The John R. Elliott HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers Announces HEROtini Happening Event Winners

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Winners of HEROtini Mocktail Challenge were awarded at the HEROtini Happening Finals event on Thursday, September 14th at Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club. Thirty-one local bars and restaurants competed all summer and the winners for Best Mocktail Drink, Best Bartender, Best Establishment, Best Herotini Mocktail Name, and more.

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The People’s Choice Award may just be the most important award of the entire event as it recognized the restaurant that spread the most awareness regarding the vital importance of a designated driver.

After a summer-long contest to crown the best mocktail at the shore, the John R. Elliott HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers proudly announced the winners of the HEROtini Mocktail Challenge at the Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club.

Thirty-one local bars and restaurants took on the challenge of competing in three categories: Best HEROtini Mocktail, 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 winner for Best Mocktail Drink was awarded to Tomatoes Restaurant with their No-Jito. The Plum Crazy at Olon Restaurant took second place while the Climate Changer at The Doc’s Palace finished third.

The race for Best Bartender was a close one, but Kathy Ryan of The Windjammer Café-Bar-Grille took the honor. Stephen Olita at A Touch of Italy Restaurant took second and Ryan Jones of Bocca Coal Fired Bistro took third.

In the elusive Best Establishment category, Tomatoes in Margate once again took home the top prize. The Windjammer finished in second place while the Bocca Coal Fired Bistro came in third.

“One of the most popular parts of the campaign was seeing the creativity that not only went into each Mocktini but the creativity that went into the names”, explained William Elliot, CEO and Founder of the HERO Campaign.

The best name was awarded to Bar One for their “The Berry Sobertini.” Second place was awarded to the Vagabond’s “Mint to Get You Home” and third place was awarded to Sofia Restaurant’s “Cherry Lifesaver.”

Finally, the People’s Choice Award for most combined votes was awarded to Sofia Restaurant.

“The People’s Choice Award may just be the most important award of the entire event as it recognized the restaurant that spread the most awareness regarding the vital importance of a designated driver,” said Elliot.

The campaign was a huge success and The HERO Campaign will continue to look at innovative ways to spread its message to make designating a driver as natural as putting on a seatbelt.

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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