~ Local media personality, Whitney Ullman, Recipient of 2019 Spirit of Hospitality Award ~
The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) recognized 25 individuals in the hospitality and tourism industry during the 22nd annual Atlantic City Host Awards, held Wednesday, May 8, 2019 in the Adrian Phillips Theater at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall.
The Host Awards salute and encourage outstanding customer service by employees in the tourism, hospitality and retail industries who contribute to Atlantic City’s success as a friendly, world-class destination.
Each winner received a keepsake commemorative box containing a gold lighthouse lapel pin as a symbol of their beacon of hospitality, an award certificate, assorted sweets and a $250 cash gift card.
Host Award winners were nominated for their enthusiasm, exemplary customer service and ability to enhance the overall experience of the visitors they serve. They were chosen from more than 100 nominees by a selection committee consisting of educators and representatives from Stockton University, Atlantic Cape Community College, Fairleigh Dickinson University, The Greater Atlantic City Chamber, Local 54, Meet AC and the Bacharach Scholarship Committee.
“Our Host Awards program is one of the finest events in the industry,” said CRDA Director of Communications & Marketing, Larry Sieg. “Honoring these hospitality employees is a tribute to them and to the millions of visitors that come to our destination each year.”
In addition, local media personality, Whitney Ullman, received the prestigious Spirit of Hospitality Award, which is given to an outstanding individual who has made significant long-term contributions to the region’s hospitality and tourism industry.
With over 15 years in the media industry, Whitney has long been a proponent of Atlantic City tourism. She has placed coverage of her @GoToWhitney and The City Pulse brands on both local and national media platforms.
Also at the event, the CRDA Foundation and the Greater Atlantic City Concierge Association awarded scholarships to students pursuing degrees in hospitality at Atlantic Cape Community College, Stockton University and Fairleigh Dickinson University, to encourage quality education for employees in the hospitality industry.
2019 Scholarship Awards from the CRDA Foundation and the Greater Atlantic City Concierge Association:
Mackenzie Smith – Ventnor, NJ Atlantic Cape Community College $750 John Jackson Award
Gabriella Titus – Highlands, NJ Stockton University $750
Anna Cavalieri – Mantua, NJ Stockton University $750
Artesha Lewis – Mays Landing, NJ, Atlantic Cape Community College $750
Daysarah Negroni – Hammonton, NJ, Stockton University $1,000
Jasmine Wilker– Robbinsville, NJ, Stockton University $1,250, Howard Bacharach Award
Christopher Rizzo – Keyport, NJ, Stockton University $2,000, Harry Hurley Award
2019 Merit Scholarships
Gloria Finnan – Oakland, NJ, Stockton University $250
Jorie Ann Berube – Eatontown, NJ, Stockton University $250
Christina Nagiey – Pennington, NJ, Stockton University $250
Tiffany DiDonato – Sicklerville, NJ, Stockton University $500
Kimberly D’Angelo – Mays Landing, NJ Fairleigh Dickenson $500
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