FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Freeholder Blanquita B. Valenti
Chair, Human Services and Senior Services Committee
New Jersey Foundation for Aging Honors Founder Peg Chester
Middlesex County Department of Senior Services Executive Director Margaret Chester, a founding trustee of the New Jersey Foundation for Aging, was honored at the NJFA’s 3rd Annual fall celebration.
Chester was one of the NJFA’s founders in 1998, served as president of the Board of Trustees from 2004 to 2007 and is still very actively involved in the Foundation’s activities.
“Peg joined four leaders in the field of aging to establish the NJ Foundation for Aging (NJFA) in 1998,” said Robert Muniz, president of the NJFA Board of Trustees. “In the past 12 years, the Foundation has granted more than $350,000 to community services programs and to explore tough policy issues like at-risk drivers and elder economics. We salute and commend her gifts of commitment and vision to the field of aging.”
“Peg Chester has done much in the County as well as in the state to benefit seniors,” said Freeholder Blanquita B. Valenti, chairwoman of the County’s Human Services and Senior Services Committee. “It is a pleasure to work with her and I am proud of all that she has done and helped us to accomplish.”
The New Jersey Foundation for Aging was established as a non-profit organization in 1998 and is a statewide public charity that raises funds to support innovative programs that serve seniors. Since its inception, the organization has worked to address the needs of the state’s senior population by improving and expanding services and programs to New Jersey seniors.
“The NJFA has made a positive difference in the lives of many New Jerseyians,” said Freeholder Director Christopher D. Rafano. “I would like to thank Peg Chester and all the founding members for having the foresight to start an important organization such as this. Their hard work has made Middlesex County and the state of New Jersey a better place.”
The event, held Nov. 14, also honored the three other founding trustees, Rosemarie Doremus, Carl West and Susan Chasnoff. It featured a performance at the State Theater in New Brunswick titled, “In the Mood.” “In the Mood” is a big band musical celebrating the music of the 1940s featuring the music of such great entertainers as, Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller. The performance was followed by dinner at the Daryl Wine Bar and Restaurant.
For information about the New Jersey Foundation for Aging, visit http://www.njfoundationforaging.org/events.html or call 609-421-0206.