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Kidsbridge Center, a nonprofit that provides hands-on programs for children and educators to prevent bullying and bias and to promote diversity, respect, empathy and empowerment, will hold its 15th annual Humanitarian Awards Celebration on Oct. 19 at the Stone Terrace in Hamilton.

Thanks to generous donor support, this annual fundraiser helps make it possible for 2,000 students, teachers and school counselors to participate in “Upstander Experiences” at the Kidsbridge Tolerance Center in Ewing that focus on character education, social skills, bullying prevention techniques and more. Kidsbridge also provides virtual and mobile outreach programs that come directly to classrooms.

Businesses and individuals can support Kidsbridge’s mission and programming by purchasing tickets or sponsorships packages for the Humanitarian Awards Celebration. To donate an item or gift certificate for the silent auction that will be part of the festivities, go here.

Kidsbridge Center will be presenting three humanitarian awards at the event to the following honorees:

  • Joan Bartl, president of Payment Management and co-director of Banking on New Jersey
  • Nicole Dickens-Simon, Ph.D., principal of Greenwood Elementary School, Hamilton
  • The Siekerka family – Niel, Michele, Caitlin and Brian – for its longstanding support.

For more information about Kidsbridge educational programming, as well as tickets and sponsorship opportunities for the Humanitarian Awards Celebration, go to the organization’s website at