SAGE Eldercare’s Marianne Kranz, Director of Volunteers, Meals on Wheels, and Home Support Services, was honored as one of 10 Union County residents named as a recipient of the 2017 Women of Excellence Awards.
The award, given by the Union County Commission on the Status of Women and sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, was presented at the 25th annual dinner held Friday, March 24, at the Galloping Hill Golf Course Clubhouse in Kenilworth.
Women who live or work in Union County are recognized annually for distinguishing themselves by making major contributions in one or more of the following categories: arts/humanities, business/entrepreneurial, community service/volunteerism, education, government, law, law enforcement, medicine/health care, and women’s advocacy. Kranz received the award for volunteerism. “Together, our 10 awardees demonstrate that women’s leadership and advocacy plays an essential role throughout the Union County community,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen.
Kranz, a Fanwood resident, has worked at SAGE since 1998, where she began as Manager, Meals on Wheels and Shopping Service. She oversees about 600 volunteers and the delivery of more than 45,000 meals each year to older adults in the community, many of whom are homebound and living alone. She has partnered with ARC of Union County, and worked with corporate sponsors to raise funds for the Meals on Wheels program. Kranz has also volunteered since 2004 and surpassed 800 volunteer hours for Caring Contact (formerly Contact/We Care), a crisis hotline and resource center based in Westfield. She is married to Tom Kranz, a councilman with the Borough of Fanwood.
“Marianne is dedicated to improving the lives of others, throughout her career and in her own volunteerism. We are thrilled to see Marianne recognized for her contributions to Union County (and beyond) and are proud to have her as an integral part of SAGE. It is a well-deserved award,” said Angela Sullivan, SAGE Executive Director.
About SAGE Eldercare
Since 1954, SAGE Eldercare has been helping make the communities it serves amazing places to age. The organization provides a wide array of information, support, and services designed to help individuals lead the most independent and active lives possible. From helping with errands and Meals on Wheels deliveries, to exercise classes, community programs, care planning, an adult day health care center, and home health care, SAGE’s expertise helps older adults remain independent in their own homes. SAGE is committed to being the leading provider of programs and services to meet the changing needs of older adults, their families, and caregivers throughout Union, Essex, Morris, and Somerset Counties. For more information about SAGE, please call: 908.273.5550 or visit: www.sageeldercare.org.
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PHOTOS: A group of SAGE Eldercare coworkers, volunteers, and friends surround Marianne Kranz, who was honored as one of 10 Union County residents awarded as Women of Excellence by the Union County Commission on the Status of Women and sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Kranz, a Fanwood resident, is the SAGE Eldercare Director of Volunteers, Meals on Wheels, and Home Support Services.