MARMORA, N. J. — New Jersey Campground Owners Association (NJCOA) announced that two member campground owners were recognized by Cape May County Chamber of Commerce during their 71st Annual Meeting and Installation dinner – 2015 Awards in Excellence.
Judy LaPorta, owner of Little Oaks Campground in Cape May Court House, was honored with the 2015 Volunteer of the Year award. While Judy is active with NJCOA she also serves on the Chamber’s Board of Directors and is an ambassador for the Chamber.
Vicki Clark, president of the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce commented about LaPorta, “As a board member, she engages in every conversation, bringing important perspectives to discussions. She is one of the best all-around volunteers any organization could have.” She continued, “Judy looks for ways to help out at events and is ready, willing and able to jump in at any point when needed. She is one of our most dedicated ambassadors, reaching out to our newest members and helping them realize the most from their chamber membership starting with day one.”
Joann DelVescio, executive director of NJCOA, said “Judy LaPorta brings many great qualities to any organization. We are delighted the chamber choose to honor her service.”
Owner of Beachcomber Camping Resort located in Cape May Court House Tom Brodesser was honored with the Cape May County Betterment Award. The Betterment Award is presented each year to an individual, business or organization whose efforts enhance the quality of life in Cape May County.
Tom Brodesser along with his late wife Claire, have dedicated their lives to giving back, with the local hospital, Cape Regional Medical Center being their primary focus. Over the past 12 years, a total of $1.6 million has been dedicated to the Tom and Claire Brodesser, Jr. Cancer Center Foundation at Cape Regional Medical Center. The Cancer Center features a state of the art laser specific cancer treatment.
Tom and Claire raised their three daughters Theresa, Maggie, and Tammy with the belief of giving back and who are all involved in the family businesses along with the spirit of giving. For the past 20 years, the employees and campers at Beachcomber Camping Resort have held fun-raising campaigns each year, resulting in gifts to the hospital of $25,000 to $30,000 annually. In addition, Tom and his family support other charitable organizations in the county including Wildwood Catholic High School.
Along with his involvement with NJCOA, he has served on the Board of Directors at Cape Regional Medical Center from 1971-2004 and is a supporter of Volunteers in Medicine.
SOURCE: NJCOA press release