The John R. Elliott HERO Campaign for Designated Driers Announces HEROtini Happening Finals at Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club

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The foundation can’t thank every establishment that took on the HEROtini challenge this summer enough.

After a summer long contest to crown the best mocktini at the shore, the John R. Elliott HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers is proud to announce the winners of the HEROtini Mocktail Challenge will be awarded at the HEROtini Happening Finals event Thursday, September 14th at Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club.

Thirty-three local bars and restaurants have taken on the challenge of competing in four categories: Best HEROtini Mocktail, Best HEROtini Drink Name, Top HEROtini Bartender, and Top HERO Establishment in order to promote the critical role of Designated Drivers.

After collecting more than 350,000 votes since Memorial Day, the top ten finalists have been chosen. The ten finalists, in no particular order, are:


  •     Sofia’s Restaurant
  •     A Touch of Italy
  •     Windjammer
  •     The Palm
  •     Tomatoe’s
  •     Ducktown
  •     The Doc’s Place
  •     Olon
  •     Gregory’s
  •     The Anchorage

The judges for the event have also been revealed for the HEROtini Happening Finals Event. They are:

  •     Nicole Gaffney – Personal Chef and Business Owner – Known as runner-up in Next Food Network Star competition
  •     Nancy Adler –Popular nutritionist and talk show host
  •     Michal Brennan – Owner of Cardinal Bistro and winner of Food Network’s “Cook or Con” T.V. competition.
  •     Dan Skeldon – Chief Meteorologist at NBC 40 and Press of Atlantic City
  •     Taylor Amerman – Corporate Responsibility Manager, Brown-Forman, Inc.
  •     Robin Stoloff – Health and Wellness Reporter, SNJ Today in Millville, NJ
  •     Pamela Dollak – Editor of Flavor Magazine, A.C. Weekly and At the Shore

The judges will select the winner of the BEST HEROtini Mocktail from among the 10 finalists at the event. The three additional awards up for grabs have been determined by votes received this summer.

“The foundation can’t thank every establishment that took on the HEROtini challenge this summer enough,” said Bill Elliott, founder of the HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers.

Elliott continued, “Their refreshing drinks serve as proof you can still have fun and enjoy yourself while being a designated driver!”

The competition is presented by D’Amato Law Firm, Brown-Forman, Iron Workers Local 399, Viking Yachts, The William Healey Foundation, Wawa and The Press of Atlantic City, along with challenge sponsors AtlantiCare, the Metropolitan Business & Citizens Association, the John F. Scarpa Foundation and Guthrie Glass & Mirror.

About The John R. Elliott HERO Campaign:

The HERO Campaign was established by the family of Navy Ensign John Elliott of Egg Harbor Township, NJ, who was killed in a July 2000 collision with a drunken driver two months after graduating from the United States Naval Academy. The Campaign is now saving lives in seven states in partnership with law enforcement; schools and colleges; federal and state highway safety organizations; the licensed beverage industry; professional sports teams including the Philadelphia Phillies, the New York Football Giants, and the New England Patriots; Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby; and Keeneland Race Course, home of the 2015 Breeder’s Cup. Since its inception in 2000, the HERO Campaign has grown into a major grassroots movement to prevent impaired driving that has received national recognition and awards. It has also helped to reduce alcohol-related fatalities and incidents, including a 35 percent reduction in DUI fatalities in New Jersey and other states over the past decade. For more information visit HEROcampaign.org or call 609-626-3880.

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