Summer Celebration brings together Jersey Shore communities

In early June, the Jersey Shore Partnership Foundation held its 20th Summer Celebration, the organization’s annual kickoff to summer at the Jersey Shore. The event is held at Fort Hancock, Sandy Hook adjacent to Sandy Hook Bay. Each year, corporate leaders, elected officials, not-for-profits, environmentalists, and academics come together to celebrate the importance of our coastline to our State. The Jersey Shore Partnership is New Jersey’s leading advocate of efforts to restore and replenish New Jersey’s 127-mile coastline.

The event is a working partnership of shore restaurants, and seafood establishments and distributors that donate seafood to the restaurants to prepare their specialties for the guests. More than 20 restauranteurs present a wide variety of delicious food, from Bahrs clam chowder to Tuzzio’s Italian cuisine to Shop Rite’s World Class desserts. Guests also enjoyed the music of Brian Kirk and the Jirks.

Senator Joseph Kyrillos and his wife Susan Doctorian Kyrillos served as Honorary Dinner Chairs. The 2017 Dinner Chair was Vincent Maione, Region President, Atlantic City Electric, a founder of the Jersey Shore Partnership in 1992. A highlight of the evening is an awards program honoring individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to enhancing the quality of life at the Jersey Shore and beyond.

Hackensack Meridian Health received the Tom Gagliano Leadership Award for Innovative Partnerships. Steven Littleson, Hackensack Meridian President/Hospital Services Division and Chief Operating Officer, accepted the award. Curtis Bashaw, Cape Resorts, best known for his renovation of Congress Hall in Cape May, received the Outstanding Leadership Award for Historic Preservation; and Domenic DiPiero, Newport Capital Group, Red Bank was awarded the Partnership’s Outstanding Community Service Award.

Margot Walsh, Foundation president stated, “The Summer Celebration brings together our friends from all four shore counties to celebrate our beautiful beaches and the opportunity they offer to residents, businesses, and visitors to enjoy one of state’s most precious natural resources.”

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Photo Credit: Tom Zapcic Photography

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