RARITAN, NJ - The September Fifth Friday Friars Public Policy Luncheon will be combined with the Salute to Tourism Awards in a single event hosted by the Somerset County Business Partnership on Friday, Sept. 30. at Raritan Valley Country Club, Route 28.

The luncheon will continue the trend of focusing on issues that enhance Somerset County’s economic competitiveness by presenting the 2016 “Salute to Tourism” awards followed by keynote speaker Mike Trostel, Director of the United States Golf Association Museum in Far Hills, New Jersey. 

The “Salute to Tourism” awards will begin at 11 a.m. followed by the business social at  noon with the luncheon beginning at 12:30 p.m.
 
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The “Salute to Tourism Awards” recognizes dedicated individuals and organizations that have made a positive economic contribution to Somerset County through Tourism activities. Charter sponsor to “Salute to Tourism” is Duke Farms.
 
Trostel will speak about the USGA Museum in Bernards Township, NJ. Trostel is responsible for strategic planning, content oversight, and acquisition of artifacts at the USGA Museum. He has previously served as the Museum’s curator and historian, co-authoring Great Moments of the U.S. Open, a book that includes a foreword by Jack Nicklaus. 
 
The USGA Museum is the oldest sports museum in the United States and is home to the world's premier collection of golf artifacts and memorabilia. It features the greatest moments in golf history and explores the game’s connections to American culture. Part of the USGA Museum experience includes the Pynes Putting Course, a 16,000 square foot putting green that allows visitors to test their skill using replicas of antique putters and balls from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
 
“Tourism is an enormous economic driver in Somerset County, contributing over a billion dollars to our economy” said Mike Kerwin, president/CEO of the SCBP. “Recognizing those people and institutions that foster this success brings well deserved attention and acknowledgment to a very important County industry.”
 
Registration for the luncheon is $75 per person ($100 at the door.). Reservations may be made online at  www.scbp.org/events or by calling 908-218-4300, faxing to 908-722-7823, or mailing a check payable to the Business Partnership to 360 Grove Street, Bridgewater, NJ 08807.  
 
 The Somerset County Business Partnership serves as central New Jersey’s regional Chamber of Commerce. Members and investors represent public, private and community organizations, working in partnership and dedicated to maintaining and promoting economic prosperity and quality of life in Somerset County.