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This year marks the North Jersey Community Research Initiative (NJCRI) 30th year anniversary, a milestone in our storied history! Our gala event which took place October 25, 2018 will surely be one for the books. The outpouring of support from our partner organizations, donors, vendors, business associates, community leaders and dignitaries was truly heartfelt. The love and unity in the room was contagious! The inspiring words shared by our honorees and amazing performance by Melba Moore were true highlights.   NJCRI continues to be a voice for those that are silenced by stigma, fear, and discrimination, and this wouldn't be possible without your support. 260 guests attended and due to your generosity NJCRI was able to raise over $38,000! We service community members no matter their ability to pay. These funds will help cover uninsured cost, provide more nutrition and medication adherence education to our clients, and maintain quality medical care for those who need it most in our community.

Special thank you to our host reporter, and host of  WPIX 11 “Celebrity Taste Makers”, Lisa Mateo, our musical guest Joshua Nelson, and the impeccable Melba Moore, and many partner organizations Rutgers Medical School, University Hospital, Newark PRIDE, UrbanOut, Artfront Galleries,  and our amazing Sponsors Hackensack Meridian Health, Janssen, Gilead, University Hospital Newark, Magone & Company, P.C., PFSP, and R&S Pharmaceutical.

Click here to see photos from the Gala evening!

Photo credits: Tim Dingman 


Congratulations again to our Honoree Award recipients for our 30th Anniversary Gala! It is through their efforts towards medical advancements, legislative change and tireless advocacy, that each of these individuals has motivated agencies like NJCRI to not only think outside of the box, but to thrive. 


Their dedication, fortitude and social consciousness to support innovative treatments and services has helped to increase our efforts and that of countless others in the realization of improvements in the health, well-being and quality of life for all citizens in our communities and across our great State of New Jersey.  It is with great privilege that as we embark upon our 30th Anniversary, we ask that you join us in saluting our distinguished honorees.


Congratulations to:

  • NJ Lt. Governor Sheila Y. Oliver

  • NJ Senator Teresa Ruiz

  • U.S. Senator for NJ Cory A. Booker

  • Dr. Robert L. Johnson MD., FAAP, Dean of Rutgers NJ Medical School

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