HAZLET –The best of Hazlet was represented Wednesday night at the Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Beacon of Excellence Awards.
Accepting honors for exemplary service to the community were:
Hazlet’s Hope Network won the Beacon of Hope Award given to a business, individual or non-profit providing outstanding and exceptional outreach to the community providing a promise of hope and a vision for the future. The acceptance speech was given by Hazlet’s Phil O’Hara, a liaison to the group and son of Laura O’Hara, also of Hazlet, who currently serves at board secretary. The president is Angelo DeRosa of Holmdel and vice president Jim DiNardo of Hazlet.
RAINE Foundation won the Non-Profit Organization of theYear Award, given to an organization exhibiting outstanding achievement and a reputation for excellence in the non-profit sector. The group was founded by Matt and Patti Dickens of Hazlet. In her acceptance speech, Patti said the power of the vibrant group was in the vast number of volunteers, loyal trustees and steady leadership of Anthony Petruzzi.
Cliff Moore, Economic Development Consulting Services, LLC was given the President’s Award, a special recognition given to an individual, business or non-profit by the Chamber President for significant contributions and achievement. Moore, of Hazlet, is a businessman currently on the Hazlet Land Use Board, and guiding economic development in Keansburg and Highlands.
Other organizations with strong ties to Hazlet also were saluted.
New Jersey American Water won the Beacon of Light Award, given to an individual, business or organization whose accomplishments demonstrate superior public service and are a source of light and inspiration to the community.
Dr. David Stout, Brookdale Community College was bestowed the Business Ambassador of the Year Awardgiven to an individual or organization demonstrating exemplary commitment, leadership,and engagement within the business community.
Holly Schult, BCB Bank Bayshore earned the CorporateGood Neighbor Awardgiven to a businessorganization who has made an extraordinary impact on the Monmouth County area through exceptional civic engagement.
Tom Arnone, Freeholder Director, Monmouth County is the holder of the Public Servant of the Year Award, given to an individual who is distinguished by their dedication and outstanding commitment in support of public service.
Other standouts in the community:
DonnaLyn GiegerichMBA CIC RYT, DLG Consulting won Businesswoman Leadership of the Year Award, given to an individual, organization or non-profit whose goals encompass compassionate outreach and outstanding contributions to the community.
Danielle Bagdzinski, CG Tax, Audit & Advisory got the Young Professional of the Year Award, given 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.