NJ community celebrates honorees at annual Arts & Eats for Justice gala


Newark, NJ - Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ), a nonprofit law firm helping under-served individuals and families across New Jersey, is pleased to announce their honorees for the 2018 Arts and Eats for Justice gala. VLJ will honor Panasonic Corporation of North America, the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New Jersey, and Hobby’s Delicatessen & Restaurant, in memory of Samuel Brummer and in honor of Rona, Marc, and Michael Brummer.

Arts and Eats for Justice is VLJ’s annual gala. This year, the event will take place on November 14th at the Valley Regency in Clifton. Arts and Eats for Justice is a celebration of how VLJ staff, volunteers, funders, and community partners work together to transform the lives of low-income and vulnerable clients in New Jersey. Honorees are selected for their commitment to VLJ’s mission.

The lawyers of Panasonic Corporation of North America (Panasonic) have focused their volunteer efforts on assisting US veterans and service members who have done so much to serve our nation. Panasonic has been an inspirational leader, co-founding VLJ’s Veterans Legal Wellness Clinic in 2017, and serving as dedicated pro bono volunteers and strong financial partners of VLJ. Through the provision of vital legal services, Panasonic is changing the lives of low-income veterans in New Jersey.

The Jewish Women’s Foundation of New Jersey (JWF) provided the seed grant for VLJ’s human trafficking work. With JWF’s vision and investment, not only has VLJ been able to change human trafficking survivors’ lives, but VLJ has positioned itself as the statewide legal services leader on trafficking matters. As an organization committed to transforming the lives of women and girls through individual philanthropy and collective grant making, JWF and its members have served as true agents of change in our community.

Hobby’s Delicatessen & Restaurant and the Brummer Family have been steadfast supporters of VLJ since 2004. They have participated in numerous campaigns to increase awareness of VLJ services and provide funding to VLJ over those 14 years, including their popular name a sandwich competition. Additionally, Hobby’s and the Brummer Family are strong supporters of the US military with their Operation Salami Drop program and are part of the bedrock of the Newark community.

Cathy Keenan, Executive Director of VLJ, says, “I am thrilled that we will be able to recognize these three entities. Each in their own way has been a strong partner to VLJ. Without their support—ranging from publicity, to volunteer hours, to monetary support—VLJ would not be able to serve the over 4,000 New Jerseyans we’re able to help every year. Thank you so much to Panasonic, JWF, and the Brummer Family. We’re looking forward to recognizing you in November.”

For more information about the gala and to learn how to support VLJ, please visit www.vljnj.org/artsandeats2018.


Cathy Keenan, Executive Director
Volunteer Lawyers for Justice
(973) 645-1951

Email: ckeenan@vljnj.org

Jaclyn Kramer, Development Director
Volunteer Lawyers for Justice
(973) 645-1951

Email: jkramer@vljnj.org