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New Jersey Agricultural Society holds annual gala

MONROE, NJ — The New Jersey Agricultural Society drew a large crowd to its annual gala, held this year Friday evening, March 28, at the Forsgate Country Club, here.

About 250 people — mostly members of the agricultural society as well as others involved in the state's agricultural sector — enjoyed the evening's festivities, according to Noble F. McNaughton, president of the society, which was established in 1781 and is the AgGala897Joni Elliott received the New Jersey Agricultural Society's 2014 President's Award from Noble F. McNaughton, president of the society, during the society's annual gala Friday evening, March 28, at the Forsgate Country Club in Monroe, NJ. (Photo by Gordon M. Hochberg)oldest agricultural organization of its type in the nation.

The evening's activities included a silent auction and casino-type games, with all proceeds going to the society's three main programs — New Jersey Farmers Against Hunger, Learning Through Gardening, and the New Jersey Agricultural Leadership Development Program — as well as to administration of the society itself, McNaughton told The Produce News.

Following dinner, the society presented five awards.

Cynthia Terranova, health and physical education teacher at Delaware Township School in Sergeantsville, NJ, received the 2014 Teacher of the Year Award. Capaldi Farms in Port Norris, NJ, and Holtzhauser Farms in Mullica Hill, NJ, each received a 2014 Century Farm Award. Joni Elliott, who served in both the public and private arenas, including many years with the New Jersey Department of Agriculture before retiring from state service in November 2012, received the 2014 President's Award. And James E. Johnson received the 2014 Gold Medallion Award for his many and varied contributions to agriculture in New Jersey.