Ocean County College Foundation to Honor Mr. & Mrs. D'Onofrio and The D'Onofrio Foundation as Humanitarians of the Year at Scholarship Celebration


TOMS RIVER, NJ – The Ocean County College Foundation’s 2017 Annual Scholarship Celebration will be held on Friday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m. on the Ocean County College Main Campus in Toms River.  Mr. & Mrs. Dan D’Onofrio and The D’Onofrio Foundation will be honored as Humanitarians of the Year.  Scholarship Celebration proceeds will benefit the mission of the Ocean County College Foundation.

Donato D’Onofrio, known to his friends and colleagues as Dan, has resided in Ocean County, NJ since 1946.  He is married to his wonderful wife, Mary, for 66 years.  Together Dan and Mary raised two sons, DJ and Steven, and have six grandchildren.

Dan established his first bar, The Eisenhower Circle Inn, more than 65 years ago.  In the decades since, Dan has become a major force in the local community.  He has developed prime real estate, operated some of Ocean County’s most recognizable restaurants, and created the Spirits Unlimited brand.  More importantly, Dan is a friend to many, due in large part to his loyalty, quick wit, and great charm.  He has helped countless friends and associates become successful entrepreneurs, which is perhaps why he is one of the most liked and respected personalities in all of Ocean County.

Dan and Mary are true philanthropists at heart and have established their own private foundation that provides financial assistance to many local and national charities.  Some of their charitable undertakings include local student scholarships, St. Joseph’s Church, Community Medical Center, and Ocean County food banks.  They are wholeheartedly committed to giving back to the community that they believe made their success possible.

The Ocean County College Foundation Scholarship Celebration is held annually to assist the Foundation in its mission to make higher education accessible to Ocean County residents through scholarships and awards.  The event will feature a sumptuous gourmet buffet, live entertainment, dancing, and a silent auction.  Individuals and businesses may lend support by purchasing a ticket, becoming a sponsor, or donating an auction item.

The Ocean County College Foundation is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to the growth and development of the College through scholarships, endowments, and capital and special projects.

For information on how to purchase tickets ($200 pp), become a sponsor, or donate an auction item for the 2017 Annual Scholarship Celebration, held on Friday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m., on Ocean County College’s Main Campus in Toms River, call the Ocean County College Foundation at 732-255-0492 or visit www.ocean.edu.

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