This May, Seigha and Shenee Omuso won the  Russ Berrie: 2022 Making a Difference Award. Of 320 nominations in the state of New Jersey, Seigha and Shenee were amongst 10 groups or individuals where selected in this class. Thank you to those who sent in a nomination!

More about the Russ Berrie Award

Since 1997, the Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award has honored New Jersey residents whose outstanding acts of service and heroism have made a substantial impact on the lives of others. This year, awards totaling $165,500 will be presented, bringing the total amount awarded since 1997 to $3.9 million given to 408 Honorees, each of whom has an inspiring story to tell about how they made a difference.

“Our communities need more heroes – good-hearted people with an innate kindness – who give all of who they are to tackle problems others hesitate to attempt,” said Angelica Berrie, President of the Russ Berrie Foundation. “From activists fighting injustice and systemic inequities, to neighbors helping neighbors struggling with basic needs, the remarkable individuals we honor this year have taken action to be the change we need to see in this world.”

Ramapo College of New Jersey manages the award program and hosts the annual ceremony on behalf
of the Russell Berrie Foundation.