PamTen has been honored to be among the fifty finalists of New Jersey Monthly’s fourth annual Great Oak Awards, a program created to honor the state’s most generous companies.
New Jersey Monthly asked for nominations of NJ companies that are generous to the community, in terms of financial support, in-kind giving, volunteerism, and sharing expertise.
PamTen was nominated for dedicated and extensive work with Support Organization for Kids in Need (SOFKIN), founded by president and CEO, Chaya Pamula, which provides shelter, health care and education to homeless children in India. The entire Princeton office also volunteered for the United Way of Mercer County’s Strike Out for Hunger by packing healthy breakfasts for local children. Many employees dedicate time to mentoring young people and budding entrepreneurs. Management, including Chaya and co-founder, Prasad Tenjerla, strongly support employees participating in community and charitable endeavors.
“A passion and desire to help others is a part of every employee here at PamTen,” Ms. Pamula noted. “It is more than just a part of our mission; it is part of who we are. Our core business values are driven by the passion to improve the lives of destitute children of SOFKIN and other organizations. We are honored to be recognized.”
The nominated companies submitted data and commentary on their charitable contributions and volunteerism. An independent committee of judges (William H. Byrnes, Vice President, Grants, F.M. Kirby Foundation; Hans Dekker, President, Community Foundation of New Jersey; Dennis Miller, Managing Director for The Nonprofit Search Group; and Abby O’Neill, Principal, Abby O’Neill Consulting, LLC) selected the finalists and top ten winners.
“The companies that are finalists and winners range from small companies to some of the state’s largest,” says Tomlinson. “They are in diverse industries. And they support a myriad of charities and causes. Yet they all have one thing in common—a passion for helping to make life better here in the Garden State.”
Kate S. Tomlinson, Publisher and Editor in Chief of New Jersey Monthly, and Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College and Presenting Sponsor, announced the winners at a dinner on September 13, 2017, at the Park Chateau in East Brunswick, NJ.
The magazine will showcase the Great Oak Awards winners in the November issue. Information, winners, a full list of finalists, and photos can be found in the New Jersey Monthly Magazine.