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IDC Awards Ceremony & Dinner 2008

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Annual IDC Award Ceremony was held on June 8th with an attendance of large and diverse audience.

IDC helps to make New Jersey a stronger and more prosperous place by advancing the causes of peace, cross-cultural tolerance, and human dignity. We publicly recognize the outstanding achievements of those recipients who have distinguished themselves in their profession, community and service to humanity and New Jersey community.

The awards are based on a variety of factors, including interfaith/intercultural involvement, community service, education, community educational involvements, professional and community honors, business and professional leadership, and educational honors.

Read the ceremony on NJ.COM

Read the ceremony on Today’s Zaman Newspaper, Turkey

Master of Ceremonies

Kent Manahan
Kent Manahan, Senior Anchor, NJN News

Community Service Awards
Governor Corzine
Governor Jon S. Corzine
The IDC recognizes the Hon. Corzine for his efforts to restore the state's fiscal viability and to improve the economy in this recessionary time, as well as his contributions to tolerance and dialogue in NJ. Governor Corzine was introduced by Sen. Loretta Weinberg, District 37.

Mr. Weysan Dun
Mr. Weysan Dun, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Newark Division
The IDC recognizes Special Agent Dun for his continued fight for a safer New Jersey and building bridges between law enforcement and the Muslim community in New Jersey. Mr. Dun was introduced by Mr. Thomas E. Durkin, Jr., Durkin & Durkin, LLP.

Peace and Tolerance Awards
Bishop Serratelli
Bishop Arthur Serratelli, RC Diocese of Paterson
The IDC recognizes Bishop Serratelli for his valuable contributions to Christian-Muslim dialogue in Northern New Jersey. Rev. Msgr. James T. Mahoney, Vicar General, introduced the Bishop.

Rabbi Jack Bemporad
Rabbi Jack Bemporad, Director, Center for Interreligious Understanding
The IDC recognizes Rabbi Bemporad for his efforts to improve Jewish-Christian-Muslim dialogue in our local community and worldwide. Prof. Robert M. Seltzer, Hunter College and the Graduate School of the City University of New York presented Rabbi Bemporad.

Media Award
Elizabeth Christopherson
Ms. Elizabeth Christopherson, Executive Director, NJN
The IDC recognizes Ms. Christopherson for her vision and commitment to improve New Jersey Network (NJN) Public Television and Radio as a family oriented network that respects and encourages diversity. She was presented by Dr. Clement Price, Director of Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, Rutgers University introduced Ms. Christopherson.

Education Award
Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG)
PSEG is recognized by the Interfaith Dialog Center for its strong commitment to educational development in the community, thereby contributing to the success of New Jersey's future. PSEG was introduced by Dr. Mesut Sahin, NJIT.

IDC Special Recognition Award
Dr. Maxine Beach
Dr. Maxine Beach, Vice President and Dean of School of Theology, Drew University
Dr. Beach is recognized for her exceptional contributions to interfaith dialogue activities and collaboration with the Turkish community. Dr. Laurel Kearns presented Dr. Beach.

Date: Sunday June 8, 2008
Time: 6:00 pm.
Hilton Hasbrouck Heights/Meadowlands
650 Terrace Avenue
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604

Media Sponsor
Ebru TV

We thank them for buying a table (10 seats).
- Istikbal Furniture, Clifton
- Center for Interreligious Understanding
- Ebru TV
- RC Diocese of Paterson

We thank them for their contributions.
- Ms. Anne Evans Estabrook (Elberon Development Co.)
- Mr. Bob Almberg
- Rev. Jane T. Brady