SAYREVILLE, NJ –The March of Dimes was pleased to honor New Jersey Senator Jennifer Beck, New Jersey Assemblyman Herb Conaway and Elizabeth A. Ryan, CEO & President, New Jersey Hospital Association, Inc. at its Celebration of New Beginnings breakfast. They were presented with the “FDR Visionary Award” for their outstanding leadership and support of the mission of the March of Dimes - to prevent premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality.

The Honorable Jennifer Beck (R-11)

Senator, New Jersey State Legislature

For her leadership and dedication to the people of New Jersey through her service on the Red Bank Council, the New Jersey General Assembly and the New Jersey State Senate. The March of Dimes publicly recognized Senator Beck for her advocacy in legislature where she has sponsored critical legislation benefitting women, babies and children.

The Honorable Herb Conaway, M.D. (D-7)

Assemblyman, New Jersey State Legislature and Chair, Assembly Health Committee

For his leadership and dedication to the people of the State of New Jersey. The March of Dimes publicly recognized Assemblyman Conaway for his many legislative efforts as Chairman of the Assembly Health Committee that have benefitted women, babies and children.

Betsy Ryan

President  & CEO

New Jersey Hospital Association

For her demonstrated leadership in one of our State’s most important sectors - healthcare - where she continues to help make New Jersey a national leader in the industry. She utilizes her knowledge of government and her expertise in healthcare delivery and policy to advocate in the best interest of the hospital industry which she represents.

“We are honored to present Jennifer Beck, Herb Conaway and Elizabeth Ryan with the FDR Visionary Award. The March of Dimes would not survive without the support and leadership of such individuals who are working together for strong, healthier babies,” said Addy Bonet, State Director of the New Jersey Chapter of the March of Dimes.

The Keynote Speaker for the event was Dr. Christopher J. Malloy, PhD, RPh, Senior Vice President, Research and Economic Development, Rutgers, New Jersey State University.  Michellene Davis, Esq, Senior Vice President for Policy Development and Governmental Affairs, Barnabas Health, Livingston, and Chairperson of the Celebration of New Beginnings Planning Committee, emceed the event.  Sabrina Abramson of Woodcliff Lakes and the Family Teams Committee Chair for the Bergen County March for Babies walk, shared her personal story about her premature daughter.

The March of Dimes Celebration of New Beginnings is a testimonial event that was launched in 1999 to expand awareness of the progress and promise of cutting-edge research in the areas of maternal and infant health. Over the past 13 years, the event has honored distinguished community and corporate leaders that support the March of Dimes’ efforts to save babies.

This year’s event, which was attended by over 100 people, was held at the Pines Manor in Edison, New Jersey on December 13, 2013. The event was sponsored by Pfizer, Inc., Barnabas Health Systems, Children’s Specialized Hospital & Robert Wood Johnson, Jersey City Medical Center, New Jersey Hospital Association, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, Inc., and Virtua.