Art Bonito of Lake Hopatcong was named a 2010 winner of the prestigious New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Awards. The annual awards honor ordinary people who, through public and volunteer service, do extraordinary things for other people, their community, the nation, or the environment without expectation of reward.
At a dinner and award ceremony at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on April 28, Lt. Governor and Secretary of State Kim Guadagno conveyed congratulations from Governor Chris Christie, who “saluted” the “selfless commitment” of New Jersey’s volunteers. “You can’t put a price tag on your service,” added Guadagno. “Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
Jefferson Award Medal For Public Service
Art Bonito and Lise Greene, his nominator
Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno with
Award winner Art Bonito
Supporter Bob Keppel With Art Bonito
Presentation of the Jefferson Award by Kim Gaudagno. Linda Bowden, President of PNC Northern NJ and Sam Beard looking on.
The Jefferson Awards were established in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Senator Robert Taft Jr., and Sam Beard (President of the American Institute for Public Service) to recognize ordinary people who perform extraordinary deeds on the national and local level.
Winners of Jefferson Awards are often called “unsung heroes.” Art Bonito’s impact on New Jersey will be “sung” loud and clear during his most visible volunteer work - the outdoor summer concerts at Camp Jefferson.
From the 450 nominations for the New Jersey Jefferson Awards, only 20 individuals/groups were selected to be honored in 2010. From those 20 honorees, only four were selected to represent New Jersey at a national ceremony in Washington, DC - one of those four is Art Bonito. In June, he will spend two days in the nation’s capital, where additional awards will be presented by U.S. Senators in recognition of the honorees’ outstanding volunteer contributions.