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Linda Walder Fiddle Wins Russ Berrie Making A Difference Award

Written On: Wed, 20 May 2009

New Jersey's unsung heroes distinguished as finalists for Russ Berrie Award for Making a Difference
Residents to be honored for giving back to their communities
Ceremonies to present the 2009 Russ Berrie Award for Making a Difference and honor Garden State residents for their unselfish dedication to serving others will take place Wednesday, May 20 at Ramapo College of New Jersey.

The top three finalists, chosen by a selection committee comprising eminent New Jersey business leaders and professionals, will receive cash awards of $50,000, $35,000 and $25,000 from the Russell Berrie Foundation. Other finalists will receive grants of $2,500.

The awards were created in 1997 by the late Russell Berrie to recognize the unsung heroes who work for the benefit of others.

This year's finalists include Imma Ugomma Ayanwu of Maplewood; Marguerite Baber of Bayonne; Terry Carroll of Upper Saddle River; Linda Walder Fiddle of Ridgewood; Jim Gilligan of West Milford; Jane Hanson of Montclair; Mary Hirschman of Ridgefield Park; Veronice Horne of Newark; Yusef Ismail of Newark; Daniela Mendelsohn of Englewood; Eugene McVeigh of Lodi; Angelica Mercado of North Bergen; Bea Napier of Washington Township; Mackenzie Olson of Mantua; Sharon Lee Parker of Hackensack; Loryn Riggiola of Paterson; Barry Rochester of Paterson; Kevin J. Williams of Maywood; and Baye Wilson of Montclair.

To view more about this year’s finalists, visit