The Hammonton Lions Club held its 27th annual Citizen of the Year Dinner on April 14 and honored Lindsey Giannini, Miss New Jersey, 2015 at Tomasello Winery with 130 people in attendance.

Giannini was honored for her outstanding service to Hammonton and to New Jersey.

“Lindsey, who is role model for young people, embodies the Lions’ motto, ‘We Serve,’” said Lisa DeKlerk, club president. “One of Lindsey’s main accomplishments was the development of a ‘Stay Alive - Don’t Text & Drive’ campaign resulting in the passage of Nikki’s Law in New Jersey and similar laws throughout the country and abroad.”

During the program, Giannini was presented with proclamations from Hammonton Mayor Steve DiDonato, Joseph Howarth and Maria Rodriguez-Gregg from the NJ Assembly, Michael Francis representing U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, the Atlantic County Board of Freeholders and the Atlantic County Executive. Gov. Chris Christie sent a letter of congratulations. Those who spoke about Giannini from a personal perspective included Dr. Kristina Erman, principal of W.E. Sooy Elementary School; Thomas Ramsey, principal of Hammonton High School; Fidel Garcia from the Miss New Jersey Education Foundation; Lindsey Petrosh, Miss New Jersey, 2012; and her sister, Kristin Cavalucci.

The evening ended with the presentation of the Hammonton Lions 2016 Citizen of the Year plaque by President Lisa DeKlerk and Chairperson Loretta Rehmann. The club gave a $500 donation to the honoree’s choice of charity, which is the Miss New Jersey Education Foundation for scholarships. Giannini was also presented with the Lions’ commemorative throw honoring Hammonton’s Sesquicentennial.

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