Beacon of Excellence Awards
The Beacon of Excellence Awards have been designed to honor outstanding community enrichment through service, leadership and achievement. Nominations are sought from MRCC membership as well as from the community at large.
The Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize this year’s honorees - individuals and organizations who have made a positive impact on the citizens of Monmouth County.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 3, 2022
MONMOUTH REGIONAL CHAMBER BEACON AWARDS EVENT HONORS COMMUNITY LUMINARIES
Stellar individuals, businesses, and organizations who serve as beacons of inspiration to the community were honored by the Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce at the 2022 Beacon of Excellence Awards celebration, held on July 27 at Jacques Reception Center in Middletown, NJ. The annual awards are designed to honor outstanding community enrichment through service, leadership, and achievement.
“The Beacon of Excellence event is our chance to recognize the amazing work being done in Monmouth County by each of the honorees, who have all made an impact in the community,” stated Holly Schult, event chair. “Some have overcome obstacles in their own lives to become success stories, creating environments where those in need can shine and be valued. These award recipients are honored for leading by example for the next generation of influencers and, most of all, for doing everything they can to make Monmouth County a shining star for residents, businesses, and visitors alike.”
Beacon of Excellence attendees enjoyed a cocktail hour and dinner before the presentation of this year’s awards, which included:
Beacon of Hope Award, presented to a business, individual, or nonprofit providing outstanding and exceptional outreach to the community, providing a promise of hope and a vision for the future
Honoree – Community Affairs and Resource Center
Beacon of Light Award, presented to an individual, business, or organization whose accomplishments demonstrate superior public service and are a source of light and inspiration to the community
Honoree – Middletown Arts Center
Non-Profit Organization of the Year Award, presented to an organization exhibiting outstanding achievement and a reputation for excellence in the non-profit sector
Honoree – No Limits Café
Business Ambassador of the Year Award, presented to an individual or organization demonstrating exemplary commitment, leadership, and engagement within the business community
Honoree – Jeanne Wall
Corporate Good Neighbor Award, presented to a business organization that has made an extraordinary impact on the Monmouth County area through exceptional civic engagement
Honoree – NJCU @ Fort Monmouth
Community Service Award, presented to an individual, business, or organization whose accomplishments demonstrate superior public service and are a source of light and inspiration to the community
Honoree – Tom Hayes
Young Professional of the Year Award, presented to a professional under the age of 40 who has made a significant impact and has shown leadership in guiding the next generation of business professionals
Honoree – Kathrine Dwyer
Distinguished Leadership Award, presented to recognize a leader whose contribution to the understanding of and/or practice of effective leadership is significant and has resulted in extraordinary impact
Honoree – Dr. Michael Edmondson
President’s Award, presented as special recognition given to an individual, business, or nonprofit by the Monmouth Regional Chamber President for significant contributions and achievement
Honoree – Dr. Jackeline D. Mejias-Fuertes
“The evening was filled with laughter, congratulatory wishes, and inspiring messages,” Schult noted. “Each and every honoree made a lasting impression on the audience by sharing their story, and their personal humility, coupled with community pride, was evident. The evening was made special by Jacques Reception Center, who provided the fabulous venue; the audiovisual team at One-of-a-Kind Events; the talented singer Gigi Abinader; and MRCC Executive Director Terese Rölke and administrative assistant Kathleen Hoffmann, the amazing team behind the scenes.”
Additional thanks go to everyone who donated fabulous items for the gift auction and to the generous event sponsors, including New Jersey Natural Gas, CentraState Healthcare System, BCB Bank, New Jersey City University - Ft. Monmouth, Alcoeur Gardens, EZ Docks Unlimited, Artis Senior Living, ADP, Beacon of Life, Tom's Ford, Rue Insurance, Advanced PMR, Pine Belt Nissan, and Buhler Auto.
About the Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce
The Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit, volunteer organization whose mission is to promote business, enhance economic development, and serve as a catalyst for improving the overall quality of life in our communities. Its vision is to provide opportunities for business growth and prosperity, offer quality service to members, serve as a resource leader for business and the community, and represent the voice of business on a regional level. For more information about the Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce and upcoming events, visit www.monmouthregionalchamber.com.
2021 Beacon of Heroes Honorees
Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners
Beacon of Light Awards
Bayshore Medical Center
CentraState Healthcare System
Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Monmouth Medical Center
Riverview Medical Center
Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey Community Health Center
Mental Health Association of Monmouth County
Beacon of Hope Award
Kevin T. McNamara, Esq., and All Those Affected During the Pandemic
“We were so proud to be the co-chairs of this event honoring our local heroes whose tireless, inspirational, and often courageous deeds helped us through one of the most challenging times this country has ever had to endure,” stated event co-chair Gerry Viggiani. “It was a beautiful and moving celebration!” Added co-chair Holly Schult, “The decision to honor those who selflessly served Monmouth County residents and businesses was a unanimous one for the committee. To be able to show all our heroes how very much they are appreciated was heartwarming. It was a very special night.”
Schult and Viggiani expressed their gratitude to everyone who lent their support to the memorable evening, including their tireless event committee team, fellow MRCC officers and members, One of a Kind Events, Tom Zapcic Photography, and the staff of Bella Vista Country Club. Special thanks went to the generous event sponsors, including CentraState Healthcare System, Hackensack Meridian Health, Artis Senior Living Eatontown, New Jersey Natural Gas, TD Bank, Windels Marx, Mental Health Association of Monmouth County, Monmouth Medical Center/RWJ Barnabas Health, Sterling National Bank, The Jewish Home for Rehabilitation & Nursing, VNA Health Group, BCB Bank, Mark Viggiani/Berkshire Hathaway Fox & Roach Realtors, Lotus Blossom Psychotherapy, NJ Senator Declan O’Scanlon, Colella Communications, and Cowleys Pest Services. Additionally, numerous other supporters contributed to the Beacon of Heroes ad journal.
About the Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce
The Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit volunteer organization that serves as a resource leader for businesses and the Monmouth County community. Visit the MRCC website at www.monmouthregionalchamber.com or contact the chamber at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also follow the Monmouth Chamber of Commerce on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MonmouthRegionalChamberofCommerce and subscribe to their YouTube channel at http://bit.ly/MRCCYouTube
Click here for the full 2021 Beacon of Heroes Awards Photo Gallery
2019 Beacon of Excellence Honorees
A big CONGRATULATIONS to each of our 2019 Beacon of Excellence Honorees!
Beacon of Hope: Hazlets’ Hope Network (Laura O’Hara, Philip Michael O’Hara)
Businesswoman Leadership Award: DonnaLyn Giegerich of DLG Consulting;
Young Professional: Danielle Bagdzinski of Cg Tax, Audit & Advisory;
Non-Profit Organization: RAINE Foundation (Patti Dickens, Matt Dickens);
Business Ambassador: Dr. David Stout, Brookdale Community College;
President’s Award: Cliff Moore;
Corporate Good Neighbor: Holly Schult of BCB Bank;
Beacon of Light: New Jersey American Water (Justin Cheptra);
Public Servant: Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone (not pictured)
- Also pictured: Bernice Lopez , President MRCC; David M. Salkin, Executive Director MRCC
2018 Beacon of Excellence Honorees
Congratulations to the Beacon of Excellence Honorees!
(L to R) Top Row:
Beacon of Hope – Gary Weitzen from Parents of Autistic Children;
Public Servant Award – Vin Gopal;
Business Ambassador – Glen J. Delakian, Sr.;
Non-Profit Organization – Kick Cancer Overboard, Founders DonnaLyn Giegerich & Ted Friedli
(L to R) Bottom Row:
Community Service Award – Bayshore Senior Health,
Education and Recreation Center, Pat McCarthy;
Corporate Good Neighbor – New Jersey Natural Gas, Amy Cradick-VP of Government Affairs & Policy;
Young Profession Award – Alexandra Imtanios;
President’s Award – Sherilyn Przelomski
Not pictured: Beacon of Light – Staff Sergeant Eduard Santiago, United States Army & Public Servant Award – Sheriff Shaun Golden