On April 2nd, Drumthwacket, the official Residence of the Governor, was lit up in blue to recognize Autism Awareness Day.
The First Lady honored Crossroads Theatre Company, of New Brunswick, recognizing the contributions that the theatre has made to the New Jersey community.
First Lady Mary Pat Christie named her 26th hero, Jodina Hicks, Executive Director of UrbanPromise. UrbanPromise started in 1988 as a summer camp for at-risk youth in Camden. In 25 years, they have expanded to now include an after school program for over 400 children throughout Camden, 2 schools (K-8 and High school), job training, experimental learning, and a host of other programs that challenge the youth to develop and realize their potential.
The First Lady named her first hero of 2014, Diane Taylor of Pass It Along. Diane was inspired to start Pass It Along in 2001 after a group of neighborhood teenagers asked her to help them collect food for a local food pantry. She realized there were a number of young people in her immediate community who had excellent ideas for community service activities and volunteerism, but just needed some adult guidance and the appropriate tools to get the ball rolling.