Mourning the Passing of NJ Hall of Fame Member Steve Kalafer

Known equally for his business prowess and philanthropic endeavors, Steve Kalafer spent his life to help his fellow New Jerseyans and people in need.

Kalafer built one of the most respected and successful auto franchises in the country and was chairman of the Flemington Car and Truck Country Family of Brands.

He was also owner of the beloved Somerset Patriots baseball team of Bridgewater, which was recently named a Class AA affiliate of the New York Yankees. He was known for his incredible philanthropy, serving as co-chair of the Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation, which helps victims of domestic violence, as well as treasurer of The Actor’s Fund, a non-profit group that provides emergency assistance and social services to those in the entertainment industry.

During his induction speech at the 2020 New Jersey Hall of Fame ceremony, he stressed the importance of giving back and making our community a better place to live and work.

“Our roles as entrepreneurs, as capital formation builders, as job builders is to make certain that every day, we go out to work so that the dreams of others can be met; to be entrepreneurial in the giving back business.”