From left¸Gene Jannotti, Congressman Don Payne Jr. and Paul Aronsohn.

Inroads to Opportunities, a Union County-based human services agency that provides programs and services to individuals with disabilities, hosted a Casino Night and Awards Presentation Ceremony Oct. 7 at Elks Lodge in Union to celebrate National Disabilities Employment Month.

The night was filled with pride, recognition and awards to those who have made a difference in the lives of people with disabilities, including for this trio, from left: Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Gene Jannotti, who received the Champion of Change Award; U.S. Rep. Donald Payne Jr., D-10th District, and New Jersey State Ombudsman Paul Aronsohn, who both received the Making Inroads Award.

“Inroads to Opportunity is a great organization in the role that they play in supporting individuals with disabilities in Union County.  I am very appreciative of this recognition,” Janotti said.

For 74 years, the GWACC Chamber of Commerce has been connecting commerce and community. The GWACC promotes the economic prosperity of businesses primarily in Fanwood, Garwood, Mountainside, Scotch Plains and Westfield. It is the largest association of businesses and nonprofits in our area. Members include business owners, professionals, managers and operators. Membership cultivates the opportunity to build relationships, partner, make referrals, increase business, attend lunch and learns, and support the community. 

For more information about the GWACC, visit You can also call the office at 908-233-3021 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. For any additional information regarding the GWACC Foundation, please contact the Chamber Office, located at 212 Lenox Avenue, Westfield.