McCort Mt. Olive Chamber’s Business Person of the Year; Schaffer Named Humanitarian of the Year

MOUNT OLIVE TWP. (April 30, 2018) – Two individuals who have been key participants in the Greater Mount Olive area in their own way will be recognized by the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce at its Annual Awards Banquet on June 7.

Mike McCort, owner of Amish Mike on Route 46, has been selected as the Business Person of the year. Patrice Schaffer was named the Humanitarian of the Year. The two will be honored at the Chamber’s yearly event to be held at Audio Visual Dynamics, Mount Olive, starting at 6 p.m.

Originally opened in 1978, Mt. Olive Hardware started out as a small, independent, family owned hardware store that simply built sheds on the side. Since then it has grown in leaps and bounds. It is still that same family owned business and still has basic hardware supplies, but since that time it has grown to become Amish Mike, New Jersey’s leading dealer in sheds, barns, gazebos, pool houses and all other Amish fine handcrafted products. For 40 years and two generations, Amish Mike has been working side by side with the Amish community to provide quality products to its customers.

Under Mike McCort’s leadership, Amish Mike now

offers a full range of wood sheds, vinyl sheds, cedar sheds, board and batten sheds and more. It also features a great selection of indoor and outdoor handmade Amish furniture, including chairs, tables, hutches, swings, wishing wells, windmills, gliders, doghouses, chicken coops and much, much more. They are particularly proud to be selling wood products that are 100% handmade in the U.S.A.Amish Mike is not just known in northern NJ. They have built and delivered sheds in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia. Locally, Amish Mike’s is also one of the area’s biggest contributors to non-profit endeavors, from schools to churches and other worthy groups.

Amish Mike’s continues to enjoy amazing success. Much of that has to do with Mike McCort!

There is no better choice as the Humanitarian of the Year than Patrice Schaffer.

There are three things that are most important to Schaffer: her faith, her family, and helping others.  

Very active in her church, Patrice and her husband Michael just celebrated their 

30th wedding anniversary with their three girls.   

 
Giving back is almost second nature to Schaffer, who is a Business Development Specialist for navitend, a Managed Information Technology Company. 

She is constantly willing to help others promote their events and causes by posting on social media or creating press releases and articles to help promote.  Other than seeing her many posts regarding the upcoming fundraisers for Vets Summer Fest, Operation Chillout, West Morris Central Theatre’s Musical performances, professional speaking engagements, and many other local  fundraisers, Patrice just promoted the Arts Workshop at the Hive in Chester for their scholarship fundraiser. Schaffer 

is involved with helping a friend adopt horses that have been abused. In addition, sh

e is an assistant photographer with the “Fun Photographers” where she volunteers to photograph several events throughout the year.  Her favorite photography events include the Tim Tebow Foundation Night to Shine Nationwide Event for special needs children and Central Theatre’s Musical and Drama performances. 

In 2012, Schaffer started a FREE business service called “Computer Pit Stop Solutions” which helps people, mainly senior citizens with their day to day computer needs. The main reason she started this service was because she felt that senior citizens are taken advantage of when it comes to technology and because a family friend was told by a computer store employee that he needed a new computer because his older one was not working properly.  The computer just needed some tuning up and worked fine for what he needed it for.   She has also offered some education such as basic computer knowledge for seniors and she speaks on technology use and safeguarding your personal information on the internet.  Her most recent speaking engagement was with the United Way of Northern NJ’s Women’s Leadership Group. 

 

Most people, though, recognize Schaffer for the work she has been doing with the “Vets Summer Fest” (VSF) for the past 4 years. This is an annual event that raises money and awareness for homeless veterans.  She is passionate about the “getting the word out” about Operation Chillout which is the organization that supports Homeless Veterans.  Each year in August, VSF is held at Vasa Park in Budd Lake.  She first started as a volunteer for VSF cooking Sausage and Peppers for the event and has gotten more involved ever since and is clearly an integral part of the VSF “team.”  

The Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce has members throughout Northwest New Jersey.   To learn more about the chamber, or for ticket information, or sponsorship opportunities about this event, go to www.mountolivechambernj.com.

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