Advancing Opportunities Honors Business and Community Leaders

Advancing Opportunities Honors Business and Community Leaders

Advancing Opportunities Honors Business and Community Leaders

Ewing, NJ – Advancing Opportunties, Inc. honored leaders throughout the state of New Jersey for their support of and advocacy for individuals with disabilities and their annual Spring Hoedown this past weekend. The organization has been a leading provider of disability services in the State since 1950.

Frank Lucchesi of PSE&G was recognized as Humanitarian of the Year for his extensive service to the community and his generous spirit. Frank is currently the Chair of KidsBridge and past president of the Economic Development Association of NJ. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Hamilton Area YMCA, MIDJersey Chamber of Commerce, Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce and Central New Jersey Junior Achievement. He is also on the Board of Trustees for the New Jersey State Police Memorial Foundation and the Middlesex 200 Club.

Advancing Opportunities Board Member Michael Yarrow of WithumSmith+Brown was awarded “Volunteer of the Year” for his engagement in the mission of the organization to enhance the lives of all people with disabilities. In addition to his service to other organizations in the community, Mike has served on the board of Advancing Opportunities for over ten years. As part of his commitment, he has served as Treasurer and Audit Committee Chairman, and he also volunteers on the committee for the organization’s annual Rothwell Family Golf Outing.

The “Leadership in Business” Award was presented to the New Jersey Food Council for their extensive efforts to create a more inclusive workforce throughout the State. The leadership has resulted in increased opportunities for meaningful employment for people with disabilities.

Additionally, the organization recognized Carly Hewitt, a Rutgers University student with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Her condition renders her unable to move any of her muscles or breathe independently, but she continues to thrive and pursue her education thanks to the Assistive Technology Center at Advancing Opportunities. One of the organization’s Specialists taught Carly how to use “eye gaze” technology, which enables the user to communicate by looking at control keys or cells on a computer screen.

“The depth of the commitment of this year’s honorees is inspiring,” said Advancing Opportunities CEO Jack Mudge. “They are driving growth for our organization, promoting a more inclusive society, and ultimately helping us to bring our vision and mission of enhancing the lives of all people with disabilities to life.”


Established in 1950, Advancing Opportunities is a leading provider of disability services in the State of New Jersey, serving over 1000 individuals with disabilities and their families each year. The agency’s scope of services includes residential services, advocacy, college and career counseling, employment services, community and individual supports, family supports, and the Assistive Technology Center. The mission of Advancing Opportunities is to achieve full societal participation for all people with disabilities.