The Journal To Accept Spinnaker Community Service Award

By Lori Draz

In August of 2016, the Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce (EMACC) announced the honorees of their prestigious 25th Anniversary Spinnaker Awards. The Journal Magazine was greatly honored that we and owner/publisher Louis Francis Mercatanti have been chosen to receive the Spinnaker Award for Community Service.

Mr. Mercatanti thanked the organization for this exquisite recognition, along with the communities The Journal publications serve and the staff of the magazines. “The Journals are honored to have been chosen and to be in the company of the other winners this year and the fraternity of former winners. We are all blessed to live and work in this remarkable area. The Journal’s mission over the last 20 years has been to share the news and stories of our great towns and people. My staff works with passion every month to make our magazines as good as they can be for our readers and our loyal advertisers.”

Over the last several months, The Journal has introduced you to each of our fellow honorees. Each person or organization is an exceptional contributor to a higher quality of life in Monmouth County.

Now it’s time to celebrate. The Spinnaker Awards will be held on Thursday, January 26 in the elegant setting of The Shadowbrook at Shrewsbury and will be held concurrently with the annual election and installation of officers and directors for the Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce. The Spinnaker Awards evening will also feature live entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, open bar (beer and wine), and a plated sit-down dinner. Tickets to the always sold-out event go quickly, so if you would like to meet lots of business and community leaders and have a wonderful time, call the EMACC office at (732) 741-0055 or visit www.emacc.org.

The 2017 Spinnaker Award Honorees include:

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

For an individual who provides exemplary service

to the community

TOBY STARK

ARTS & CULTURE AWARD

For individuals and organizations that support and cultivate

an appreciation of arts in the community

MIDDLETOWN ARTS CENTER

PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD

For an individual who is a source of pride to the citizens

he/she serves and is consistent with high principles

CHRISTINE HANLON, MONMOUTH COUNTY CLERK

COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD

For a business with less than 50 employees that has shown a dedication to the good of the eastern Monmouth community by leadership and spirit in support of our quality of life

THE JOURNAL MAGAZINES

CORPORATE GOOD NEIGHBOR

For a business with 50 or more employees, whose culture motivates employees to be personally involved as Good Samaritans to make eastern Monmouth a better place to live

BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES NJ PROPERTIES

NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR

For an organization that provides consistent quality programs and services to the community

SPUR (Special People United to Ride)