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The Father Center of New Jersey to Host Father Family Fun Day and the 19th Annual Platinum Dads Awards


As Father’s Day approaches, The Father Center of New Jersey is thrilled to announce its annual celebration of extraordinary dads at the Father Family Fun Day on Saturday, June 1, from 10 am to 2 pm. Taking place at We Make (109 Route 31 North, Pennington), this event promises a day filled with family-friendly activities, including games, group dancing, a moon bounce, refreshments and, most importantly, inspiration.

The highlight of the day will be the recognition of The Father Center of New Jersey’s 2024 Platinum Dads. These outstanding individuals are all exemplary men and role models both at home and in their communities.

Mercer County Executive Director Dan Benson expressed his gratitude for being named one of this year’s Platinum Dads, saying, “I am so honored to be selected as a Platinum Dad. I want to thank The Father Center for this recognition, and for all the incredible work they do to support dads throughout Mercer County. Being a dad is one of the greatest joys imaginable, and as County Executive, I am always eager for opportunities to help parents here in Mercer to succeed.”

Joining Dan Benson as Platinum Dad honorees are Reggie Coleman, President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Mercer County; Cory Delgado, Director of School Counseling & Student Wellness with the Montgomery Township School District; Kareem Edwards, General Manager at Comfort Inn & Suites Newark Liberty International Airport; Steven Anthony King, of Cliffside Park, the author of Amazon’s #1 bestselling book It’s Really Good to See You; Jim Patnick of Pennington; Anthony Russ Jr. of Lawrenceville; Donta Sanders Sr. of Trenton, Lead HVAC Technician for Chamberlain University in North Brunswick; and George Sowa, CEO of Greater Trenton. Samuel Fulwood, of Trenton, is this year’s recipient of the Robert E. Alston Legacy of Fatherhood Award.

Bryan Evans, CEO of The Father Center of New Jersey, invites the public, saying, “I encourage you to join us on June 1 for a Father Family Fun Day and to meet these inspiring men.”
Tickets are $10, $5 for children between 6-17 years old, and free for children 5 and under. For tickets, please visit

Sponsorships available! To learn more, please contact Bryan Evans at (609) 695-3663.




Bryan Evans Named New CEO of The Father Center of New Jersey, Succeeding Karen Andrade-Mims

Trenton, NJ (March 11, 2024): The Father Center of New Jersey (TFCNJ), a growing nonprofit organization that provides innovative programs and services to support men in meeting the responsibilities of fatherhood, is delighted to announce the appointment of Bryan Evans as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective April 1, 2024. Evans will succeed Karen Andrade-Mims, who is retiring after more than 16 transformative years of leadership. Throughout her tenure, Andrade-Mims elevated TFCNJ into a pivotal source of support and growth for fathers and their families across New Jersey. 

Evans’ appointment as the leader of TFCNJ marks a significant step toward the organization’s ambitious growth and expansion goals. With more than 15 years of executive experience in the nonprofit sector, coupled with a notable tenure in the corporate world, Evans brings a wealth of experience and a track record of delivering successful outcomes for underserved communities across the region. Over the past six years, Evans has been involved in efforts to catalyze community and economic development opportunities in Trenton, New Jersey, in his role as Senior Vice President of Greater Trenton, as well as in his capacity as Chairman of the Trenton Downtown Association. 

Under Evans’ leadership, TFCNJ is poised to enhance its visibility and impact within the community with a focus on several key areas, including demonstrating the impact of TFCNJ’s programs on the career, personal and parenting development of men and fathers; building a development capacity to increase the agency’s ability to advance its mission; expanding service into the Hispanic population to better serve increasingly diverse communities; and laying the groundwork for expanding TFCNJ’s footprint across the state of New Jersey. 

“Bryan Evans has a clear vision for the future of this organization,” says Karen Andrade-Mims. “He is deeply committed to our mission, and he brings years of experience building impactful partnerships within our community. I am confident he will continue to move The Father Center of New Jersey forward by leading with integrity and compassion.” 

Evans’ strategic vision for TFCNJ involves a comprehensive approach to growth, focusing on both internal development and external engagement. By leveraging his extensive experience and leadership skills, Evans is well-positioned to guide TFCNJ toward achieving its goals, making a lasting impact on the communities it serves and enhancing the organization’s role as a leader in fatherhood programming. 

“The Father Center of New Jersey holds a special place in my heart, and I deeply value the agency for empowering fathers to profoundly influence their families’ lives socially, emotionally and financially,” says Evans. “Since 2008, Karen has adeptly navigated through both difficult challenges and exciting transformations that have propelled the organization in ways that no one thought was possible. I look forward to building on her legacy and leading the organization into its next growth phase.” 

By emphasizing career counseling and workforce development initiatives, TFCNJ equips fathers with the necessary skills to financially provide for their families. The organization offers comprehensive support, including emotional, social and economic resources, enabling fathers to better their lives and, consequently, the lives of their children. Presently, the agency aids over 1,500 fathers annually, assisting them in fostering robust, nurturing connections with their children. 

As TFCNJ welcomes Bryan Evans, the organization looks forward to a new chapter of growth, impact and community engagement under his leadership. 

About The Father Center of New Jersey 

The Father Center is an innovative community organization, located in Trenton and Burlington, NJ, that offers fathers the emotional, social and economic resources they need to improve their lives and those of their children. From stress management training and anger management programs to adult computer classes, The Father Center supports men in gaining life skills to be there for their families. When fathers are empowered to be good partners, the entire community benefits.