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Local entrepreneur, Smith Family Foundation and NJM Insurance Group to be recognized by NonProfitConnect

Local entrepreneur, Smith Family Foundation and NJM Insurance Group to be recognized by NonProfitConnect

Liz Erickson Impact Award honoree Joanne Canady-Brown, Community Award honoree Smith Family Foundation and Corporate Award honoree NJM Insurance Group have been selected as this year’s Impact Awards recipients for their commitment to community service.

The Impact Awards are given every year by NonProfitConnect, a Mercer County–based nonprofit that seeks to build “an increasingly diverse, skilled, and engaged group of nonprofit board and staff leaders.”

The honorees will be celebrated at NonProfitConnect’s Annual Impact Awards event on Oct. 29, starting at 5:30 p.m.

“As an organization committed to building nonprofit capacity, we are eager to recognize and honor individuals and organizations in our community that are engaging fellow community members and giving of themselves,” said Allison Howe, NonProfitConnect’s executive director. “As we face unprecedented challenges, it is inspiring to see local companies and leaders rallying resources to keep our nonprofits supported.”

Joanne Canady-Brown is being recognized with the Liz Erickson Impact Award, named for the late Elizabeth Erickson, a champion for Princeton-area community service.

Canady-Brown, the owner of local bakery The Gingered Peach, has been intimately involved in the Mercer County community. She has used sales of her tasty baked goods to raise several thousand dollars for multiple nonprofits including activating her “Dazzle Doughnuts” to support Young Audiences, a nonprofit supporting arts programs for children to her “Blackout Cookies” which boast a delightful mix of black and white swirls to fund I Am Trenton, a nonprofit supporting Trenton community projects.

During the pandemic, she continued her partnership with TASK to bring potato rolls to food insecure residents and provided trays of pastries to hospital providers who had not received other appreciation.

The Community Award, which recognizes a nonprofit that is making a significant impact will go to the Smith Family Foundation this year.

Founded in 2016, its mission is to

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