Annual Awards Reception


Each spring, ELC hosts an awards ceremony and reception to honor individuals and organizations for their commitment to public education. The reception is also an important fundraising event; contributions and proceeds from ticket sales help maintain ELC as a champion of educational equity. This year, ELC’s annual fundraiser will be held on Thursday, May 18, in New Brunswick.

Each year, ELC’s fundraiser is preceded by the Education Justice Lecture. This year, Vice President of the Ford Foundation, Hilary Pennington; President and CEO of the Schott Foundation for Public Education, John Jackson; and President and CEO of the Dodge Foundation, Chris Daggett, will be featured. The lecture will take place at the Rutgers Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy in New Brunswick at 4 PM.

Following the lecture, which includes a Q&A session, ELC will host a reception and awards ceremony across the street from the Bloustein School at the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick. The reception, which runs from 6 to 8 PM, will feature a variety of food and wine.

Tickets for the event are available for purchase here.

Two awards are presented at the reception: the Morheuser Humanitarian Award and the Education Justice Award.

The Morheuser Humanitarian Award honors dedication to the advancement of the educational rights of students in New Jersey’s public schools and is presented in memory of the late Marilyn Morheuser, ELC’s long-time Executive Director and advocate for education justice. This year, ELC will honor the Dodge Foundation for its outstanding advocacy on behalf of NJ public school children. The award to the Dodge Foundation will be accepted by President and CEO Chris Daggett.

The Education Justice Award honors outstanding service and commitment to advancing equal educational opportunity for public school children across the U.S. This year, ELC will honor two foundations for their work in support of public education. The award to the Ford Foundation will be accepted by Vice President Hilary Pennington, and the award to the Schott Foundation will be accepted by President and CEO John Jackson.

Previous winners of the Education Justice Award include Lily Eskelsen Garcia, President of the National Education Association; Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund; Dr. Pedro Noguer; Wade Henderson, President of the Leadership Conference for Human and Civil Rights; Diane Ravitch, noted educator and New York University Professor; Benjamin Todd Jealous, former President and Chief Executive Officer of the NAACP; and Kurt Landgraf of the Educational Testing Service.

For more information about the event, please contact Nicole Ciullo, Fundraising & Event Coordinator, at 973-624-1815, Ext. 12, or