For the more formal, special event dinner one of the great spots in New Jersey is Buona Sera in Red Bank. We had a great meeting/dinner with our team on Thursday night.

The service from Danielle, Julian, and Chris was top-notch and superb. Friendly, accommodating, and professional, I knew we were in good hands when I got there. Chris the owner was also on hand as the restaurant was filled with patrons including many grabbing a meal before seeing a show at the Basie Center.

We were celebrating an outstanding second quarter for our Common Sense organizations and kicking off the next phase of growth. Buona Sera provided the perfect atmosphere for our team and we will definitely be back.

Jodi and I cut our around 8:00 p.m. to head to Point Pleasant for an event at the iconic Jersey Shore hot spot, Martell's Tiki Bar. It was great to meet owner Scott and support an important cause, Common Ground Grief Center.

The charity is dedicated to helping kids, teens, and young adults who have lost a parent or sibling. The place was packed with supporters and a huge financial success. It was great hanging with Rich Bodmer, former NFL place, Nascar driver, professional stunt driver, and friend who invited us in.

Bill Spadea, Scott (owner of Martell's), Rich Bodmer
Bill Spadea, Scott (owner of Martell's), Rich Bodmer

The venue is certainly a must-visit for trips to the Jersey Shore this summer and the charity is now on our radar for future events and promotion.

Clambake at Martell's for Common Ground
Clambake at Martell's for Common Ground

Thanks to everyone at Martell's who made the night a huge success.

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