There were some inspiring people last night at the Jersey Shore Chamber of Commerce Golden Osprey Awards.

Our great morning show friend Tom Hayes was on hand last night to accept the Pinnacle Award for New Jersey Natural Gas. It is no secret that Tom is one of the most-loved and most-giving people in our community so any event that he attends is brighter! He shined the spotlight on all of the wonderful people who work at NJNG who go above and beyond to enhance their customers' lives including volunteering in the community above and beyond and generously giving of their time and talents to help others in need.

There were other friends of our morning show being honored, too, including Kellyann Skorupski of Chores NJ who I believe Lou Russo did Jazzercise with back in the day, LOL!

Also big congratulations to the family from Klein's fish Market & Waterside Cafe, who have run the family business since 1924!!!!

Rising Star Award Honoree Corinne McCann Trainor, Esq. of Fox Rothschild was such fun onstage...and if she doesn't do stand-up comedy on the side she should try to squeeze that in because she is great on stage (as was the Emcee, another morning show friend -- Manolo Teijelo of Fortis Lux Financial.)

Gary Porter & Carol Cotta from Kintech Printing and DirectMail were given the Outstanding Chamber Service Award. Those two, along with their spouses and family, have given back so much to our community.

(Photo by Liz Jeressi)

Others honored last night:

Hoa Kim Huynh received the Aspiring Youth Award. She is a graduate of Manasquan High School and is currently a freshman at Villanova University with a major in Computer Engineering and has helped our community with fundraising above and beyond many her age.

Paul Barlo of Barlo Governale & Associates Architects received the Outstanding Community Service Award, and Bentley Diamond Importers received the Business Excellence Award.

As coincidence would have it, my son happened to be the drummer in the jazz band that was playing at this event, and the audience got quite a treat since jazz legend pianist Norman Simmons happened to be available to play!

(Photo by Liz Jeressi)