Atlantic City Host Awards May 4

CRDA - Casino Reinvestment Development Authority - Atlantic City Beach and Lifeguard Stand photo.
April 14, 2022

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – (April 14, 2022) – The Annual Atlantic City Host Awards is an event which recognizes and rewards our front-line and back-of-the-house workers for exemplary service to our visitors and are important to our economy and the backbone of our hospitality industry. After being absent for two years, we are hosting the 23rd Annual Atlantic City Host and Spirit of Hospitality Awards on May 4, 2022 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall in the Adrian Phillips Theater.

Nominations have been received in the following categories:  Best Server, Casual Dining, non-casino; Best Server, Fine Dining Casino Restaurant; Best Server, Casual Dining Casino Restaurant; Best Server, Banquet/Catering; Best Food and Beverage Support; Best Bartender; Best Host/Hostess; Best Retail Sales Associate; Best Valet; Best Door Person; Best Bell Person; Best Room Service Personnel; Best Room Attendant/Housekeeper; Best Food Production Personnel; Best Guest Services/Concierge; Best Heart/Back of the House Personnel; Best Reservationist; Best Security Personnel; Best Casino Games Personnel (Ray Kot Award); Best Casino Host; Best Casino Support Personnel; Best Public Area Personnel; Best Cashier; Best Cocktail Server; and Best Spa Personnel.

As part of the Host Awards ceremony, the “Spirit of Hospitality” Award is given to an outstanding individual who has made a long-lasting contribution to the Atlantic City tourism & hospitality industry. The committee is honored to award this year’s Spirit of Hospitality Award to Evan Sanchez.

Sanchez returned to his hometown of Atlantic City in 2015 after attending Columbia University when he co-founded Authentic City Partners with Zenith Shah to create development projects in Atlantic City, like the Orange Loop, to better the lives of those in his community and build spaces that unify and inspire like Hayday coffee shop and the Leadership Studio.

Sanchez has served as Board President of Atlantic City-focused non-profits including the Atlantic City Arts Foundation and the Atlantic City Community Fund. His latest endeavor, ThriveAC Fund, is a $1 million dollar commitment from the Renn-Sanchez family over 5 years to fuel the work of non-profit organizations to build a stable, sustainable, and vibrant Atlantic City.

The new ThriveAC Fund draws attention to investment in impactful organizations, talented nonprofit professionals, and committed neighbors who are striving to meet the needs of residents and improve AC’s quality of life.  Starting this year (2022) through 2026 ThriveAC Fund will distribute a minimum of $1 million dollars to both 501c3 nonprofit organizations and fiscally sponsored community groups in Atlantic City whose work aligns with the ThriveAC vision.

Past recipients of the Spirit of Hospitality Award include Whitney Ullman, The Pulse (2019), Jon Henderson, Good Time Tricycle Productions (2018); Donna Albano, Associate Professor in the Hospitality & Tourism Management Studies (HTMS) Program at Stockton University’s School of Business (2016); and Jean Muchanic, Executive Director of the Absecon Lighthouse (2015).

All finalists will receive two complimentary tickets to attend the event while family, friends and co-workers are invited to purchase additional tickets to support their nominee. Tickets are priced at $75 for an individual, and tables of ten are priced at $750.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please contact Doreen Prinzo, Marketing Partnership Manager at 609-449-7156.




About the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority
The only agency of its kind nationwide, the CRDA has used Atlantic City casino reinvestments as a catalyst for meaningful, positive improvement in the lives of New Jersey residents since 1984. Under the 2011 Tourism District Act, the Authority’s mission evolved from statewide projects to becoming the state’s key economic development agency for Atlantic City. CRDA’s expanded responsibilities now include land use regulation, tourism marketing and clean and safe initiatives. The CRDA also oversees Historic Boardwalk Hall (the leading entertainment venue of its size in the country) and the Atlantic City Convention Center. In total, CRDA has invested nearly $2 billion in more than 400 projects statewide, of which $1.8 billion has been invested in Atlantic City, spurring business investments and expansions, and creating permanent jobs in the process. For more information about CRDA and our projects, visit, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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