CareOne, a family-owned healthcare company that has more than 29 facilities throughout New Jersey, was honored as Corporation of the Year by Make-A-Wish New Jersey at its annual gala on June 8. Daniel Straus, CareOne’s CEO, and Elizabeth Straus, its executive vice president, were honored as Humanitarians of the Year. The entire CareOne organization was recognized as Corporation of the Year, in recognition of CareOne’s “200 Wishes” fundraiser, which took place at the Prudential Center in February and drew more than 1,000 attendees. That resulted in a $1.3 million commitment from CareOne, representing the single largest corporate gift and the largest one-day fundraiser in the 34-year history of Make-A-Wish New Jersey.

Elizabeth Straus and her father, Daniel Straus, accept the award.

Elizabeth Straus and her father, Daniel Straus, accept the award.

“CareOne is hopefully an example to others of what it means to be involved in business and community. You have to be involved in both to be successful,” Daniel Straus said.

“I don’t think you can care for people without caring for each other. We want to be a place where everyone knows we’re compassionate and we really want to care for those in need,” Elizabeth Straus added.

The Make-A-Wish New Jersey gala included an address from Tom Weatherall, the organization’s New Jersey president and CEO, as well as testimonials and performances by local New Jersey wish kids who recently experienced the power of a wish. Event sponsors included Toys ‘R’ Us, RWJ Barnabas Health, Hackensack Meridian Health, and Macy’s. For information, go to www.care-one.com or nj.wish.org.