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Racial Justice Awards Scheduled Friday In Ridgewood

Barbara Giarmo will be one of the honorees at the April 22nd's Racial Justice Awards Breakfast.
Barbara Giarmo will be one of the honorees at the April 22nd's Racial Justice Awards Breakfast. Photo Credit: Barbara Giarmo Facebook

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. -- YWCA Bergen County's Racial Justice Awards Breakfast will be on Friday, April 22.

This award was created in observance of April's National YWCA Stand Against Racism. It recognizes individuals, businesses or organizations who live the YWCA's mission and have demonstrated leadership by working to eliminate racism and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity.

This year's honorees will be Barbara Giarmo and Michael Feeney (1983-2016). The group will also recognize the Human Rights League at Pascack Valley High School.

Giarmo is a member of the MLK Birthday Committee and the MLK Monument Committee, the Jazz Concert for Justice, and the Juneteenth Committee. Through her fundraising efforts, Hackensack's MLK Monument was built and dedicated in Hackensack in 2014. Giarmo also works with Bergen County high schools to select students for awards and college scholarships.

Feeney "was a rising star in the field of journalism, who not only was a champion for diversity in the newsroom, but also in the stories and community he reported on," a news release noted. "Feeney worked tirelessly to perfect his craft, execute his goals and live out his dreams."

Lizette Parker, Teaneck's deputy mayor, presented him with the “People on the Move" award in 2010. That summer, the National Association of Black Journalists honored him with an "Emerging Journalist of the Year" award. Feeney died in January of this year, at the age of 32, from a kidney staph infection.

"The Human Rights League of Pascack Valley High School promotes the respect, dignity, and freedom of all people and raises awareness about human rights issues in their school, surrounding community and world," the press release also noted. It plans events both to educate and fundraise for worthy causes.

The event also includes a full breakfast buffet, prepared by Chef Kenneth Collins of Tour Catering. Tickets are $50: click here to RSVP.

The breakfast will be from 8-10 a.m., at the Anderson Sanctuary Unitarian Society of Ridgewood, 113 Cottage Place, in Ridgewood. For more information, call Samantha at 201-345-1895.

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