RARITAN, NJ - Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council will be honoring local citizens at the Toast to Scouting Awards Dinner to be held Nov. 30 at the Raritan Valley Country Club in Bridgewater at 6:30 p.m.  This year’s honorees are Joanie Coffaro, Brian Gallagher, Nicholas F. Pellitta, Esq., Craig & Jonathan Slass, and Doris (Dee) Zampella.

The event recognizes these six outstanding recipients for their community service, as evidenced by their leadership and interests within the Somerset County community, and for their embodiment of the values of the century old Scout Oath and Law in their personal and professional lives. The event co-chairs are The Honorable Donna Simon and Lesley Gabel, Co-Executive Director, Hunterdon Prevention Resources.

Joanie Coffaro is the Director of Workforce Development at Raritan Valley Community College.  In the 6 years she has been there she has had the opportunity to help people find a career pathway through industry credential training whether employed or unemployed.  She also works with local corporations to provide training to advance the skills of their employees. In addition to RVCC Joanie sits on the NJALL (The New Jersey Association for Life Long Learning) Board as well as the Hunterdon County Food Pantry Board.  She is a 2015 Leadership Hunterdon graduate and is currently seeking her MBA from Rutgers University

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Brian Gallagher is the Mayor of the Borough of Somerville. Brian has been Mayor for 14 years, currently serving in his fourth consecutive four-year term as Mayor since 2004. In addition to being Mayor, Brian serves on the Somerville Planning Board, the Somerville Library Board, the Regional Center Partnership Board and a host of other Borough committees. Brian is also a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Somerset County St. Patrick's Division 1; a past member of the Somerville St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee; a member of the Somerville Elks; and, he is a past president of the Union County 200 Club. Brian works for the State of New Jersey.

Nicholas F. Pellitta, is a member of the firm, Norris McLaughlin & Marcus where he provides a wide variety of litigation strategy and assistance for business clients in commercial matters, including contract review, insurance-related issues, and real property tax appeals. Nick has served as Chairman of the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce and is currently Legal Counsel to the Chamber, aiding in contract review, lease and vendor agreements, and general legal advice. He is a member of the Board of Trustees and a Past President for Hunterdon Prevention Resources, an organization dedicated to promoting health and wellness and preventing substance abuse and violence in the community. Nick is also on the Board of Directors for the Raritan Valley Community College Foundation.

Jonathan and Craig Slass are co-presidents of Rotor Clip, a global supplier of retaining rings (non-threaded fasteners), wave springs and self-compensating hose clamps for automotive and other industrial applications. They have succeeded in opening export markets in Europe and Asia and are looking forward to growing operations in each of these locales in the years to come. Jonathan and Craig are proud of Rotor Clip’s contribution to the Franklin Township community since 1972 as well as its record of providing long term employment to the over 300 families its workers represent.

Doris (Dee) Zampella is the executive vice president of EA Boniakowski Insurance Agency. Doris currently serves as the President of the Empower Somerset Board, board member for the Center School Foundation, volunteer EMT and 2nd lieutenant of the Martinsville Rescue Squad, Charter Member of the United Way Women’s Giving Circle and as a board member for the Somerset County Business Partnership.  Her other volunteer activities include Operation Shoebox, United Way, St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen and Streetlight Mission.

The event co-chairs stated, “Boy Scouts of America is dedicated to building character, providing training in the duties of citizenship, and in so doing, building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.  This year’s honorees embody that very same dedication.  By demonstrating, time and again, exemplary leadership, model citizenship, and steadfast commitment to the community, each of the six honorees reflects perfectly all that Boy Scouts of America represents.”

The Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council serves over 16,000 youth in over 400 Scouting units in communities like ours throughout Morris, Middlesex, Somerset, Sussex, and Union Counties.For more information on Scouting, attending the event, and sponsoring the program journal, contact Jennifer Volz, Sr. Development Director, at 973-765-9322 ext. 249 and/or jennifer.volz@scouting.org.