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Monmouth Arts is proud to announce the Golden Celebration – Cheers to 50 Years of Art, commemorating 50 years of service as the leading arts organization in Monmouth County. This milestone event will be held on Friday, September 23, in the Blu Grotto’s stunning landscaped gardens in historic Monmouth Park. Guests will toast, dine and groove to the funky sounds of the Moroccan Sheepherders, enjoy unique art experiences, and bid on artfully curated silent and live auction packages. 


Throughout this incredible evening, we will recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of chef David Burke, musician Jake Clemons, actor Vincent Pastore, restaurateur Marilyn Schlossbach, business leader CentraState Healthcare System and the Junior League of Monmouth County. Join us in honoring these community leaders who have made a difference in the arts! 

Friday, September 23, 2022
The Garden at the Blu Grotto

200 Port Au Peck Avenue, Oceanport

Heart of Gold VIP Party: 5:30 PM

Includes wine, beer, and musical entertainment by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Celebration Event: 6:30 PM

Suggested attire is cocktail or business. Flat shoes are recommended as we will be on the grass.

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Chef David Burke

Artistic Achievement Award in Culinary Arts

Blurring the lines between chef, artist, entrepreneur, and inventor, world-renowned David Burke is a leading pioneer in modern American cuisine. Raised in Monmouth County, NJ, he has launched dozens of restaurants and food-related businesses across the globe. He has authored two cookbooks and competed in two seasons on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters. Chef Burke makes regular appearances on major news networks and is often sought after by top journalists as a hospitality spokesman. Chef Burke has been a lifelong collector and supporter of contemporary artists. He often incorporates original works of art as part of his restaurants’ décor and concepts. Throughout his career, Chef Burke has led by example and maintained a strong charitable presence within the communities where his businesses are located. Internationally awarded, celebrity chef David Burke is a culinary artist, entrepreneur, inventor, and art collector with unbounded imagination and an endless hunger for knowledge.

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Jake Clemons

Artistic Achievement Award in Musical Arts

Gifted singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Jake Clemons is a magnet for positive energy and emotion, consistently sharing stories and thoughts about life, his beliefs, and experiences through music. Jake’s vast array of musical endeavors over the last 12 years have made him a familiar figure around the world. During that time, Jake has released three albums and one EP and toured the world to perform his music with The Jake Clemons Band, as well as touring and recording with Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. Jake has also recorded and/or performed with Eddie Vedder, Glen Hansard, Tom Morello, Prophets of Rage, Roger Waters and US Girls.

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Vincent Pastore

Artistic Achievement Award in Performing Arts

Vincent Pastore was a former nightclub owner in New Rochelle, New York, from 1967 to 1987. He left the club business to pursue an acting career when he was 42 years old. His first film True Love, a 1989 American comedy starring Annabella Sciorra, won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1989 Sundance Film Festival. Vincent worked as a day player for many years and did extra work until he landed a co-starring role in The Jerky Boys: A Movie with Alan Arkin and the 1996 HBO television movie Gotti, alongside Armand Assante. In 1999, Vincent was cast in The Sopranos, where he played the character Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero. That same year, the cast of The Sopranos won a SAG Award for Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series. His film credits include Made, Revolver, The Hurricane, Deuces Wild, and Serving Sara. Other television credits include Witness to the Mob and the Practice. Recently Vincent appeared in Hulu’s Wu-Tang Clan: An American Saga, Hawaii Five-0, and Blue Bloods. Upcoming films include Don Q with Armand Assante, Tim Bogarts' film Spinning Gold based on the life of his father Niel Bogart, and presently he is working on Gravesend, a TV series about the Brooklyn mob. Vincent's Broadway credits include Chicago, Bullets Over Broadway, and Off-broadway credits Lamppost Reunion and Queen for a Day. He is the co-founder of the Renegade Group with Maureen Van Zandt. Vincent teaches acting at HB Studio in New York City and has a new film Bases Empty at the Staten Island Film Festival with cast members, Lou Vitulli and Armand Madeo.

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Marilyn Schlossbach

Humanitarian Award

Marilyn Schlossbach transcends the boundaries of the kitchen as an entrepreneur, mother, and active citizen spearheading social and environmental initiatives. Her passion for travel, the arts, and the ocean has created a unique culture of elevated vacation cuisine, reflected in her restaurants, venues, and projects; Langosta Lounge, Pop’s Garage, White Chapel Projects, Salt Water Market, Asbury Park Yacht Club, Food For Thought By The Sea, Cocoa Boat Chocolate, and Oshin Oil.  Marilyn’s community-driven work goes beyond her restaurants, advocating for sustainable agriculture, accessible culinary and hospitality training, and dining destinations that help underserved communities flourish. 

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Junior League of Monmouth County

Community Service Award

The Junior League of Monmouth County is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving our community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The JLMC's 200 members live in both Monmouth and Ocean counties and annually give over 20,000 hours collectively to the community. Following in the footsteps of the League’s founders since 1939, today’s JLMC members are at the forefront of tackling society’s thorniest issues—addressing and acting as advocates on an array of critical issues including period poverty, teen self-esteem, food justice, and human trafficking among others—for the express purpose of enhancing the social, cultural, and political fabric of our society. The JLMC is 100% volunteer run and relies on the dues of its members and the support of the community to continue its work. 

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CentraState Healthcare System

Business Leadership Award

CentraState Healthcare System, a partner of Atlantic Health System, is a fully accredited, not-for-profit, community-based health system that provides comprehensive health services in the central New Jersey region. In addition to offering a full range of leading-edge diagnostic and treatment options, CentraState serves as a valuable health partner focused on the latest ways to prevent disease, promote healthy behaviors, and help people of all ages live life well. Based in Freehold, CentraState is comprised of a 284-bed acute-care hospital, a vibrant health and wellness campus, three award-winning senior living communities, a charitable foundation, and four convenient satellite health pavilions. The system also offers a family medicine residency and geriatric fellowship training program in affiliation with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Among its many honors and accreditations, CentraState is one of less than two percent of hospitals nationwide to earn Magnet® designation for nursing excellence four times. To learn more, visit


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