• Bruce Paparone honored with Jirair S. Hovnanian Humanitarian Award

    November 16, 2017
    Bruce Paparone, Bruce Paparone Homes was presented with the Builders League's Jirair S. Hovnanian Humanitarian Award by Stephen and Peter Hovnanian at the MAME Awards ceremony held at Lucien's Manor in Berlin on November 15, 2017.

    The Builders League established this award in the name of Jirair S. Hovnanian to honor builder, remodeler and associate members for their exceptional philanthropic endeavors

    Hovnanian joined the League in 1966 and served as BLSJ president in 1970 and president of the New Jersey Builders Association in 1974.   During his career in home building, our father believed in giving back to the community and the builders league created this award to honoring the spirit in which he lived his life by dedicating his time and energy helping others fulfill the American Dream.

    Beginning in August, the United States endured three punishing hurricanes, Harvey, Irma and Maria, which devastated portions of Texas, the Gulf Coast, Florida and Puerto Rico.  As we know from our own experience here in New Jersey, recovering from these storms and rebuilding the impacted communities will take considerable time and effort.

    The BLSJ Charitable Foundation had already scheduled a fundraiser on September 28 when the hurricanes began to hit one after another.  The trustees decided to not only use a portion of the proceeds from their event but to also collect contributions from our members that we would send on behalf of the Builders League and its members.

    The first and largest contribution the Charitable Foundation received was from Bruce and Cheryl Paparone.  It is certainly no surprise given Bruce Pararone and the Bruce Paparone Homes’ sponsorship and employee involvement in our charitable efforts over the years. 

    Paparone has also been actively involved in numerous charitable efforts outside of the housing industry.    

    The BLSJ Awards Committee believes that Bruce Paparone’s generous gift fulfills the spirit and intent of the award by helping to create opportunities for others to help them achieve ‘the American Dream.”

    Rick Van Osten
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