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Mar 13, 2023

31st Annual Spinnaker Awards Winners Announced

By Lori Draz

The Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce (EMACC) has announced the winners of this year’s prestigious Spinnaker Awards. Being selected by the esteemed panel of judges is a true honor; one that The Journal was proud to have received in 2017. Now in its 31st year, the Spinnaker Awards honors those businesses and individuals who freely give of themselves to make life better for everyone in Monmouth County.

“The Spinnaker Awards Dinner is our chamber’s largest event of the year. It is the one night we honor the achievements of people and organizations that make Eastern Monmouth County such a special place to live and to do business,” said Jane Tresnan of Tresnan Properties. “I always look forward to seeing business leaders from our area and celebrating with this year’s recipients.” 

• Volunteer of the Year: This award goes to an individual who goes above and beyond to provide exemplary service and dedication. Claire Knopf is this year’s recipient.

• Arts and Culture Award: This award is given in recognition of individuals and organizations who support and cultivate an appreciation of arts in the community. Lakehouse Music Academy in Red Bank is this year’s recipient. 

• Public Service Award: This award honors an individual who is a source of pride to the citizens he/she serves and is consistent with the high principles of the chamber for all who hold a public charge. Senator Vin Gopal is this year’s recipient.

• Community Service Award: This award is awarded to a business with less than 50 employees which has shown a dedication to the good of the eastern Monmouth community by leadership and spirit in support of our quality of life. Jersey Shore Financial Advisors is this year’s recipient.

• Corporate Good Neighbor: This award is for a business with 50 or more employees whose business culture makes eastern Monmouth a better place to live by motivating employees to be personal good Samaritans to people in need. New Jersey American Water Company is this year’s recipient.

• Non-Profit Organization of the Year: This award honors an organization that provides quality and consistent programs and services to the community. Tigger Stavola Foundation is this year’s recipient. 

• Serving Monmouth County for Over 50 Years: This award celebrates successful businesses that have been solid for more than 50 years. Liberty Insurance Services is this year’s recipient.

• EMACC’S Next Generation Leader: This award goes to an active member of EMACC who recognizes the benefits of chamber membership and involvement in starting and growing a professional career. Courtney Alessi is this year’s recipient.

The 31st annual Spinnaker Awards are scheduled for Wednesday, March 22 at the new Park Loft at Fort Monmouth in Oceanport. To learn more and to purchase tickets, call the chamber at 732-741-0055 or visit