor - $500 - This includes: Half page ad in the program book (3.75”h x 4.5” w),  2 dinner tickets to the event, plus
           Inclusion in all news releases
           Special mention at the event

To become a sponsor, select this form, save and fill it out then send it to us: documents/en-us/eb44bdce-e2fd-432c-9a41-ff9f5b74493c/1

Even if you are not a sponsor, you can also show your support of us and the awardees by purchasing tickets or placing an ad in our program book.
Here are our ad prices:
Full Page (7.5”h x 4.5”w) - $250
Half Page (3.75”h x 4.5”w) - $140
Quarter Page (3.75”h x 2.25’’w) - $75
Please e-mail your ad copy to glennpage@comcast.net. The deadline for submitting requests is December 31, 2021.
For more information and to make dinner reservations or place ads:
    please select this form, save and fill it out then send it to us:documents/en-us/310e673b-b8d2-4aea-b916-688ddac3b4f7/1
To make dinner entree selections:
    please select this form and email it back per the instructions: documents/en-us/73be651e-a6e9-43ac-b8a5-d8b3f3a91e28/1
Sponsors
Deputy Mayor Michelle Nocito - Voorhees Business Person of the Year
Michelle Nocito is Principal Partner at CapWealth, responsible for ensuring clients have access to leading wealth solutions. She is passionate about collaborating with women to help them pursue financial strength and independence. Through her own experiences and stories shared by her clients, Michelle has always recognized that women deserve an intentional approach to their financial goals that considers the realities they face, such as gender gaps in wages and career breaks. However, during the global pandemic several of her normally individual roles- business owner, motherhood, and public service converged suddenly into her living room. Michelle experienced a life-changing shift as she struggled to navigate the abrupt departure of her everyday routine. It became apparent that she needed to create a better experience for her own well-being and the well-being of the women around her. Driven by this mission, in 2021 with the support of her team, she created a department known as “Ms. Money” within her firm to create a community for women by women.
Michelle is a member of the Voorhees Township Committee and serves as deputy mayor and township public safety director. She also serves on the board of directors for the NJ Planning Officials and the Voorhees Soccer Association. She previously served as the PFA co-president for E.T. Hamilton School in Voorhees, as the president of the Voorhees Diversity Committee, and on the Voorhees Township Swim Club Board.
In addition to serving the community, Michelle is passionate about her pursuing her personal goals. Michelle has completed several marathons and half-marathons. Being an avid runner, Michelle finds that running races helps build mental strength to overcome challenges. Michelle has spent many years working to inspire others to overcome challenges that seem impossible.
Michelle has been a resident of Voorhees for 17 years. She and her husband are the proud parents of two children and five dogs.
Rubab Sameer Sarfraz - Voorhees Citizen of the Year
Rubab Sameer Safraz has been living in Voorhees since 2013 and is passionate about making a difference in her community by promoting diversity. Rubab provided unselfish support in organizing fundraisers for National and International disasters like Tsunami, Sandy, Katrina, Earthquake in Pakistan, Cyclones in Bangladesh etc. Rubab is a very active, vibrant and credible member representing Pakistan American Society of South Jersey as Executive Committee Member and as a member of Pakistan American Congress and has been very instrumental in raising donations for the homeless in Camden for the last five years. Through Pakistan American Society of South Jersey, she was able to connect with outreach programs for people in need; most of which were in Camden. She has also been providing love, compassion and humanitarian support including personal financial assistance to those in need and visiting Rehabilitation Centers with her family in Camden County.
Bill Walenda - Voorhees Citizen of the Year
Voorhees resident Bill Walenda is a member of Hope United Methodist Church and small business owner, (he owns 2 gyms for children). He has been a major mover and shaker with the food pantry sponsored by Hope UMC for the past three years. He brought his small business skills to the management of the food pantry and has served in all facets of the project including record keeping, unloading groceries, packing boxes, food shopping, and deliveries to individual families who were unable to pick up groceries. His work has been instrumental in expanding the Hope UMC food pantry from serving 50 families before the start of the pandemic to an estimated 290 families throughout Voorhees and its neighboring communities.
The entire Walenda family has made the Hope UMC food pantry their family mission including his wife, Kelly, Walenda, in house counsel with Jefferson Health System (formerly Kennedy Health) and their four (4) children.
Diya Shyam - Voorhees Selfless Student of the Year
Diya Shyam is a Junior at Eastern High School.  She channels all of her activities into something worthwhile.  She uses her soccer involvement to raise money for cancer.  Diya worked on a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Summit by assisting with the planning,  organizing and selection of speakers. She encourages students to become knowledgeable and sensitive  to their differences.  Through her involvement with the Voorhees Cultural and Diversity Committee she has become the VCDC Student Representative where she acts as a liaison to other High School Students, including helping them when an incident occurred during graduation