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SANDY HOOK – At a time when every issue seems to be divided along party lines, Young Democrats and Republicans up and down the coast are coming together to raise funds to protect the Jersey Shore. Young political leaders from both parties are heading up the Summer Celebration Young Professionals Committee, bringing together business associates ages 21-35 to support the Partnership’s mission to ensure that our 127 mile beachfront from Sandy Hook to Cape May is preserved and protected. The Jersey Shore Partnership Foundation (Partnership) will kick off its 2022 Annual Summer Celebration on Monday, June 13, 2022 at Fort Hancock, Sandy Hook from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Young Professionals join together to support the Jersey Shore Partnership June 13 Summer Celebration at Fort Hancock, Sandy Hook, the annual fundraiser to support the Partnership’s advocacy efforts for beach protection and preservation.

“Committee chairs are Kinn Badger, former Murphy for Governor Senior Advisor for AAPI and Faith-Based Outreach., and Jason Sena, Esq., who is Of Counsel with Archer Greiner, P.C.’s Red Bank office and is the Legal Counsel to the Monmouth County Young Republicans.”

Kinn Badger said, “It is so important to get young professionals involved in the environmental concerns facing our coast in light of sea level rise, climate change, and the prospect of increased storms that all cause beach erosion and infrastructure damage.”

Jason Sena added, “Preserving our coastline is not a partisan issue. Shore preservation is vital to our local economy and is an issue that we can all get behind. Kinn and I are pleased with the tremendous support we have received from our members, who are committed to working together to protect our beaches.”

Jersey Shore Partnership President Grace Hanlon continued, “We’re thrilled with the work our bipartisan Young Professional Committee has done and the long-lasting relationships they’ve built working on such an important cause. They are truly a model for the nation, showing what can happen when political professionals from both parties work cooperatively and put partisanship aside for the greater good of their communities.”

The huge open-tent event features shore restaurants’ favorite cuisines and seafood donated by coastal fisheries. Live music by Brian Kirk and the Jirks keeps the party lively for the 400 guests. The Summer Celebration attracts corporations, businesses, environmentalists, not-for-profits and other shore loving people that support the need to protect our beaches and fragile coastline.

The highlight of the evening is an awards program honoring outstanding individuals/organizations that support the Partnership’s mission to preserve and protect our coastline and contribute to the economy and the quality of life at the Jersey Shore and the entire State. This year’s Dinner Chairs are Frank & Valerie Montecalvo from Bayshore/Montecalvo Family of Companies, a past honoree and major sponsor of the event. Former State Senator Joe Kyrillos and Susan Kyrillos will serve as Honorary Dinner Chairs.

The Partnership will honor Vito Cardinale of Cardinale Enterprises and Adventure Crossings, Shore Point Distributors, and The Honorable Martin Pagliughi and Lynda Pagliughi.

Hanlon continued, “Our shore communities generate an annual $20 billion tourism economy. The Summer Celebration is a strong reminder of our responsibility to protect our coast, our most valuable environmental and economic asset.”

Young professionals, ages 21-35, have a special ticket price of $75. Regular priced tickets are $120 per person. Tickets can be purchased through the Partnership website under Summer Celebration. Sponsorships also are available. For information, contact Barbara Hindman at

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