MONMOUTH ARTS GALA

ROCK THE ARTS HONOREES
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ANTHONY D'AMATO

Artistic Achievement Award

Anthony D’Amato, known onstage as Remember Jones, is celebrated for his work as a director, producer, vocalist, and songwriter in music and theatre worlds. He has taken on lead roles in musicals throughout the country and has directed several acclaimed productions, including notorious work with the musical HAIR and the NJ premiere of Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Baronet Theatre in 2007. As an acclaimed frontman and personality, his theatrical stagings of original music with a large band and retellings of other artists’ catalogues has brought his work to the national spotlight, selling out music venues and theatres to great acclaim. He has shared stages with George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Ronnie Spector & The Ronettes, Darlene Love, Buster Poindexter, Ivan Neville, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, and more, and recently celebrated the 100th birthday of Dean Martin with a recording project with his daughter, Deana Martin. Remember Jones continues to grow his brand in many creative, unique ways throughout the country alongside many celebrated artists, while releasing new music and artistic content.

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THE STONE PONY

Business Leadership Award

The Stone Pony, the most famous part of the city of Asbury Park, opened its doors on February 8, 1974, and over the course of almost five decades, continues to be an internationally recognized destination for both fans and artists. The very beginning of the club’s legacy started with The Blackberry Booze Band, which featured Ocean Grove resident “Southside” Johnny Lyon and Middletown’s Steve Van Zandt. With new personnel and an added soulful, horn-driven and classic R&B repertoire, the band was famously renamed Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. Concert performances by national and locally known artists began in 1977, and over the many years have included Elvis Costello, The Ramones, Blondie, The Bouncing Souls, Maroon 5, The Jonas Brothers, Jon Bon Jovi, and so many others. The Stone Pony’s most famous association is with Bruce Springsteen who would often jump in on stage with other artists, and who brought the E Street Band in for a pre-tour warm-up before embarking on the massive Born in the USA tour. The intimate setting of The Stone Pony has always helped to create the special connection between fans and artists. The uniqueness of that bond is what really helps set the club apart from other venues, and is what has helped fuel the major growth of The Pony over the last decade.

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BOB & KIM HONECKER

Community Service Award

Kim and Bob Honecker are rock stars of Monmouth County, having been active supporters of many worthy organizations and causes throughout their 40-plus years of marriage. Kim, an artist and past board chair of Monmouth Arts, studied at Moore College of Art, worked in fashion and children's toys in New York City, and was the Art Director for Butterfly Originals, a children’s accessories and sporting goods company, before teaching art in the Freehold Regional High School District. She has been an executive board member of the Dr. Stanley Nichols Pediatric Auxiliary, a vestry member of Christ Church Shrewsbury, and Board of Education member for Red Bank Regional High School. Bob earned his law degree from Widener School of Law and worked for the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office in Freehold for 25 years. Today Bob is with the law firm Ansell, Grimm and Aaron, specializing in criminal defense. He has been involved in community groups such as the Child Advocacy Center, Holiday Express, Brookdale Scholarship Foundation, Boys and Girls Club, and the ASPCA. He was the past President of the Monmouth County Bar Association and is currently President of the 200 Club. In 2020 the Honeckers created “The Family Crime Cast,” a true-crime podcast found on iTunes, Spotify, and Stitcher. Kim is the Executive Producer, Mariah, their daughter, is the Creative Director, and Bob is The Talent.

SUPPORT

BECOME A SPONSOR

All sponsors receive the benefits of VIP ticket holders (Rockin' VIP Party + Gala) plus a full-page color journal ad and special recognition on all printed materials, social media, event signage, and the Monmouth Arts website.

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AD JOURNAL

Journal ads offer prime recognition and benefits for your organization, business, or family. Let us help you design your ad or send us your print-ready PDF or JPG file to teresa@monmoutharts.org.

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SILENT AUCTION DONATIONS

Support Monmouth Arts by donating to our silent auction! In return for your generosity, you will play a major role in strengthening the vast array of Monmouth Arts community and educational programs. Your benefits will include:

  • Recognition on auction signage

  • Recognition in the program handout

  • Recognition on the OneCause auction interface

  • Opportunity to display business cards, literature, and promotional items at the event

Download Auction Donation Form

SAFETY GUIDELINES

​Monmouth Arts is dedicated to making your experience at our gala as safe as possible during these unprecedented times. The health and safety of our arts community is our highest priority. Buying a ticket is an agreement to comply with all social distancing and mask guidelines set forth by local and state governments. Outlined below are safety measures that will be enforced at the event.

  • Attendees must remain seated at their table. 

  • Patrons must wear masks while entering the venue or leaving their table to use the restroom. In addition, masks are required while patrons are not eating/drinking.

  • Dancing will not be permitted.

  • Temperatures will be taken at the door. Patrons with a body temperature of 100.4 or higher will not be permitted to enter. A refund will be issued.

  • Smoking is prohibited, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, e-cigarettes or any other vaping devices

  • Hotel staff will enforce ground rules, which will follow current CDC and State of New Jersey guidelines for outdoor events and dining.