Neptune City Official, City Church Director Honored


Anthony “Tony” Campolo, a nationally recognized evangelical and political figure, will be among several New Jersey leaders accepting QSpot Community Awards at the 2018 QSpot Community Awards Jubilee Dinner on June 2 in Belmar.

QSpot Community Awards recognize extraordinary contributions to the LGBT community and QSpot.

This year’s award recipients were selected for their dedication, passion, and commitment, some at great sacrifice, to LGBT rights, justice, and care.

In addition, NJ leaders accepting awards at the event will be Neptune City Councilwoman Pamela Renee, retired NJ Lutheran Church legislative liaison Rev. Bruce Davidson, Trinity Episcopal Church Food and Social Justice Director Derek Minno-Bloom, Ocean Grove United board members Janice Moore and Emily Sonnessa, NJ Association of Women Business Owners member Eileen Shrem, and LGBT advocate and educator Lisa Davis.

For years, Tony Campolo was a popular summer speaker at the Camp Meeting Association’s Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove.  Since 2015, after Tony came out in support of welcoming LGBT people into the church, he has not been invited back to speak at the Great Auditorium.

“We’re grateful that Tony Campolo will be joining us to accept his QSpot Community Award at this year’s event,”  said John Mikytuck, QSpot Executive Director.  “Reverend Campolo has supported QSpot and the LGBT community at great personal and professional sacrifice since 2015, and along with our other award recipients, deserves our appreciation and recognition.  We’re honored to be able to celebrate all that our award recipients have done for the LGBT community and QSpot.”

QSpot’s Community Awards will be presented  Sat., June 2, 6 p.m. at the Riverview Waterfront Pavilion, Belmar.

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