‘Spirit of Somerset’

A recent donation to Matheny from The Friends of Matheny provided a brand new supply of augmentative communication switches, which are used by younger, non-verbal students such as six-year-old Jack Harter, shown here hitting a switch in response to a question from speech-language pathologist Christine Mayercik.

Matheny and The Friends of Matheny will be honored as two of 18 organizations receiving “Spirit of Somerset” Awards at a dinner and ceremony being held at the Grounds for Sculpture RATS Restaurant in Hamilton, NJ., tonight  [June 13].

The Rev. John Graf, co-chairman, in an interview in the Courier News, described the Spirit of Somerset Awards as “the perfect way for the Somerset County community to join together to celebrate the many accomplishments of these dedicated volunteers and business leaders.” Among the other honorees are Suplee, Clooney & Co., CPA, Westfield, NJ (business); Josh Pauls, member of the USA Paralympic sled ice hockey team (athletics/recreation); and Patricia Flannery, former mayor of Bridgewater, NJ (government).

Proceeds from the event will help support the Somerset Treatment Services’ Strengthening Families and Pathways to Parenting program for women and children. The event is held in partnership with the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Both Matheny and The Friends, our auxiliary group, are receiving awards for education.