Campbell Soup Foundation Honors Community Heroes at Awards Breakfast

Foundation Recognizes Camden Leaders for Contributions to City

CAMDEN, N.J., Jan 19, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — The Campbell Soup Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Campbell Soup Company(NYSE:CPB), today recognized five community leaders for their contributions to the city at a breakfast held at the company’s world headquarters. More than 120 local non-profit leaders attended the breakfast.

The Campbell Soup Foundation Community Awards pay tribute to individuals who have made significant contributions to improving the lives of Camden residents. The recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award received a framed certificate and a $5,000 grant for the organization; the recipient of the Hometown Hero Award received a framed certificate and $1,000; recipients of the Unsung Hero Awards received a framed certificate and $150. This year’s award recipients included:

  • Milford Liss, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Camden County, received the Lifetime Achievement Award. After more than 20 years with the Boys & Girls Club of New York, Liss turned his attention to Camden in 2000. He was instrumental in building the 33,000-square-foot clubhouse and opening a second clubhouse in 2007. Liss has guided the board and staff of more than 60 to create one of the largest youth services agencies in Camden, serving approximately 4,000 children in two locations. He has dedicated his life to helping those children who are most in need, and his efforts have transformed the lives of thousands of young people.

  • Noreen Scott Garrity, Deputy Director/Curator of Education and Community Arts at Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts, received the Hometown Hero Award. Garrity has been an employee of Rutgers-Camden for more than 20 years. She has worked to develop and implement its Art Across the Curriculum museum education program and Art Soup!, a summer visual and performing arts initiative, among many others. She has been instrumental in the creation of community-based art installations that are beautifying such locations as the Rand Transportation Center, Ben Franklin Bridge walkway, Victory Temple garden and Dudley Grange Park. She has worked tirelessly to bring art programs to the Camden community.

Campbell also recognized three people with Unsung Hero Awards:

  • Dominic D’Orazio, a volunteer at MANNA, an organization that prepares and delivers meals and counsel to people and families living with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses. Each month, MANNA brings more than 70,000 freshly prepared meals to the homes of its clients in Philadelphia and South Jersey. D’Orazio has been a dedicated MANNA volunteer for more than 18 years, and can be found preparing meals at MANNA two mornings each week without fail. More than 1,500 MANNA volunteers like D’Orazio ensure that people living with life-threatening illnesses receive nutritious meals 7 days a week.

  • Derek Felton, Community Organizing Coordinator, Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger. Felton has served the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger, serving both Philadelphia and South Jersey, since 2004 as both an educator and a community builder. He also has run his own food pantry, Fresh Start, in West Philadelphia for more than 17 years. Felton shares his knowledge with others and conducts training on a range of topics, including health, nutrition and planning to help equip other coordinators with the knowledge they need to help the growing number of people who turn to food pantries for assistance each day.

  • Jen Hammill, Program Director, Center for Family Services. Hammill has been with the Center for Family Services for almost seven years working behind the scenes, and her efforts are directly responsible for helping families in need. Whether it’s making sure a 13-year old has a backpack and clothes for school or helping coordinate holiday gifts for families, Hammill goes the extra mile to make a difference in people’s lives.

“I am always thrilled to recognize the important work by members of the Camden community, who strive to improve the quality of life in this city everyday,” said Jerry S. Buckley, Chairman of the Campbell Soup Foundation. “Everyone who attended the Campbell Soup Foundation Community Awards Breakfast is dedicated to making Camden a better place to live and to work, and we at Campbell are proud that we can contribute to the meaningful work underway by so many dedicated people.”

Through its “Nourishing” corporate social responsibility program, Campbell has been widely recognized for making a positive impact in the workplace, in the marketplace and in the communities in which it operates. The company has been added to the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, named to the 100 Best Corporate Citizens List by Corporate Responsibility magazine, ranked second in 2008 and 2009 for Best Corporate Reputation by Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, Reputation Institute, named to the list of 2010 World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere magazine and named a Catalyst Award Winner in 2010. Campbell Corporate Social Responsibility report can be accessed in its entirety at

About Campbell Soup Company

Campbell Soup Company is a global manufacturer and marketer of high-quality foods and simple meals, including soup and sauces, baked snacks and healthy beverages. Founded in 1869, the company has a portfolio of market-leading brands, including “Campbell’s,” “Pepperidge Farm,” “Arnott’s” and “V8.” Through its corporate social responsibility program, the company strives to make a positive impact in the workplace, in the marketplace and in the communities in which it operates. Campbell is a member of the Standard & Poor’s 500 and the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. For more information, visit

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