Honors & Achievements

Belmar Shows Its Pride by Honoring ‘Person of the Year’ Kevin Woolley

Belmar resident and longtime Home Depot employee Kevin Woolley is honored by Mayor Brian Magovern and the council for being named Person of the Year by the Monmouth Ocean Foundation for Children. Credits: Cathy Goetz
During the Monmouth Ocean Foundation for Children gala, Kevin Woolley is joined by, from right, Monmouth County Freeholder Tom Arnone, Sheriff Shawn Golden and autism outreach coordinator Fran Hines. Credits: Monmouth County Sheriff's Office

BELMAR, NJ — As an employee of The Home Depot in Neptune for the past 22 years, it’s no wonder Kevin Woolley is a familiar face to store customers, especially residents in his hometown of Belmar.

But more than that, Woolley, who has cerebral palsy, is an inspiration to everyone who crosses his path — not only because of his work ethic, but because of his love for life.

Admired by co-workers, neighbors and friends, Woolley recently was named Person of the Year by the Monmouth Ocean Foundation for Children — an honor that was placed in the spotlight by the Belmar Council.

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At its June 19 meeting, the governing body recognized Woolley for his dedication and work ethic in setting “an example to which we all should aspire,” read a proclamation issued in his honor. “We are proud to have you as a resident of our town.”

During the presentation with Woolley at his side, Belmar Mayor Brian Magovern asked for a show of hands of anyone who has asked the 42-year-old for help while shopping at The Home Depot. Without hesitation, dozens of hands popped up and smiles swept the room — a testament to that neighborly pride.

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