Russ Berrie and Patricia W. Chisholm, foster mother, at
the 1998 Making a
Russ Berrie believed strongly in the value of community. As a proud resident of New Jersey, he wanted to give back to the community through strengthening local institutions and recognizing the State’s extraordinary citizens. The Russell Berrie Foundation seeks continue Russ’ mission. On an annual basis it provides significant support to New Jersey’s art, cultural and health care institutions and celebrates everyday people who make a significant difference in the lives of others.