Dynamic Duo Honored
Patrick and Esther Fletcher of River Edge received the Distinguished Service Award at West Bergen Mental Healthcare’s 24th annual Fall Night of Fine Dining.
Patrick and Esther Fletcher of River Edge received the Distinguished Service Award at West Bergen Mental Healthcare’s 24th annual Fall Night of Fine Dining, held recently at Indian Trail Club in Franklin Lakes. The organization holds a special place in their hearts. Patrick served as a trustee for nine years and was executive vice president from 2011 to 2014. He is currently a member of the Foundation Board, and with his wife, has hosted several Distinguished Service Award Brunches and Nights of Fine Dining fundraising events.
Patrick is well-known among county educators, currently serving as superintendent of the River Dell School District. In addition to developing a comprehensive special education program in that district, he was integral to the founding of the Bergen County Flight Team to help students and staff members cope with tragedies involving classmates and colleagues.
Esther’s work also is rooted in education, and she is equally well-known for her initiatives, having been named Teacher of the Year in Carlstadt and sitting on the Governor’s Task Force on Bullying in Schools.
“They are special individuals who give freely of themselves to benefit others,” said Thomas H. Bruinooge, president of West Bergen’s Board of Trustees.