The Brick Township Chamber of Commerce has named Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato its Distinguished Community Leader Award recipient for 2014, along with Joel Markel of Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services.
The awards are given each year to local citizens who make “outstanding community contributions” to the local area, the Chamber said in a statement.
Coronato has been recognized nationally since taking office in Ocean County for his aggressive efforts to combat the county’s heroin epidemic, including introducing the lifesaving practice of administering Narcan to overdose victims and charging drug dealers in the deaths of their customers. He has also organized a large-scale outreach campaign which has included numerous public forums and anti-drug programs in local schools.
Additionally, Caregiver Volunteers of Central New Jersey and Michael Blandina of Brick will be recognized with the Distinguished Community Partners Award and Douglas Blyth will be honored as the 2014 Chamber Champion.
All of the awards will be presented at the Chamber’s gala event Dec. 11 at the Eagle Ridge Country Club in Lakewood. The 2015 leadership team for the Chamber will also be installed that night.
Event information: The evening’s celebration will begin at 6 p.m. with an open bar cocktail party. The awards ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. and business/holiday attire is requested. Sponsorships are available and many of them include invitations for guests. Reservations for the event are required. For more information or reservations, call the Chamber of Commerce at 732-477-4949. You can also view the invitation with additional details on their website at www.brickchamber.com.