AC’s Friends in Action, Heroes of Your Hometown Honors Community Leaders


By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media

ATLANTIC CITY — The nonprofit Friends in Action and the Heroes of Your Hometown Committee named the 2022 recipients of the Heroes of Your Hometown during a ceremony last week in the Fannie Lou Hamer Room of the Stockton University Atlantic City campus.

Stockton University President Dr. Harvey Kesselman and Atlantic City councilman Kaleem Shabazz were just two of the winners named on May 19 recognizing people who are making a difference in their communities.

“Heroes Of Your Hometown is a way for the community to give back to the people, businesses, and organizations that have served them,” organizers said. “Each year, a selected number of individuals are chosen by a committee after nomination to receive various honors which includes Hometown Hero awards. To date, Friends in Action Incorporated and the committee has honored over 300 Honorees since 2015.”

In a statement, Friends in Action Inc. thanked the committee “for scouring their city to find treasures and unsung Heroes. To our wonderful Chairwoman Mrs. Jodi Burroughs, you are a BEAST. We Love and appreciate you and all you do for the Atlantic City, New Jersey community.”

The Heroes of Your Hometown awardees included:

  • Ione Ortiz, Lifetime & Hero Of Your Hometown
  • Ernest Coursey, Lifetime
  • Ray Coursey Sr., Legendary
  • Anthony Catanoso, Ambassador
  • Mersadies Bonilla, Ambassador
  • Asad Nammour, Ambassador
  • Nimer Nammour, Ambassador
  • Issa Nammour, Ambassador
  • Saqer Nammour, Ambassador
  • Dr. Harvey Kesselman, Ed.D. Hero Of Your Hometown
  • Mark Sagusti, Hero Of Your Hometown
  • Frank Turner, Hero Of Your Hometown
  • Zach Katzen, Hero Of Your Hometown
  • Eric Mccoy, Hero Of Your Hometown
  • Joyce Hagen, Hero Of Your Hometown
  • Marc Berman, Hero Of Your Hometown
  • Larry Hazzard, Hero Of Your Hometown
  • Keith Vaile, Hero Of Your Hometown
  • Michael Cupeles, Hero Of Your Hometown
  • Elijah Langford, Appreciation High Distinction
  • Isaiah Langford, Appreciation High Distinction
  • Jessica Grullon, Appreciation High Distinction
  • Robert Lee, Appreciation High Distinction
  • Burnell Brown, Appreciation High Distinction
  • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Upsilon Alpha Chapter of Atlantic City, Appreciation High Distinction
  • Faces 4 Autism, Appreciation High Distinction
  • Mu Beta Phi Military Fraternity Inc.Tri State Kings Chapter,” Appreciation High Distinction
  • Ahmad Huckby-Davis, Appreciation High Distinction
  • Dr. Juanita High, Appreciation High Distinction
  • Kaleem Shabazz, Appreciation High Distinction
  • Stephen Head, Appreciation High Distinction
  • Roxana Perez Nieves, Appreciation
  • Victoria Jenkins, Appreciation
  • Everything Free / Jasmine Nieves, Appreciation
  • One Kind Act A Month, Appreciation
  • Municipal Utilities Authority of Atlantic City, Appreciation
  • Milton Chowdhury, Appreciation
  • Mohammed Zahirul Islam, Appreciation

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