On Wednesday, Oct. 30th the first Annual Breakfast of Champions event was held at the Sheraton in Eatontown at 8:30am. This successful event raised nearly $20,000. and was a celebration of individuals, corporations and organizations that have made remarkable contributions to their community. The selected Champions have all demonstrated the same principles and beliefs that have been held by the American Red Cross for over 132 years.
Nancy Orlando, CEO of the Jersey Coast Region was the Master of Ceremonies who welcomed the over 100 honorees and guests in attendance. Everyone enjoyed a delicious breakfast and networking with the various organizations and groups in attendance. Committee members for the event were: JoAnn Arsi, Denice Gaffney, Donna Maritato, Kim Price and Gail Van Winkle.
Below is a list of the 8 Honorees, their organizations, title of their award and reasons they were selected.
1. Corporate Champion – Gannett
Published Two heartwarming Sandy Books donating all profits to the American Red Cross and the Jersey Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau
2. Community Champion – Joyce Shine-Mattis
Set up and ran distribution center at Bicentennial Hall in Rumson. Has been a supporter of the Jersey Coast Chapter in many capacities, the most notable was chairing a number of committees for the annual charity gala over a number of years.
3. Young Entrepreneurial Champions – Cowerks - Restore the Shore
Used their contacts, talent and creativity to produce and sell Restore the Shore Tee-shirts and raised $91,000 which they donated to the American Red Cross
4. Faith Based Champion – Pastor Scott Bostwick , St Paul’s United Methodist Church
Organized a soup kitchen that feed many victims after the storm and are still feeding those in need today.
5. Education Champion – Monmouth University
Set up a Shelter at the University that housed up to 1,500 victims of Sandy.
6. Military Champion - Joseph P. Eppolito, Naval Weapons Station Earle – Emergency Management Department
Helped to rescue American Red Cross when we were unable to supply fuel to our fleet of vehicles. Has been very supportive of our Disaster Relief efforts in many other Capacities.
7. Philanthropic Champion – Monmouth Park Charity Fund
More than 100 service organizations over the years have been recipients of the registered Monmouth Park Charity Fund, incorporated in 1947. Distributions to the nonprofit agencies and health-care facilities since 1947 now total over $8,700,000.
8. Social Media Champion - Jersey Shore Hurricane News
Created Face Book page after Hurricane Irene and it continues today. During the aftermath of Sandy the NJ residents could follow updates and post information that was vital to the community.