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  Joyce Gould presents Meredith Fiorucci with the Season Extending Special Event for Morey's Fears.
Joyce Gould presents Meredith Fiorucci with the Season Extending Special Event for Morey's Fears.

I was honored to be sworn in as the president of the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce at its annual dinner Thursday, Sept. 27 at Lighthouse Pointe Restaurant and with almost 100 in attendance.

The night began on the outside deck, where cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were served. Members were greeted by Tracey DuFault, executive director of the chamber, and staff members Pat McGuigan and Tracy Daugherty. Shelia Brown of Summer Nites B&B was there, along with Karen Bohme, Darlene Heym, Jeannine Yecco and her husband, Kevin Yecco, who was the installing official for the new officers and board members, and good friend Angel Daniels with her special man, attorney Ron Gelzunas.

Jay Ford, president of Crest Savings Bank, who attended with his wife, Beth Ford, was presented with the businessperson of the year plaque by outgoing President Jim Rowland.

Also present were 14 members of the bank staff, including Jodie DiEduardo, Linda Williams, AnnMarie Baker, and Jeff and Sandy Gott.

The best new construction award was given to Westy’s Irish Pub in North Wildwood. It was accepted by Peg and Art West, who have made a great new addition to their restaurant. Cattle ’n and Clover and Gioia Ristorante in Wildwood won for best renovations. Cattle ’n Clover owners John Sheppard and John Paxton were in attendance.

The award for best new restaurant in Wildwood went to the Q Fire Grill on Rio Grande Avenue, the site of the former KFC. Alfonso Cuaco was there with his realtor, Lou Catera.

North End American Grill was named the best new restaurant North Wildwood. The best new business was Zippy’s Bicycle Rental in Wildwood. The best new sign title was awarded to Bandanas in the Crest, and Meredith Fiorucci accepted a plaque on behalf of the Morey Organization for extending the season with Morey’s Fears, which begins this weekend with Halloween fright on the boardwalk.

John Lynch accepted the award for the American Express Kenny Chesney Beach Concert, which drew more than 30,000 people to the area for a great day and night in June. It was an unforgettable experience. We hope to have more to follow. The Wildwood Convention Center received the Going Green award; accepting were director John Siciliano, Helen Kane and Robert McNicholas.

A special portion of the evening was dedicated to the volunteer of the year award, which went to Arlieen Franco, Mary Erceg, Betty Crossen and Ralph Johnson, all retiring members of the GWTIDA board. Ralph spoke passionately of the time he had on the board. Arlieen was unable to be there, and Mary was in Europe. It was a special moment for everyone there.

Greg Guyon, the treasurer of the board, and Alan Gould, board legal counsel, were both recipients of the President’s Award. Greg Guyon was unable to attend, but Alan Gould spoke about the good GWCOC does for the Wildwoods community.

It truly was a night to remember. My congratulations to the chamber and all the fine work done by its members.

 

From left are Darlene Steifel, AnnMarie Baker, Sandy Gott, Amanda Malkowski, Heidi Vollrath, Tina Speigel, Carol Lamach and Barbara Jean Warner of Crest Bank.
From left are Darlene Steifel, AnnMarie Baker, Sandy Gott, Amanda Malkowski, Heidi Vollrath, Tina Speigel, Carol Lamach and Barbara Jean Warner of Crest Bank.

Honorees Betty Crossen and Ralph Johnson greet past president Lori Roach.
Honorees Betty Crossen and Ralph Johnson greet past president Lori Roach.


Denis Brown, Diane Weiland, Joe Murray, Debbie Bass and Sue Sheppard pose while waiting in line for the buffet. Denis Brown, Diane Weiland, Joe Murray, Debbie Bass and Sue Sheppard pose while waiting in line for the buffet.

From left are chamber members Lou Cataro, Karen Bohme and Shelia Brown.
From left are chamber members Lou Cataro, Karen Bohme and Shelia Brown.

Installing official Kevin Yecco joins newly installed chamber President Joyce Gould.
 Installing official Kevin Yecco joins newly installed chamber President Joyce Gould.

Outgoing President Jim Rowland presents the businessperson of the year award to Jay Ford of Crest Savings Bank.
Outgoing President Jim Rowland presents the businessperson of the year award to Jay Ford of Crest Savings Bank.

John Lynch accepts an award flanked by Joyce Gould and Sue Sheppard.
John Lynch accepts an award flanked by Joyce Gould and Sue Sheppard.

From left are John Paxton, his wife, Macie Hahn, and Lisa Rendzak.
 From left are John Paxton, his wife, Macie Hahn, and Lisa Rendzak.

The Going Green Award for the Wildwoods Convention Center is presented by Joyce Gould to John Siciliano, Helen Kane and Robert McNicholas while Sue Sheppard looks on.
The Going Green Award for the Wildwoods Convention Center is presented by Joyce Gould to John Siciliano, Helen Kane and Robert McNicholas while Sue Sheppard looks on.


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