Southern Ocean Chamber CEO To Receive Freeholder Tourism Award

Lori Pepenella (Photo courtesy Southern Ocean Chamber of Commerce)

SHIP BOTTOM – Join the Southern Ocean Chamber of Commerce on April 19 as it honors Lori Pepenella with the Freeholder Tourism Award for tourism leadership.

Pepenella, Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber, will be receiving this award from Freeholder Joseph Vicari at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College at 6 p.m.

The Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission, alongside Ocean County College and the Jay & Linda Grunin Foundation, will present the Chamber with this award as part of the 7th annual Salute to Ocean County: A Celebration of Arts and Heritage.

The event aims to honor outstanding cultural organizations in Ocean County as well as recognize local artists, historians, preservationists, educators and leaders, such as Pepenella.

Pepenella has been serving on the county board since 2008, has been recognized on a state and national level for initiatives that brought the Long Beach Island Region into the forefront for tourism, and has led the Chamber to become one of two globally accredited Destination Marketing Organizations in the state.

She was nominated for this award by colleagues throughout the county, through the Ocean County Business & Tourism Advisory Board.

This event is free and open to the public.