United in Impact Awards

United Way of Greater Mercer County Board of Directors Invites You to 

United in Impact Awards

Join us virtually to celebrate community champions and for a presentation on how the pandemic is impacting the mental health of NJ residents.

Meet the Board

Date: May 20, 2021
Time: 5PM-6:15PM
Cost: $50

Proceeds from the event will directly provide food, rental assistance, health insurance access, tax preparation services, financial coaching, and other resources to help individuals and families get ahead. There are over 55,000 families in Mercer County struggling to make ends meet. 

Registration is Closed

Zoom link will be sent to registrants a few days before the event.



Champion Sponsor

NJM Insurance Group


Partner Sponsors



Robert Wood Johnson Hamilton


Devotee Sponsor

Northfield Bank




Promotional Sponsor

Imbue Creative


Host Sponsor

Thomas Edison State University


Keynote Speaker 

State Senator Richard J. Codey 

Senator Richard J. Codey

Throughout a career in state government that has spanned more than four decades, State Senator and former Governor Richard J. Codey has been regarded by his colleagues and constituents as an independent thinker and a champion of change to benefit the public good.  Senator Codey began his career in state government in 1973 when he was elected to the Assembly at age 26. He served four terms before being elected to the New Jersey Senate in 1981 to represent the 27th Legislative District in Essex County.

He served as co-president of the Senate from 2002 – 2003 during a historic period of bipartisan cooperation, serving alongside Republican John O. Bennett at a time when Republicans and Democrats split control of the Upper House.  After Democrats gained a majority of the seats in the Senate in the November 2003 elections, Senator Codey was elected president of the New Jersey State Senate and served in that position from 2004 – 2009.

When Governor James E. McGreevey resigned before his term expired, Richard Codey became the 53rd Governor of New Jersey on November 16, 2004, under a provision in the New Jersey State Constitution which provides for the Senate President to simultaneously assume the powers and responsibilities of the Office of Governor during a time of vacancy.

As a Senator, Codey chaired the Institutions, Health, and Welfare Committee in the Senate and soon became known for his advocacy for better care and treatment of the mentally ill. Early in his legislative career, he exposed major problems in state psychiatric hospitals when he assumed the name of a deceased convicted criminal and was hired at Marlboro Psychiatric Hospital. Senator Codey's now legendary "undercover" operation led to reforms that have significantly improved the quality of care and quality of life for patients in mental health facilities.

As Governor, Codey continued to bring the struggles of the mentally ill to the forefront of the public's attention. During his 14 months as Governor, he created a Mental Health Task Force and implemented changes that created a dramatic improvement in New Jersey’s mental health system.  Along with his wife Mary Jo, he launched a statewide postpartum depression awareness campaign.  In addition to those efforts, he sponsored legislation that requires doctors and healthcare professionals to screen and educate all new mothers for postpartum depression.

Senator Codey's work over the years has also resulted in dramatic improvements for consumers and providers of healthcare in New Jersey.  Sen. Codey sponsored New Jersey's Health Care Reform Act, making New Jersey the first state to enact significant cost-cutting measures for healthcare while protecting the quality of care.  He also helped establish New Jersey's Charity Care program, which helps hospitals treat uninsured patients and he helped create the State program that provides prescription drug cost assistance for New Jersey's senior citizens and disabled residents. 

He has also been a vocal public health advocate, signing the landmark New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act into law, which banned smoking in indoor public places and workplaces throughout New Jersey. To help keep teenagers away from this dangerous habit, he sponsored and signed into law a bill raising the tobacco purchasing age to 19 and most recently was a prime sponsor of legislation signed into law raising the purchase age again to 21.  He has also been a champion of stem cell research, sponsoring legislation to provide long-term public funding for stem cell research grants as well as funding to construct the Stem Cell Institute of New Jersey.  While he was Governor, New Jersey became the first state to award public funds to support embryonic stem cell research, and the first to establish a public umbilical and placental stem cell bank.

Senator Codey has led efforts to combat steroid abuse among teen athletes, creating the Governor’s Task Force on Steroid Use and Prevention during his time as Governor, and sponsoring bills to address steroid use among student-athletes, including random drug testing for student-athletes, and training and outreach to coaches in order to identify the symptoms of steroid abuse and encourage their athletes to avoid steroids and performance-enhancing supplements.  Senator Codey has also sponsored comprehensive legislation to better protect student-athletes from the sustained health effects of brain and head injuries and concussions.

As Governor, Codey brokered a deal to keep telecommunications giant Verizon headquartered in New Jersey.  He also worked out an agreement between the Jets and the Giants to build a new stadium at the Meadowlands using their own funds, and both teams made a commitment to stay in New Jersey for the next 99 years.

Throughout his four decades in public service, Sen. Codey has sponsored landmark laws to help make New Jersey communities and schools safer.  He sponsored the nation's first statewide assault weapons ban and the nation's first childproof handgun law.  As Governor, he signed landmark legislation for GPS tracking of sex offenders.  He sponsored a series of bills to protect children from Internet predators and sponsored laws that make it a primary offense for drivers to talk or text on a mobile phone without a hands-free device.

Throughout his career, Richard Codey has been a champion for the rights of New Jersey’s hardworking citizens.  As Governor, he signed a bill that raised the State’s minimum wage to $7.15 an hour and another that provided critical safeguards against the growing problem of identity theft.  He also sponsored a landmark law providing community college scholarships to high school seniors who graduate in the top 20 percent of their classes.

In recent years, Sen. Codey has made surprise inspections of boarding homes throughout the state with local officials to show the poor conditions that many with mental health issues are living in and to force the operators to make improvements to the homes. In addition, Sen. Codey once again went undercover and posed as a homeless man to show the struggles these individuals must go through to find a decent place to rest. Subsequently, he passed a series of bills that created new standards for homeless shelters to operate under and to ease the entry for those that need them.

In 2014, Sen. Codey became the longest-serving legislator in New Jersey history. During this time, he has had over 300 bills signed into law.

Senator Codey, along with his wife Mary Jo, has established The Codey Fund for Mental Health. The organization was founded on the belief that access to comprehensive care and quality treatment for individuals with mental illness is a right and that the stigma associated with mental illness is the single biggest barrier between the people suffering from mental health disorders and the treatment that can change their lives.

When he is not fighting for New Jersey’s hardworking citizens, Senator Codey enjoys spending time with his family, coaching his sixth-grade traveling basketball team, and attending the games of his favorite college team, Seton Hall. He is a devoted husband, father, grandfather and resides in Roseland with his wife, the former Mary Jo Rolli. He has two sons Kevin and Christopher, and a granddaughter, Brooke.

Live United Award

Recognizes the corporate and personal commitment to building a stronger, equitable, and thriving community.

NJM Insurance Group and Michael Van Wagner, Vice President of Public Affairs at NJM Insurance Group

Michael Van Wagner             NJM Insurance Group

Mike Van Wagner has served as Vice President of Public Affairs for NJM Insurance Company since November 2013. Since joining NJM in 1983 as a claims representative, Mr. Van Wagner has taken on numerous roles of increasing responsibility before being named Vice President in 2006. 
From May 2012 to October 2013, he served as Executive Director of New Jersey’s Business Action Center (BAC), requiring an 18-month leave of absence from NJM. The BAC is one of four entities that make up New Jersey’s Partnership for Action. While at the BAC, Mr. Van Wagner oversaw a veteran team of economic development professionals helping companies stay, grow, or locate in New Jersey.  In 2014, he was recognized by NJBiz as one of the “Top 100 Business Leaders in New Jersey.”
Upon his return to NJM, he assumed management of the Company’s Public Affairs responsibilities, which include NJM’s Corporate Giving program. Under his leadership, in 2016  NJM received the prestigious Great Oak and Jefferson awards for its philanthropic efforts. Further, in 2016,  NJM’s Teen Driver Safety Program was honored by the National Safety Council with its esteemed Teen Driving Safety Leadership Award for its demonstrated results in changing behaviors to reduce teen crashes. 
Mr. Van Wagner shares his experience and expertise with a number of nonprofit and leadership organizations, serving on the boards of  Lead New Jersey, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County, Greater Trenton, HomeFront, NJ Audubon, the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce Business Cabinet.  He is also a member of the Glendale Civic Association, and the Ewing Township Recreation Commission as well as a member of the Mooch Myernick Soccer Foundation’s Board of Directors.
Mr. Van Wagner received his B.A. in political science from Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C. He and his wife, Olivia, and their daughters, Marguerite and Isabel live in Ewing, N.J. 

Learn about NJM Insurance Group at https://www.njm.com/about

Community Quarterback Award

Recognizes an individual who has shown true leadership, dedication, and passion for helping the community. 

Frank J. Lucchesi, Senior Regional Public Affairs Manager at PSE&G 
Frank J. Lucchesi

Frank is currently Senior Regional Public Affairs Manager, serving Mercer, Middlesex, and Monmouth Counties and also oversees Somerset, Union, and Hunterdon Counties. In his role, he is responsible for supporting PSE&G’s lines of business and serves as a liaison for our municipal, governmental, business, law enforcement, community, and civic leaders. He joined Public Service Electric and Gas Company as an Area Development Manager in 2005 where his primary responsibility included attracting, expanding, and retaining business in the State of New Jersey and providing real estate relocation services. 

Frank has over twenty-five years of experience in economic development, real estate, and related public-sector fields.  He spent five years as the Business Representative for the Mercer County Division initiating and executing marketing programs for the County’s various real estate projects. He also spent two years as an account executive for a business attraction at the New Jersey Commerce & Economic Growth Commission responsible for building relationships, providing guidance, and delivering state services in order to attract, retain and expand business in New Jersey.  Prior to joining PSE&G, Frank spent the last five years with the New Jersey Economic Development Authority as the Real Estate Division's Asset & Leasing Manager working with industry professionals to promote the Authority’s real estate projects and managing the Authority’s 4.5 MM square foot real estate portfolio of properties.  

Frank is a graduate of Rider University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.  He is also an NJ Licensed Real Estate Professional since 1989, served on the Hamilton Township (Mercer County) planning Board from 1998-2001, and was elected to the Hamilton Township Board of Education and served from 1995-1998.

Frank is currently a Commissioner and Vice Chairman serving on the board of the Mercer County Improvement Authority.  He also serves on the Board of Directors for Greater Trenton, the Hamilton Area YMCA, Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce, Central New Jersey Junior Achievement and is a Board of Trustee member for New Jersey State Police Memorial Foundation.  Frank is the immediate past Board Chairman for KidsBridge and also Co-Chaired the 2011 Mercer County American Heart Association Heart Walk.

Advocate Award

Recognizes an individual that embodies UWGMC’s mission to promote access to health and overall wellness. 

Diane Grillo, Vice President of Health Promotions at Robert Wood Johnson Hamilton 

Diane Grillo

Diane Grillo is Vice President of Health Promotions at RWJ Hamilton, an affiliate hospital of the RWJBarnabas Health System.  As VP, Diane has responsibility for Community Relations, Corporate & Occupational Health, Pastoral Care, Volunteers, the RWJ Fitness & Wellness Center, community education, and outreach.   

Passionate about prevention, health & wellness, Diane has pioneered work in the region developing programs around the benefits of fitness and good nutrition. Anyone who has seen and heard Diane talk understands the nature of REAL wellness and how it benefits individuals and organizations. Diane believes it is worth the discipline required to sustain an exceptional lifestyle and positive philosophy -- and to try always to look on the bright side of life.

Working for almost thirty years in Mercer County, she has focused on the health needs of the various segments of the population to improve health and quality of life especially the most fragile populations – the very young and the elderly.  Throughout her career, Diane has been a strong advocate in promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity for women both within and outside of the healthcare sector. She has been a passionate voice in raising awareness of the needs of women and girls.   

She is a board member of the American Cancer Society, the Greater Mercer Public Health Partnership, the Hamilton Partnership, and the Trenton Public Educational Foundation.  She also serves on the Hamilton Rotary and the RWJBarnabas Health Women’s Leadership Alliance.

Diane has a BA in Organizational Development and an MS in Management.    

Eugene Marsh Community Impact Award

Recognizes an individual or group who exemplifies Eugene Marsh’s commitment to mental health, veterans, diversity, and anti-racism and who give back to the community. The awardee also personifies Eugene Marsh’s three core values: Caring, Respect, and Responsibility.

The award will be given posthumously to former Board Member, Eugene Marsh, and will be accepted by his wife, Elaine Walker Marsh. 

Eugene Marsh

Eugene Marsh served in the United States Army and a tour of duty as a Vietnam Veteran serving in the United States Army. He was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, 2/17 Cavalry Unit as an infantryman and a radio operator. He was awarded three medals including the Distinguished Vietnam Medal, Army Commendation, and the Bronze Star Medal for Valor in combat.
After returning home, Marsh had a difficult time re-acclimating to civilian life; overcoming PTSD, and rebounding after a period of homelessness. Eventually, Marsh found success in the construction industry, and in 1998, he started his own construction management firm. In 2012, his firm was selected by the Small Business Administration and the Department of Interior as the first African-American firm to provide construction management services for the “Upgrade and Renovation” of the Statue of Liberty Project.
Motivated by his own experiences as a veteran, in 2018 Marsh earned a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He was pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership at Rider University where his dissertation centered on the mental health disparity of veterans. He hoped to help Veterans and servicemen who had or who were experiencing similar challenges. In 2018, Johnson & Johnson recognized and honored Eugene Marsh with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award for his outstanding volunteerism and engagement in serving vulnerable populations.
Marsh had been invited by the US Department of Veterans Affairs to attend the Veterans Health Administration Health Services Research & Development Service, National Research Meeting. As an invited guest, Marsh would serve as a Suicide Prevention panelist during the Veteran Engagement Forum where he would have lent his voice to veteran’s health priorities.
Ever an advocate, Marsh served on several boards including the United Way of Greater Mercer County, the Philadelphia CHERP Veterans Community Advisory Board, the Department of Veterans Affairs Central Institutional Review Board, and the New Jersey Supreme Court Ethics Committee.

Sponsorship and Ad Information

Corporate sponsorships and digital ad opportunities are available. Please see below for more information. 

Gateway Sponsor $15,000

  • Co-branding on program communications (e.g. flyers, website)
  • Membership to United Way' Tocqueville Society (national benefits) 
  • Feature article in (1) monthly newsletter 
  • Logo Placement on UWGMC site (1 year)
  • Press Release Acknowledgement
  • Annual Report Recognition
  • Social Media Post Acknowledgement 
  • Complimentary tickets to the event 12

Tocqueville Sponsor $10,000

  • Membership to United Way' Tocqueville Society (national benefits) 
  • Feature article in (1) monthly newsletter 
  • Logo Placement on UWGMC site (1 year)
  • Press Release Acknowledgement
  • Annual Report Recognition
  • Social Media Post Acknowledgement 
  • Complimentary tickets to the event 10

Visionary Sponsor $7,500

  • Feature article in (1) monthly newsletter 
  • Logo Placement on UWGMC site (1 year)
  • Press Release Acknowledgement
  • Annual Report Recognition
  • Social Media Post Acknowledgement 
  • Complimentary tickets to the event 8

Champion Sponsor $5,000

  • Logo Placement on UWGMC site (1 year)
  • Press Release Acknowledgement
  • Annual Report Recognition
  • Social Media Post Acknowledgement 
  • Complimentary tickets to the event 6

Partner Sponsor $2,500

  • Press Release Acknowledgement
  • Annual Report Recognition
  • Social Media Post Acknowledgement 
  • Complimentary tickets to the event 4

Devotee Sponsor $1,000

  • Annual Report Recognition
  • Social Media Post Acknowledgement 
  • Complimentary tickets to the event 2

Ads will be displayed during the event as well as on a UWGMC website page.

Available Ad Information

  • Dimensions: 7.5" wide x 4.75" tall 
  • Price: $220

Acceptable File Formats

The artwork will appear as submitted. To ensure the best quality, please provide a digital file following the below guidelines: 

  • Files should be in full-color CMYK.
  • Do not include any printer marks, such as bleeds or trims, and turn all fonts to outlines.
  • Press quality (300dpi) .jpg, .png, or PDF file


Purchase Sponsorship or Digital Ad

For More Information

Please contact Sandra Toussaint at sandra.toussaint@uwgmc.org or 609-896-1912