BELMAR, NJ —Patricia Provenzano, affectionately known as “Pat Pro” in the Belmar community, will receive the borough’s 2017 Citizen of the Year Award during the Sixth Annual Mayor’s Ball on Friday, June 23.

“We are honored to have 'Pat Pro" as our Citizen of the Year and are grateful for her years of service and dedication to Belmar and our residents,” said Mayor Matthew Doherty.

Provenzano has served Belmar in a variety of roles over the years. From 1994 to 2005, she was a member of the borough council and served as council president. While a member of the planning board from 1997 to 2003, she was instrumental in developing Belmar’s first redevelopment plan.

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As tourism commissioner, Provenzano was a driving force behind several events that continue until today, including Friday Night Concerts in Pyanoe Plaza, New Jersey Seafood Festival, Belmar Fall Festival/Oktoberfest and the ever-popular Senior Luncheons.

A parishioner of St. Rose Roman Catholic Church, Provenzano is a member of its St. Rose Altar Society and St. Vincent DePaul Society, and serves on the Belmar-based church’s Finance Committee.

“Pat Pro” has always called Belmar home, living in the same house today in which she was raised. 

As this year’s Citizen of the Year, Provenzano joins an elite club of past recipients that includes Claire Deicke, George Komitas, Brian and the late Jane Magovern, Eugene Murray, Thomas Volker, Belmar First Aid Squad and Belmar Woman’s Club. The award recognizes borough residents who “go above and beyond in their daily life for the benefit of the community.”

The sold-out Mayor’s Ball will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. for the first time at Taylor Pavilion, which is larger than the old beachfront facility that was destroyed during Superstorm Sandy and could not accommodate the large event in the past. Following the festivities inside the new 6,800-square-foot pavilion, the ball will culminate with a bonfire on the beach.

Last week, Mayor Doherty announced a $20,000 donation from the event would be made to the families of the two girls who died as the result of drowning off the Belmar beach on June 15. While 13-year-old Mitzi Hernandez-Nicolas was pronounced dead shortly after being pulled from the water, her 12-year-old cousin, Emily Gonzalez Perez, died four days later at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune. Both girls were Belmar Elementary School students.

The remaining proceeds from the gala will once again benefit the Belmar Youth Club, a Recreation Department program for students in grades 3 through 8 who live in Belmar or Lake Como, or attend Belmar Elementary School or St. Rose Grammar School.

On Thursday, June 22, all Belmar school-age youngsters are welcome to the Fourth Annual Children’s Ball, to be held at Taylor Pavilion from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be free dinner and drinks.

For more information about either the Children's Ball or Mayor's Ball, email: belmarmayorsball@gmail.com.

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