Ocean Happening asked you to nominate the individuals who go above and beyond to make a difference in their community, their families, business, the arts and charities. Our judges, from Happenings Media, considered all of the nominees. Now, we have the top 10 Movers and Shakers in Ocean County for 2015 (and the one People’s Choice selection).
Here are the results:
Adam Binder of Manahawkin
Owner of Creative Click Media. Member of the Toms River Chamber of Commerce, Stafford Chamber of Commerce and Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce. Volunteers for BBBSOC and the American Cancer Society.
David Caldarella of Manahawkin
Co-Founder and Executive Director of David’s Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation. Recently honored by the US Department of Health & Human Services National Cancer Institute to serve as a Patient Advocate.
Jeremy DeFilippis of LBI
CEO & Co-Founder of the lifestyle company, Jetty. Co-Founder of the Unite-Rebuild Sandy relief project, which raised $340,000 to be donated to local residents. Director at the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce.
Cathleen Engelsen of Surf City
Renowned artist with paintings in the Public Service Electric and Gas Company, and commissioned by McDonalds to paint historical scenes for their local restaurants. Volunteer for the Surf City Fire Department. Grand Marshall of the Ship Bottom Christmas Parade.
Jeremy Grunin of Toms River
Executive Director of the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation. Board member for many organizations, including Ocean County College, Community Medical Center, Ocean County Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of Ocean County.
Timothy Hart of Manahawkin
Ocean County Cultural Heritage Director. Deputy Director at the Tuckerton Seaport. Ocean County Historian. Board member for the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce.
Darcie King of Forked River
Co-owner and Co-Operator for E Video Productions. Board Member for Our Gang Players. Committee Member for the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore.
Michelle Leonard of Beachwood
Foudner of Alternative Health Solutions of NJ. Director for Live Positive Today, the Soulsational Music and Wellness Festival (occurring every summer in Ocean County) and the MY Wellness Network.
Ken Malagiere of Toms River
Owner of Narcissus Florals. Brides Choice Award Winner. President of the Board for the Garden State Philharmonic. Founder of the James Joseph Group.
Mike Schwartz of Toms River
Founder of the Seaside Music Festival and the non-profit Hometown Heroes. Works in real estate and political consulting. Involvement in many organizations, including BBBSOC and Rotary International.
And your 2015 People’s Choice Selection…
Nicholas Wainwright of Brick
Founder/Owner/Creative Director for Daydreamer Productions. Volunteer for Wounded Warriors, Relay For Life and more. Publisher writer for Phindie Magazine.