The event will honor Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno and Jersey Mike’s Founder and CEO Peter Cancro for their support of Veterans

Holmdel, NJ  – The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation 20th Anniversary Salute to Patriotism Gala will be held October 29, 2015 at Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club. The event will begin with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and a program at 7 p.m. The Gala will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial. Since 1995, the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial has provided a place to honor those who have served and continue to serve our country. The Memorial is a place “To Remember, To Heal, To Honor” through ceremonies and outreach programs.

“I believe that we cannot thank our men and women veterans enough for all the dedication, sacrifice, and strength they display while serving our country. This Memorial brings both recognition and a deep appreciation for their bravery that only a few can exhibit,” said Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno.  “Here in New Jersey, we come together not only as a state or community, but as a family that will forever support our military.”

The Gala will honor Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno and Peter Cancro, founder and CEO of Jersey Mike’s Franchise Systems. Both honorees have had a profound impact on the state of New Jersey and support veterans and active duty military service men and women.

As a proud military mother of her Air Force Academy graduate son, Kevin, Lt. Governor Guadagno has great empathy for active duty service men and women. She headed Military Appreciation Month in May and sponsored the “Dress Our Vets” campaign to provide professional clothing for service-women transitioning from the military to business in New Jersey. As Chair of the New Jersey Military Installation Growth and Development Task Force, she is responsible for securing the long-term growth of New Jersey’s military bases and U.S. Coast Guard installations. She also serves as Secretary of State overseeing the Governor’s Business Development, its $40 billion tourism industry as well as administering programs related to arts, culture and history.

Peter Cancro’s secret to success is his philosophy of “giving.” He believes that making a sub sandwich and making a difference can be one and the same. Charities, hospitals, school systems and numerous individuals have benefited from his support. In March 2015, Jersey Mike’s celebrated its 5th Annual “Month of Giving,” a national fundraising campaign, raising more than $3.1 million for 120+ local charities. Since the program started five years ago, Jersey Mike’s and its generous customers have raised more than $8 million. All year round, through a variety of programs, Jersey Mike’s franchisees across the country support the military and their families.

The Gala will feature an open bar, hors d’Oeuvres, dinner, silent auction and live music. Tickets are $175 for individuals and $350 for couples. Dress is business attire. Moderator for the evening is John Lloyd, President and CEO, Meridian Health.  

Honorees Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno and Peter Cancro are Gala Co-Chairs. Gala Vice Chairs are Linda Kellner, John Reinhardt, Anita Roselle, Harry Sassaman and Carol Stillwell. The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation Board of Trustees are Chairman Clark W. Martin, Robert Briant, Jr., Roy D. Budd, Harry Chowansky III, Francis P. Crotty, James S. Cusick, Beverly Fedorko-Ott, Thomas P. Ford, Ann Kelsey,
Jess Le Vine, Robert W. Looby, James Petillo, Gordon S. Pingicer, W. Peter Ragan, Sr., John C. Ricker, Jack Tully, Michael Warner, Gilbert “Whip” Wilson, Herb Worthington.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 732-335-0033 or visit