NEWARK, N.J., Feb. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- As one of New Jersey's largest cities, Newark is home to people from different economic backgrounds, races and cultures. But what would it look like as just 100 people? PSEG partnered with The 100 People Foundation to create a special photography and video interview project that captures the diversity of Newark.
The 100 people featured in the project are all residents of the city of Newark, and together they proportionally represent the city by age, gender, ethnic background and ward of residence. People like Ramonita Rivera, matriarch and ambassador of the Puerto Rican Day Parade; Pedro Irizarry, a Newark ambassador with the Newark Downtown District; Kevin Blyth Sampson, a community-based artist; Yolanda Stokes, a community engagement organizer; and Eric Boston, a PSEG substation supervisor, were nominated by their neighbors and peers for outstanding contributions to the community.
PSEG Chairman Ralph Izzo formally presented Newark Mayor Ras Baraka with the gift to the city during an event held on Jan. 31 at the newly remodeled Hahne & Co. building in downtown Newark. The portraits of the 100 People will hang in the lobby of the building for the next several months and is open to the public.
"The story of Newark is a story of its people – interlaced by a shared vision of hope," said Mayor Ras J. Baraka. "Ours is an American story of rich cultural heritages and citizens with exceptional gifts and skills. These photographs capture this spirit, and we welcome this showcase of the beautiful people of our great City."
"You can't view the 100 pictures and read the stories behind them without being struck by the breadth and depth of talent here in the city. The pride in Newark and the great hope for the future shines through all of them," said Ralph Izzo, chairman of PSEG. "PSEG has been part of this community for nearly 114 years and we are proud to bestow this gift of the 100 People Project to Newark as a celebration of the rich diversity of its citizens."
The complete project also can be viewed by visiting 100people.org/Newark.
The PSEG Foundation (501c3) is the philanthropic arm of Public Service Enterprise Group (NYSE: PEG). The Foundation invests in programs that align with our giving focus areas: Sustainable Neighborhoods, STEM Education, Safety and Preparedness and PSEG Employee Engagement/Volunteerism. The PSEG family of companies also provides funding to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve. Through our corporate giving, we support dinners and other events across our service and operating territories, as well as sponsorships for sports, arts and entertainment. PSEG (NYSE: PEG) is a diversified energy company based in Newark, New Jersey. PSEG has three main subsidiaries: PSE&G, New Jersey's largest and oldest combined gas and electric delivery company; PSEG Power, a merchant power generation company; and PSEG Long Island, operator of the Long Island Power Authority's transmission and distribution system.
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SOURCE PSEG Foundation