National Kids Construction Club Hosts Sixth Annual Gala

Wed March 22, 2006 - Northeast Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

The National Kids Construction Club (NKCC) announced that it paid tribute to five honorees at its sixth annual benefit party to held at the North Maple Inn in Basking Ridge, NJ, on Saturday, March 4, 2006.

This year’s award-winners are Carl Goldberg, co-founder of Roseland Property Company in Short Hills; Todd and Scott Van Cleef, president and vice president of Country Classics in Hillsborough; Jack Povoa, Financial Planner of Northeast Advanced Planning based in Toms River; Don Erickson, Founder of the Easy Diggin’ Chapter, New Jersey for the Historical Construction Equipment Association; and Robert Corcoran CEO of Somerset Valley Bank in Somerville, NJ.

“Each year we recognize business owners, corporations, and educators who help us either financially or through their passion and ability to foster in children a desire to keep America’s building legacy alive,” said Mike Brusky, NKCC president and sales representative of Masco Contractor Services/Gabriel-Spry in Rockaway and Jackson.

“Our benefit party is always lively with lots of fun people and for only $75 per ticket, it includes a one-hour open bar with cocktail reception, buffet-style gourmet dinner, entertaining DJ music and dancing, a professionally prepared awards ceremony, and more than 120 silent auction items valued at over $40,000.

“In addition, guests can stay at the beautiful North Maple Inn, which has an in-door pool and two restaurants and for only $114 enjoy a deluxe room with breakfast.”

The first of the five honorees is real estate developer Carl Goldberg, co-founder of Roseland Property Company who will be honored with the “NKCC Philanthropic Award” for his generous contributions to the NKCC over the last five years.

In addition to his involvement with the club, Goldberg is chairman of the board of commissioners of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority and serves on the board of Deborah Hospital.

Brothers Todd Van Cleef, president and Scott Van Cleef, vice president of Country Classics based in Hillsborough will be presented with the “NKCC Outstanding Builder Award.”

The brothers are members of the prestigious NAHB Builder 20 Club. Scott is active with the Community Builders Association and is a past CBA director and past chairman of the CBA Legal Action Committee.

“Scott and Todd are always there for us, assisting with their contributions and we never have to ask twice; they are consistent donors,” said Brusky.

The “NKCC Outstanding Volunteer Award” is being presented to Jack Povoa who is a financial planner and owner of Northeast Advanced Planning and vice president of a residential real estate developer of Apple Construction in Toms River, and an NKCC Trustee for the last four years. Povoa is a former member of the New Jersey Shore Builders Association and currently with Central Jersey Builders Association.

“Jack Povoa is being presented with this award for his incredible enthusiasm and demonstrated commitment to the club as NKCC Trustee since 2002,” explained Linda Wetzel of JCP&L, NKCC past president, and past chair of the Atlantic Builder Convention.

“Jack exemplifies integrity and has the passion and commitment to grow the club; he really cares about kids and helping them learn about why it is okay to aspire to be in construction.”

The “NKCC Outstanding Business Award” is being presented to Robert Corcoran, CEO and vice chairman of Somerset Valley Bank based in Somerville.

“Over the last five years Mr. Corcoran has donated to the club with unwavering support,” said Victor Amoruso, NKCC trustee and vice president of Business Development of Interchange Bank in Saddle Brook.

The “NKCC Outstanding Educator Award” is being presented to Don Erickson, who in 1991 formed the Historical Construction Equipment Association’s Easy Diggin’ Chapter of New Jersey based in Hibernia.

“Don is one incredibly kind and generous man; as the founder of his organization, he works tirelessly to help kids and adults learn about the historical importance of our country’s construction equipment, which has helped to build the roads, bridges and homes throughout America and beyond,” explained Joan Buchanan, NKCC

For more information, call 908/604-5995.

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