November 11, 2016

GI Go Fund Honors Panasonic, Kessler Foundation, and Community leaders during Veterans Day Gala

Annual Gala sponsored by PSEG and others in Newark, NJ commemorates the 10 year anniversary of GI Go Fund

Elaine Katz of the Kessler Foundation accepts the 2016 Jackson Drysdale Civilian of the Year award for her organization's work with disabled veterans

NEWARK, NJ - The GI Go Fund hosted its Annual Veterans Day Gala where PSEG, Panasonic, Kessler Foundation and over 200 military personnel, veterans, and their loved ones joined at the Newark Club for the premiere Veterans event in New Jersey to honor our veterans and the people who have made a significant difference in the lives of veterans and their loved ones.

This year’s gala celebrated the 10 year anniversary of the organization's founding, as well as recognized the individuals and organizations that have made it a priority to ensure that our veterans not only return home with honor and pride, but are regarded as some of the most important and valuable members of our society. Throughout the private and public sectors, there are individuals who have displayed an unparalleled commitment to ensuring that our veterans our transitioning successfully.

There are nonprofit leaders who make a difference for veterans like Elaine Katz, who received the Jackson Drysdale Civilian of the Year award for her work with the Kessler Foundation in helping disabled veterans find work through partnering with GI Go Fund in training disabled veterans for work. The award was named in honor of the late son of PSEG Nuclear President and GI Go Fund Board Member Diana Drysdale, whose son showed a great commitment to helping veterans at a young age that inspired her and others to support our military men and women.

Panasonic North American CEO Joe Taylor was awarded the Corporate Leadership award for his company's work in partnering with GI Go Fund to create a one of a kind incubator and training center in Newark for veterans and their families.

In addition to these private sector heroes, there are several members of the public sector who have made an impact. NJ Assemblywoman Cleopatra Tucker and Newark Councilman Joseph McCallum won the David Parano Legislator of the Year and the Seth Dvorin Veteran of the Year awards, respectively, for their tireless work and great commitment to helping homeless veterans during the Norther NJ Stand Down. Also honored for her work with homeless veterans was NJ HUD Director Maria Maio-Messano, who received the Leadership in Veterans Homelessness award for her agency's har worked to end veteran homelessness throughout several NJ counties.

The gala was sponsored by PSEG, Day Pitney, Stop & Shop, and JobPath. We thank all of our honorees for all that they do for veterans, and we hope others will follow in their footsteps in the coming year.