Former Maplewood Mayor Set to Be Honored by Essex County

Former Mayor Frank McGehee will be honored at a fundraiser luncheon in May by a New Jersey foundation that supports institutions that deal with poverty, domestic abuse, mental health, and other issues. Since March 2020, this will be their first in-person event.

The Roger Manshel Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to Frank McGehee, and Valley National Bank will receive the Champion of the People Award.

Individuals who go above and above in their support of Family Connections and their community are recognized with the Roger Manshel Lifetime Achievement Award.

McGehee is a member of the Maplewood Township Committee and has previously held the positions of mayor and deputy mayor.

“Through his work with Maplewood and personally, Frank has always been an outstanding supporter of Family Connections,” the organization stated. “The McGehee family is so committed to the organization that his wife Marie is a member of the Board of Trustees. It is a privilege for the organization to be able to present Frank with this award.”

The A Toast to Optimism event, hosted by Family Connections, will be a celebration of hope and promise. They claim the presentation will “highlight a handful of many bright lights the organization experienced over the previous two years” in addition to the awardees.

The event will take place in West Orange, New Jersey.

The event’s proceeds will help Family Connections reach its goal of supporting 4,000 individuals and families in northern New Jersey.

Family Connections, situated in East Orange, assists in the funding of programs across the state aimed at preventing different social issues as well as providing assistance and counseling for those who have experienced trauma, mental illness, addiction, domestic violence, or child abuse.

“Family Connections has been present since 1879 to ensure that no one encounters these issues alone,” the organization claims. “Every year, thousands of people in Northern New Jersey benefit from our highly trained personnel and cutting-edge programs.”

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