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Summer Celebration of the Shore

One of the surest signs of summer’s return is Jersey Shore Partnership’s Summer Celebration of the Shore. For the 22nd year, this popular event returns to Fort Hancock in Sandy Hook on is set for June 10 (rain date June 11).

The spectacular locale with its glorious sunset and unblocked view of the bay is the perfect spot for this unique and well-attended event that pays tribute to the Jersey Shore, which the organization so dearly defends.

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The Jersey Shore Partnership is New Jersey’s leading advocate for state and federal funding to protect and preserve New Jersey’s 127-mile coastline, which annually generates a $20 billion tourism economy and brings in millions of federal dollars in a cost-sharing partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The crowd of 400 is an eclectic mix of elected officials, along with industry and corporate leaders, naturalists, and foodies, who come together to network, party, learn and support the shore. Under a huge, open-air tent, event goers will enjoy more than 20 of the state’s best chefs and restaurants and their specialty dishes, as well as the music of Brian Kirk and the Jirks.

From the ever-popular lobsters from Lusty Lobster, prepared by Bahrs, to the shucked-on-site raw bar, the chefs put on a masterful show, working with seafood largely donated by NJ seafood establishments. The donation promotes the exquisite quality of New Jersey seafood and varied specialties of the state’s premiere restaurateurs and helps to increase the profits for this event, which is the Jersey Shore Partnership’s main fundraiser of the year.

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The evening’s highlight is the awards program honoring outstanding individuals and organizations that work to preserve and protect the coastline and contribute to the economy and the quality of life in New Jersey. This year’s Dinner Chair is President and CEO Mitch Livingston, NJM Insurance Group and a major sponsor of the event.

The honorees include former New Jersey Senator Joseph Kyrillos and Susan Kyrillos, recipient of the Jersey Shore leadership award; PNC Bank for corporate excellence in service to New Jersey; the Bayshore/Montecalvo Family of Companies for environmental sustainability and energy conservation; and Weeks Marine, for its century of service in the maritime industry.

Tickets are $120. Young professional super savings tickets for attendees aged 21 to 35 are $75. Visit the Summer Celebration page at to purchase tickets through PayPal and to access the link to sponsorships. For more information about the Summer Celebration, contact Barbara Hindman at

To get involved in the advocacy efforts, comment on the state of a beach, make a donation or get more information, contact Executive Director Margot Walsh at

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