On Thursday Oct. 19, at the Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards, Toms River Regional Schools received its award as the Chamber’s 2017 Distinguished Organization of the Year.

The honor was accepted by Board President Ben Giovine and Superintendent David Healy.

“This recognition that is being bestowed upon our school district this evening has significant meaning to me, my leadership team,” said Healy, who then asked his district colleagues to stand as he acknowledged each team member, “our board of education, faculty, and support staff. And that is because it validates to all of us that our hard work and our student-centered objective is being recognized by the Chamber, an organization that plays such an important role in our community.”

Leaders from many Toms River businesses, organizations, and nonprofits were in attendance, and Superintendent Healy equated the task of educating nearly 16,000 students each year with the “It takes a village to raise a child” adage.

“I want to thank all the members of our village that have joined us here this evening,” he said. “Without your commitment to this community, your unwavering student focus, and your unconditional support, what we have accomplished and will continue to accomplish would not be possible. The best is yet to be.”

The district made available for attendees copies of Our Story, the comprehensive booklet of district accomplishments and goals throughout the past several years and moving forward.

“This is truly an honor for this district, and we thank the Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce for this recognition,” said Giovine. “On behalf of our school board, many of whom are with us here tonight, I can proudly say that this is the result of a lot of hard work, a clear vision, and a dedication to our students.”

The event was held at Martell’s Waters Edge in Bayville. Other honorees included Business Partner of the Year-Staples; Distinguished Citizen of the Year-Ralph Wolff; Groundbreaking Business of the Year-Jersey Mike’s of Toms River; and Nonprofit of the Year-Georgian Court University.

“This was a wonderful evening to share with my family, our board, my district team members, and so many of the remarkable people who are moving Toms River forward,” Healy said at the event’s conclusion. “I am so pleased to see how many people came out here tonight to help celebrate our district and the other honorees, which is a testament to the work the Chamber is doing to galvanize this community and establish a culture that feels like family.” 

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Board President Ben Giovine acknowledges the role of his board colleagues, the district team including administrators and teachers, and the leadership of Superintendent David Healy, who stands beside him, in helping Toms River Regional Schools earn the award.

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Members of Toms River Regional Schools administrative team stand and are acknowledged by Superintendent Healy for their work throughout the years.

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Superintendent David Healy injected a bit of humor into his speech, including a running back and forth with local morning radio hosts Pork Roll and Eggs with Nina and Tom, who served as hosts for portions of the evening. Laughing are (far left) Chamber Immediate Past Chair Kenneth Malagiere, Chamber Chair Jonathan Petro, and, next to Healy, Board President Ben Giovine.

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From left to right: Board members Gigi Esparza, Janet Bell, and Robert Onofrietti; Board Vice President Loreen Torrone; Board President Ben Giovine; Superintendent David Healy; Board members Joe Nardini and Russell Corby; and Business Administrator William Doering.

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Board president Ben Giovine thanks the Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce for the honor, specifically Chamber Chair Jonathan Petro and Chamber Immediate Past Chair Kenneth Malagiere (far left).

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Photos courtesy of Tracy Harman Photography: tracy@tracyharmanphotography, 732 797-0377.

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