Recognition

Michael Duru Clothiers

Michael Duru Clothiers

When brothers Michael and Matt Duru opened their eponymous boutique clothing store in Shrewsbury 17 years ago, their goal was to create an environment where customers could build a wardrobe, not just simply buy a suit.

“I wanted to follow a sort of old school retail philosophy which I thought was diminishing in this industry,” Michael Duru said. “Years ago, the people who tailored and sold you your clothes knew your wardrobe better than you did. And that’s what I felt was missing from the business. The idea here was to not simply place emphasis on the product, but to highlight the shopping experience.”

So Michael Duru, a third-generation tailor who started working in his father’s shop when he was just 13, implemented made to measure services and emphasized the importance of fit.

The store, which the Durus’ says is not brand or price driven, employs many personalized tactics to make each client’s shopping experience truly seamless.

“We take pictures and have a running profile on every customer which includes a list of every item they’ve ever bought at the store,” Duru said. “This way it’s easy to add layers to a wardrobe and wives and partners can select gifts with ease.”

Both Michael and Matt Duru look forward to having you visit their shop, experience a new shopping experience and having them become your Tailor for Life !

Tom Hayes

Tom Hayes

Tom is the Director of Customer and Community Relations for New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG). He is responsible for community outreach, manages the NJNG Charity and is the liaison with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.  He and his staff handle numerous programs ranging from home ownership and energy assistance to volunteer and educational initiatives throughout NJNG’s service area.

With a B.S. in Architecture, Tom started with NJNG over twenty-eight years ago in the facilities management area before heading up the company’s newly formed Economic Development Department in 1995.  In 2000, Tom was asked to head up the company’s Customer and Community Relations Department and he truly enjoys this work.  In addition to serving on the Monmouth Park Charity Fund Board and committees, Tom serves on nearly two dozen boards and numerous committees for non-profit agencies in the Monmouth, Ocean and Morris County areas. 

Tom is also involved in the community through various activities such as NJNG’s volunteer programs, mentoring programs and educational programs.  He Hosts a cable TV program called “SCAN’s Community Connections” and can often be heard on local radio shows. Tom appreciates the blessings that come from working for a civic-minded company with a great staff and talented and dedicated community partners.

Tom and his wife Regina purchased and restored the childhood home of Stephen Crane, who authored the “Red Badge of Courage,” and established a museum and community program venue in the home located at 508 Fourth Avenue in Asbury Park.  This provided the opportunity to learn firsthand the complexities associated with forming a nonprofit along with other challenges such as grant writing, restorations, event planning, etc. 

Tom and Regina are blessed with three amazing children, Tom Jr., Christopher and Olivia.  They volunteer often and feel privileged to be able to help make life a little easier for those in need and appreciate all who lend a hand to help others.

Joseph Roselle

Joseph Roselle

Joseph Roselle was born and raised in East Orange, New Jersey one of eight children.  His family started in the waste management business in 1914 and continues today.  Joey met his beloved wife and life partner, Anita, in 1961. They married in September 1962 and 18 months later they moved to Neptune where Joey managed the newest Roselle business.  Joey continues today with his son Peter's business, Regional Industries.

Joey and Anita currently reside on the ocean in Long Branch. They have raised two successful children, Peter and Veronica, have a wonderful daughter-in-law, Kristina, and are the proud grandparents of Valentina Faith.

Joseph is affiliated with many charities where he gives generously of his time, his compassion, and his financial support.  As a member of Due Process Stables and Golf Course, Joseph has generously auctioned off packages to this exclusive club at countless charitable events.

He has supported his wife, Anita, throughout her years of philanthropic work in the community – from ARC of Monmouth County, to Muscular Dystrophy Association, Rainbow Foundation, Monmouth County Boy Scouts, Fulfill, VNA to name a few…and of course as a Board of Trustee at Monmouth Park Charity Fund, Joseph is supporting her every step of the way, and often is recognized along with her at many charitable events.

We at Monmouth Park Charity Fund could not imagine a more deserving honoree to represent the mission of MPCF – to care for all of the residents of Monmouth County who are in need of care and compassion, and to ensure they receive the services they need for health and well-being.