ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – On Saturday, June 4th, 2011 the Genevieve M. Hawley Memorial Foundation 10th anniversary awards luncheon will take place at 12:00 pm at Julia’s Restaurant located at 91 First Avenue, Atlantic Highlands. This annual event raises money for the foundation’s annual memorial scholarships and community service awards as well as the annual Bart J. Hawley Memorial Vocational Scholarship. Additionally, the foundation will be honoring this year’s award recipients at the luncheon. Tickets for this popular event are $30.00 person and there is no charge for children 10 years of age and under.
The foundation is happy to report that over the past 10 years over $40,000 in scholarships and community service awards have been given to Monmouth County area students, have provided summer camp scholarships for needy children, have assisted in the renovation of the Robert Wilson Community Center in Highlands, financially supported children reading programs, purchased police dog vests for the Highlands and Holmdel Police Departments, have financially supported a number of organizations throughout Monmouth County and the foundation supports the annual Holiday celebrations in both Atlantic Highlands and Highlands. The foundation has also provided equipment for Henry Hudson Regional School in Highlands. Because of successful fundraising events, such as this annual luncheon, the foundation has been able to extend their scholarship and community service awards programs to an increased number of schools throughout Monmouth County.
As part of the luncheon event, there will be a silent auction with close to 100 items up for the auction that have been donated by several businesses and individuals. During the this years’s luncheon several leading political leaders will be presenting the foundation with citations honoring the foundation for their 10 years of service. Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-Sixth Congressional District) will present the foundation with a certificate from the United States House of Representatives, Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) will be presenting a resolution from the United States Senate and State Senator Jennifer Beck will present the foundation with a Joint New Jersey State Senate and New Jersey General Assembly Resolution honoring the foundation’s 10th anniversary. In addition, Monmouth County Freeholders Lillian G. Burry and John Curley, have sponsored a resolution naming June 4th 2011 as “Genevieve M. Hawley Day” in Monmouth County.
The foundation was founded in memory of Genevieve M. Hawley, who was a political, civic and community activist for more than 40-years. She served for 27-years as a member of the Henry Hudson Regional Board of Education, was a member of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey School Boards Association, a member of the Board of Directors of the National School Boards Association, was a member of the National School Boards Association’s Legislative Committee and she was a member of their Federal Relations Network representing New Jersey’s Sixth Congressional District. She served many years as a member of the Atlantic Highlands Board of Education, past president of the Atlantic Highlands School P.T.O. and she was a past president of the Henry Hudson Regional Board of Education and a founding organizer of the school’s Booster Club. She is the first person serve on the Henry Hudson Board as an elected representative of both Atlantic Highlands and Highlands.
During the 1960’s, Mrs. Hawley was a founding member of the Atlantic Highlands Recreation Committee which won several state awards for the quality of the borough’s recreation program. In addition she served as a member of the of the Atlantic Highlands Zoning Board of Adjustment, a of the Atlantic Highlands Rent Leveling Board, a member of the Atlantic Highlands Planning Board, a founding member of the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society and a past president of the Atlantic Highlands Fire Department Ladies’ Auxiliary. She also served as a member of the Highlands Planning Board after relocating there from Atlantic Highlands.
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Mrs. Hawley was a Girl Scout leader for more than 40-years and she served on the Executive Committee of the Monmouth Council of Girl Scouts. She was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Jersey Shore Chapter of the American Red Cross and she served as a member of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey American Red Cross, where she raised funds and served as the chair of the organization’s Disaster Committee.
Mrs. Hawley passed away on May 5th, 2002 as the result of a tragic accident. In 2004, after her death, Mrs. Hawley and her family were honored by both the New Jersey State Senate and the New Jersey General Assembly for their service to their respective boards of education. In July of 2002 her husband, Bart J. Hawley was appointed to her vacant seat on the Henry Hudson Board. In April of 2003 he was elected to fill the remainder of his late wife’s term and he was re-elected to the board serve fill three-year terms in 2004 and 2007. A past board president, Mr. Hawley served as a board member until his death on September 27th, 2009. Her daughter, Saranne C. Weimer is currently serving in her 18th year as a member of the Atlantic Highlands Board of Education and has served as the board president for the past eight years. Her daughter, Regina Hawley-Keelen, is currently serving in her first term on the Atlantic Highlands Board of Education after being appointed to fill vacancy. Mrs. Hawley-Keelen previously served for six years as an Atlantic Highlands representative to the Henry Hudson Regional Board of Education and is a past president of the regional board. Another daughter, Freehold Borough Board of Education President Annette Jordan, is currently serving in her fifth term as a member of respective board and her son, Joseph Hawley, of Atlantic Highlands is a past member of both the Atlantic Highlands and Henry Henry Hudson Regional Boards of Education. Another son, Martin Hawley, like her late husband, is a former Atlantic Highlands fire chief and he has been the fire marshal for both Atlantic Highlands and Highlands for more than 20-years. Martin Hawley also serves as a member of the Atlantic Highlands Planning Board.
Mrs. Hawley retired in 1999 as the district director for Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr.