Tony Petruccio, a 2022 Platinum Dads Honoree and his wife Joy Taylor with their four children. Tony and Joy also serve as foster parents and have sheltered over 15 foster kids throughout their eight year tenure working with a local foster care program.

The 17th annual Platinum Dads event keeps the tradition of recognizing unsung heroes. Karen Andrade-Mims, Executive Director at The Father Center of New Jersey, headquartered at 1 West State Street in Trenton, stated she wants to make sure the community knows the importance of fathers both for families and in society at large through an annual Platinum Dads Awards event. “Every year we get the distinct honor of illuminating the positive stories about fatherhood and men who are doing remarkable work in our region get the acknowledgement they deserve.”

The Platinum Dads Awards Event will honor the following men: Congressman Andy Kim, Dr. Joseph Youngblood, Mike Van Wagner, Bill Coleman, Hal English, Tracey Syphax, Duncan Harrison, Sr., Tony Lesenskyj, Tony Petruccio, Jeffrey Colclough, and the 2022 Robert E. Alston Legacy of Fatherhood Honoree is Dr. George Pruitt.

This annual event celebrates fatherhood because the organization believes that strengthening fathers strengthens families. Platinum Dads will take place at the Princeton Marriott at Forrestal, 100 College Road East in Princeton from 10AM to noon. Tickets are selling fast and can be purchased at the following link: Tickets to Platinum Dads, 2022. Space is limited, so if you wish to attend this event, Karen suggests you buy your tickets as soon as possible.

Jeffrey Colclough is a Manager at Freedom Mortgage and was named a 2022 Platinum Dad Honoree.

The Father Center of New Jersey’s name reflects the strength of a continued mission to support men in gaining the skills and meeting the responsibilities of fatherhood. The agency’s career counseling and workforce development programs create opportunities for fathers to gain skills and show up for their families. The Father Center is the oldest child welfare organization in New Jersey and was founded in 1859 as an orphanage for children who were abandoned, neglected and/or abused. Over the years the agency has evolved to meet the needs of the community by fostering family and child-wellbeing, and has transitioned gradually to an award-winning organization serving over 800 men per year.

For more information about The Father Center of New Jersey, or to refer someone you know for services, visit the organization’s website at

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