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The First Annual Giant Leap to Greatness Awards Dinner Chair, Antonio Pierce, #58 of The Super Bowl Champion New York Giants with students at The Giants Academy (The Giants Foundation's primary academic outreach initiative and a partnership with Communities In Schools of Newark

The First Annual Giant Leap to Greatness Awards Dinner Chair, Antonio Pierce, #58 of The Super Bowl Champion New York Giants with students at The Giants Academy (The Giants Foundation's primary academic outreach initiative and a partnership with Communities In Schools of Newark
at the Louise A. Spencer School in Newark, NJ)
Photo by: Ethan Medley


The Super Bowl Champion New York Giants
Giant Leap to Greatness Awards Dinner:
An Evening Celebrating Generosity, Gratitude and Growth
November 17, 2008




The Super Bowl Champion New York Giants


Communities In Schools of New Jersey (CISNJ)


Giant Leap to Greatness Awards Dinner: An Evening Celebrating Generosity, Gratitude and Growth

Date & Times:

Monday, November 17, 2008; Reception: 6:30 PM; Dinner: 7:30 PM


The Stadium Club at Giants Stadium

50 State Route 120, East Rutherford, New Jersey


Antonio Pierce of The Super Bowl Champion New York Giants


Russ Salzberg - Two-time Emmy Award-Winning Sports Anchor, My9TV


Howard Cross - Super Bowl Champion and Co-host, This Week in Football

Keynote Speaker:

William E. Milliken - Founder and Vice Chairman, Communities in Schools and Author, “The Last Dropout"





Community Service:


CISNJ Alumnus:


Who We Are:

Communities In Schools (CIS) is the nation’s largest dropout prevention organization. For 30 years, CIS has remained focused on helping kids who are at risk of dropping out stay in school and prepare for life by identifying and addressing the unmet needs of students  that, when left unanswered, contribute to the dropout rate.

Communities In Schools of New Jersey (CISNJ) is the state affiliate of CIS which now serves almost two million children in 2,600 sites in 31 states. Eighteen years ago, CISNJ started as a single school-based project at Central High School in Newark, NJ. Today, CISNJ programs provide access to services to more than 15,000 children at 20 sites, in six school districts: Newark, Passaic, Millville, Port Norris, Woodbine and Camden.

Communities In Schools offers a proven long-term comprehensive framework to help children succeed and stay in school. By establishing a link between teachers, principals, parents, local service providers, businesses and institutions of higher learning, CIS brokers and coordinates support services including; after school programs, tutoring, mentoring, job internships, mental health counseling, parental involvement activities, and arts and enrichment programs.

Communities In Schools of New Jersey Board of Trustees:

CHAIRMAN, Carlos M. Recalde, Barclays Capital; VICE CHAIRMAN, Joel S. Bloom Ed.D., VP for Academic & Student Services & Dean of Albert Dorman Honors College, New Jersey Institute of Technology; TREASURER, Frank Glien Jr., CPA, Principal, Frank Glien Jr., LLC; SECRETARY, Michael Gonzalez, President & CEO, Novetix Corporation; Gwendolyn Corrin, President  & State Director, CISNJ; Maurice J. Brown, Director, External Affairs & Statewide African-American Urban Affairs, Verizon; Kenneth Gaines, VP, U.S. Sales (Eastern Atlantic) & Midwest Public Sector, CISCO Systems; Jeannine F. LaRue, VP for Public Affairs, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; J. Ethan Medley, Asst. Director Community Relations, New York Giants; Felix Ramirez, Partner, Riebeeck Associates; Clarence Smith, Jr. Esq., Partner & Attorney Connell Foley LLP and Helen Steblecki, State Director, Community Relations – NJ, Citi.

Communities In Schools National Board of Directors:

CHAIRMAN, Elaine Wynn, Director Wynn Resorts; FOUNDER AND VICE CHAIRMAN, William E. Milliken, Communities In Schools National Office; NATIONAL PRESIDENT, Daniel J. Cardinali; Brian E. Becker, Chairman and Co-CEO, BASE Entertainment; Veronica Biggins, Partner,Hodge/Niederer/Cariani/Lindsay; James Cox Chambers, Producer, Fieldhands Productions; Raymond G. Chambers, Chairman, Amelior Foundation; Millard S. Drexler, Chairman and CEO, J.Crew Group; John R. Ettinger, Managing Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell; Hon. Daniel Glickman, Chairman and CEO, Motion Picture Association of America; Paul Houston, Executive Director, American Association of School Administrators; George H. Johnson, Owner, Johnson Properties; Linda LeSourd Lader, President, Renaissance Institute; Robert Light, Managing Partner, Creative Artists Agency; Jillian Manus, President, Manus & Associates Literary Agency; John H. Mobley, II, Senior Partner, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, LLP; John Nixon, Executive Director, ICAP®, Dean L. Overman, Managing Director, Arbella Company, LTD; Yvonne Petrasovits; Jonathan G. Powers, Deputy Supervisor, Town of Pound Ridge, N.Y.; Richard Rogel, President and CEO, Tomay, Inc.; Leonard Stern, Partner, Shepardson Stern Kaminsky; Donna Weiss, Managing Partner, Midstream Partners, LLC; Sherrie Rollins Westin, Executive Vice President, Sesame Workshop; and Linda Gale White, Former First Lady of Texas.


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