Caldwell University gala benefits student scholarships | The Progress News

CALDWELL – Caldwell University honored two distinguished professionals at its Presidential Scholarship Gala on Friday, April 21 at Mayfair Farms in West Orange. The honorees were Philanthropist Michael Kambourakis and Founding partner of Artisan Wealth Management Edward R. Collins ’98.

The gala is the signature fundraising event for Caldwell University and helps fund scholarships for deserving students.

Kambourakis was integral to the founding of two nonprofits – the SEARCH Day Program in Ocean, NJ, and the Dominican Republic Relief Organization (DRRO). He began serving the community 20 years ago as a Rotarian. He is the owner of Terzako Furs in Caldwell, and he, along with his design team, are celebrating 100 years of quality fashion design.

The SEARCH Day Program assists those on the autism spectrum and embraces the vision that through collaborative partnerships, nurturing of students’ abilities, and specialized creative programming, individuals with autism will experience a life enriched with personal fulfillment and positive integration within society.

In 2013, Kambourakis chartered The DRRO. His vision was to help the impoverished people residing in the Dominican Republic by providing healthcare, education, housing, vocational training, clean water, food, clothing and other necessities of life. He recently oversaw the construction and completion of the DRRO Clinic. He and his team are now preparing for what will be the first of many medical missions, the focus of which will be Nutrition and Diabetes/Cervical Cancer Screening. A dormitory is now nearing completion that will comfortably host 45 physicians and mission-related volunteers while they save countless lives thanks to the financial support of many generous donors.

Ed Collins founded Artisan Wealth Management with his partner David Lambert and they have grown to serve clients in 21 states across the country. Collins simplifies the often-complex areas of wealth management for his clients. He focuses on helping them enhance their financial literacy and work toward their financial goals and objectives. As a private wealth manager, he is the financial planning team leader for his clients.

Collins began his professional career working with the United States Department of Justice, but transitioned to private wealth management planning in 1998.

Collins has achieved advanced accreditation in the areas of financial planning, professional money management, and wealth management. He graduated from Caldwell University with a double major in History and Psychology, a minor in Political Science and a Certificate in Government Service and Administration. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law.

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