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Annual NCCJ Western Massachusetts Human Relations Award Banquet Approaches

By Jason Papallo, NCCJ E-Communications and Marketing Specialist

(Springfield, MA) – NCCJ (The National Conference for Community and Justice), a nonprofit working to promote inclusion and acceptance as it advances social justice efforts to build communities that are respectful and just for all, will present its 2016 Annual Human Relations Awards on Thursday, June 9, 2016.

Held at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA, the open-bar reception will begin at 6:00 p.m. with banquet co-chairs Helen Caulton-Harris, commissioner of the Division of Health and Human Services for the City of Springfield, and Frank Colaccino, president & CEO of The Colvest Group, Ltd. Awards will be presented at 7:00 p.m.

“We are extremely proud of the dedication and civic engagement shown by this year’s honorees in promoting understanding and respect among all people. Each award recipient has shown tremendous leadership in our community and has worked tirelessly to help promote an inclusive society for all,” said NCCJ president and CEO Dr. Andrea C. Kandel.

This year’s honorees include Erica A. Broman, vice president of Institutional Development at Holyoke Community College, Heriberto Flores, chairman of Partners for Community, Marjorie and Frederick Hurst, Attorneys at Hurst and Hurst, P.C. and co-founders of An African-American Point of View, Steven M. Mitus, executive vice president of Balise Automotive Group, and Evan C. Plotkin, president of NAI Plotkin.

The NCCJ presents the awards to those distinguished by conducting themselves with open-mindedness and respect, showing leadership by example, and diligence in their fight for human rights and equality. These individuals and companies have been active in humanitarian concerns such as combating prejudice, discrimination and bigotry in the community and workplace. They have demonstrated their commitment to fostering social justice and cooperation among all races, religions, cultures and abilities.

"I have deep admiration for the work that NCCJ does in western Massachusetts and northern Connecticut. Their unwavering commitment to bring greater social justice to the residents of this region aligns closely with my own beliefs. I have watched how impactful NCCJ's initiatives such as NCCJ ANYTOWN, have transformed lives,” said Broman. “I believe strongly in issues of social justice and am humbled to be recognized at their June dinner as they seek more resources and awareness for their incredibly important work."

NCCJ Human Relations Youth Awards will also be given out to three high school students for their work in promoting a positive and inclusive environment in their schools and communities. The 2016 youth honorees include Seth Barrett of Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Academy, and Tatieana Lopez and Tiffany Adon of Springfield Central High School.

Potential banquet attendees can contact Donna Frezza for reservations and more information at 860-683-1039 or


About the National Conference for Community and Justice

            Formed 1927, NCCJ is a nonprofit human relations organization that promotes inclusion and acceptance by providing education and advocacy while building communities that are respectful and just for all. Celebrating the diversity of races, religions, cultures, genders, abilities, and sexual orientations.

The opinions and information expressed through News Views posts are solely those of the individual authors and not representative of NCCJ’s overall stance on related issues unless specified. Any information presented as fact could entail inaccuracies or be incomplete. We encourage open discussion through our blog, and welcome respectful responses from everyone.

For more information on NCCJ’s variety of social justice educational programs, click here

Wed, 22 September 2021