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Ridgewood Couple Honored For Distinguished Service

Distinguished Service Award Honorees Eileen and Ted Wagner.
Distinguished Service Award Honorees Eileen and Ted Wagner. Photo Credit: West Bergen Mental Healthcare

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. – A Ridgewood couple is being honored with a Distinguished Service Award at West Bergen Mental Healthcare's Fall Night of Fine Dining.

Eileen and Ted Wagner are being recognized for their community service. The event is set for Monday, Nov. 9. at the Indian Trail Club in Franklin Lakes.

The Wagners were selected as honorees for their lifelong commitment to helping others, especially children and families in need, Thomas Bruinooge, president of West Bergen’s board of trustees, said.

As a member of West Bergen's board, Eileen has hosted events and taken leadership roles with the agency’s events and programs, Bruinooge said.

She is a graduate of the University of Dayton with a history degree and worked in human services in New York City where she met Ted. He is a graduate of Yale College and has his law degree from Yale Law School. The couple married in 1971.

Eileen loves design and earned an associate’s degree from Berkeley College. She has helped renovate All Saints Church in Glen Rock to make it handicapped accessible. Eileen also served as a tutor in the English as a Second Language program at the Ridgewood Library and volunteered with St. Elizabeth’s Church, Saddle River Day School, Willard School and the Gladney Center for Adoption.

Ted is a partner with Carter Ledyard and Milburn LLP in New York City. He is a founding member of The New 42nd Street Inc., one of the two organizations responsible for reclaiming this famous block. He has had leadership roles in overseeing the redevelopment and restoration of seven historic theaters, including The New Victory Theater, a performing arts theater for children and their families.

He is vice president of St. Paul’s Community Development Corporation in Paterson, which is dedicated to improving social and economic conditions.

For information about sponsorship or to purchase tickets for $175 per person, or call (201) 444-3550.

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