John R. Elliott HERO Campaign to Hold 15th Anniversary Brunch

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - The John R. Elliott HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers will hold a 15th Anniversary gala brunch on Sunday, July 19th at 11 a.m. at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club in Galloway Township.
The keynote speaker for the brunch will be retired United Sates Navy Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby. He commanded the day-to-day operations of 150 logistical and special mission vessels for the Navy and other services.
"We are honored to have Admiral Buzby as our keynote speaker," said William Elliott, chairman of the HERO Campaign. "With our dedication to our country and his unselfish commitment to the service of others, he epitomizes the spirit of the HERO campaign and our son's legacy."
Buzby also was instrumental in having the Navy Fleet Forces Command join the state of Virginia in adopting the Hero Campaign in 2008.
The HERO Campaign was established by the family of Navy Ensign John Elliott of Egg Harbor Township. Elliott was killed in a July 2000 collision with a drunken driver two months after graduating from the United States Naval Academy. Elliott was traveling from Annapolis, MD to his home at the Jersey Shore for his mother's birthday celebration.
The brunch will be a celebration of the progress that has been made to promote "Be a HERO. Be a Designated Driver." It also will highlight the many programs and events that have taken place since Elliott's passing.
"This life-saving campaign, established a memory of our son John and all victims of DUI, has grown into a mult-state movement to prevent drunk driving by promoting the use of safe and sober designed drivers," said William Elliott. "We continue to focus our efforts on promoting and building the HERO campaign and heeding the campaign's message of using designated drivers."
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