By Joshua Burd
The United Way of Northern New Jersey has announced eight finalists for its upcoming commercial real estate awards program, part of an event that serves as its largest annual fundraiser and draws hundreds of top industry professionals.
Slated for June 2 at The Meadow Wood in Randolph, the organization’s Commercial Real Estate Network Legacy Event will name winners in two asset classes, highlighting projects and transactions that had the most positive impact in the region over the past year. The finalists include:
- AT&T in Bedminster – 1405 and 1425 Route 206 in Bedminster
- Avis Budget Group and Gilead Sciences at Latitude – 369-399 Interpace Parkway in Parsippany
- Fiserv Innovation Center at the Park – 100 Connell Drive in Berkeley Heights
- Lord Abbett – 30 Hudson St. in Jersey City
- PTC Therapeutics – 400 and 500 Warren Corporate Center Drive in Warren
- 100 Frontage Road – 100 Frontage Road in Newark
- Monroe 8A Logistics Center – 904 Cranbury South River Road in Monroe
- Samsung at Linden Logistics Center – 700 Linden Logistics Way in Linden
Finalists are chosen by the United Way Commercial Real Estate Network, a group of industry executives who partner with United Way for the annual program. The event is among the industry’s most popular in New Jersey, drawing upwards of 500 attendees in past years and helping raise more than $4 million for United Way since 2000.
This year’s program will also include keynote speaker Ying McGuire, CEO and president of the National Minority Supplier Development Council. The organization noted that, as the nation’s largest nonprofit advocacy organization for minority business enterprises, NMSDC has helped such businesses achieve nearly $400 billion in economic output.
Additionally, the luncheon will recognize CREW NJ, long known as Commercial Real Estate Women of New Jersey, with the United Way Spirit of Philanthropy Award, according to a news release. The distinction honors an individual or group from the commercial real estate industry whose actions reflect the values of United Way, the organization said, noting that CREW NJ has raised funds for hundreds of charities throughout its 40-year history while working to address food insecurity, financial instability and domestic violence.
The gold sponsors of this year’s Commercial Real Estate Network Legacy Event are Alston Construction, Turner Construction Co. and Vision Real Estate Partners. Along with recognizing the industry’s outstanding achievements, the event also raises funds for United Way’s work across the region to improve life for ALICE, a term referring to those who are asset-limited, income-constrained and employed, and households in poverty.