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The Russell Berrie Foundation carries on the values and passions of the late Russell Berrie, through promoting the continuity of the Jewish people, fostering religious understanding and pluralism, supporting advances in diabetes and humanistic medical care, celebrating unsung heroes and elevating the profession of sales. Read More>>

The Russell Berrie Foundation celebrated ten remarkable individuals and recognized their outstanding heroism and community service at the 19th Russ Berrie Award for Making A Difference

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On May 4, 2015, ten New Jersey residents were recognized as unsung heroes at the nineteen annual Russ Berrie Awards for Making A Difference. The ceremony, held on the campus of Ramapo College, highlighted the positive impact of the awardees on the lives of Garden State residents. Over 241 guests attended the ceremony including past awardees, government officials and community and business leaders, the President of Ramapo College and Trustees and staff of the Russell Berrie Foundation. Nominations for awards are made by members of the community and winners are selected by a Committee of community leaders. The top honoree received a cash prize of $50,000; the second place honoree received $35,000 and the third place honoree received $25,000. Seven awards with a $5,000 cash prize each were also announced.

Gary Oppenheimer, founder and executive director of Inc., an organization that aims to reduce hunger and malnutrition in America, served as the keynote speaker.  Gary established to encourage home gardeners to share their excess harvest with the needy in their respective communities. Gary was also a past recipient of the Russ Berrie Award for Making A Difference. He spoke eloquently about what motivated him to create, and the impact that came about as a result of his passion and commitment to not waste food and reduce hunger and malnutrition in America. Many years later, has becomed an organization with national reach and is helping connect local home gardeners with excess produce to more than 7,000 food pantries nationwide. Gary's work to make an impact on behalf of the hungry has earned him numerous accolades and awards. His speech which centered on his personal journey and lessons learned, was an inspiration to all the other passionate unsung heroes in attendance. To read more bout the 2015 awards event please follow this link: ten-individuals-honored-at-2015-russ-berrie-award-for-making-a-difference-ceremony-at-ramapo-college

To learn more about the awards and how to nominate an unsung heroe please see Angelica_Berrie_PSA_Year_Round and follow this link Ramapo College of New Jersey || Russ Berrie Award for Making a Difference.

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The Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Insitute creates Nano-Sized replicas of the Declarations of Independence of the United States and the State of Israel to be presented to President Obama

President Obama and Declaration of Independence Scientists at the Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute (RBNI), created a side-by-side gold coated nano-chip replica ofthe Declarations of Independence of the United States and Israel to be presented to President Obama during his recent visit to Israel. The chip was affixed to a stone dating to the Second Temple Period. The gift symbolizes the shared values between both nations and celebrates Israel's evolution from its past to today's high tech nation. RBNI scientists utilized a high tech ion beam generator which produced the inscriptions on a gold-coated silicon chip with an area smaller than a pinhead. To watch a video about the making of the nano-sized U.S. and Israeli Declarations click here.

The Russ Berrie Institute for Professional Sales at the William Paterson University Cotsakos College of Business celebrates its 10 year anniversary

After 10 years since its inception the academic program in Professional Sales that was dreamed of by its Founder Russell Berrie, its giving testimony of his foresighted vision. Today the program attracts both students and companies at the local and national level and is instrumental in launching the careers of numerous alumni.

To ead more about the program's impact and sucess over its 10 year history follow this link:WPMag_Spring4_9_14 - RBI article 10th year anniversary

The Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia University presented the 2012 Naomi Berrie Award at the 14th Annual Frontiers in Diabetes Research Conference

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From left to right are Rudolph Leibel MD (co-director of Berrie Center and the Christopher J. Murphy Memorial Professor of Diabetes Research), Robin Goland MD (co-director of the Berrier Center and the J. Merrill Eastman Professor of Clinical Diabetes), the Award recipients -- Diane Mathis PhD and Hongxia Ren PhD, and Domenico Accili MD (the Russell Berrie Foundation Professor of Diabetes).

On November 17, 2012, the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center presented the 2012 Naomi Berrie Award to Christophe Benosit, MD, PhD and Diane Mathis, PhD both of Harvard Medical School, for their contributions to expanding understanding of the disease mechanisms underlying type 1 diabetes. Dr. Benoist and Dr. Mathis have pioneered the sudy of the interaction between the immune system and metabolism by identifying a microbe wich can block the developement of diabetes in a mouse model.

Dr. Hongxia Ren, PhD, an associate research scientist in the laboratory of Domenico Accili, MD in the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center, received the Junior scientist award for her discovery that gene Gpr17 acts as a nutrient sensor and apetite regulator. Dr. Rene's reseach is further exploring the role of liver and central nervous system interactions in the pathogenesis of diabetes and obesity.

Established by the Russell Berrie Foundation in 2000, the Naomi Berrie Award for Outstaning Achievements in Diabetes Research promotes and rewards outstanding achievement in the field, while supporting the careers of young and promising diabetes investigators. Learn More about the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center >>>