The NJBIZ Business of the Year Awards program on Monday celebrated New Jersey’s most dynamic businesses and executives who rise above the rest, along with four remarkable Business of the Year Hall of Fame honorees. Founder & CEO of Summit Nutritionals International ®, Caesar DePaço, Ph.D., was this year’s Corporate Citizen of the Year Finalist.
Summit Nutritionals International ® has donated to a range of organizations, including St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, the Somerset Hills Learning Institute, which supports children with autism & the Hillsborough Police Department through donations of K9 officers, a specially equipped K9 vehicle and other supplies.
Philanthropic Focus: “My company has focused on K9 units, or the lack thereof, in police departments. K9 officers and K9 handlers lead a very demanding day while on the job…This type of unit within a department is very special and also very beneficial. As a dog lover, I enjoy seeing what man and canine can achieve when working together as a team.”
How does your company decide where to donate charitable resources?
“Summit Nutritionals ® is trying hard to maintain support within Somerset County, where we have our corporate headquarters and where I live. However, there are cases outside the county or state where I feel a need to lend a helping hand. The Oklahoma City Police Department, for example, just received a new K9 from Summit Nutritionals ® to take the place of their most recently fallen K9 officer, Kye, who lost his life during a tragic duty call.”