Sarah Dash died in September, but her words echoed loud and clear Saturday night as the music great was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame.

The hall, with the permission of Dash’s family, shared the singer’s prerecorded remarks in full at the virtual ceremony, hosted by Asbury Park’s own Danny DeVito.

“I am so thankful to be a part of the New Jersey Hall of Fame,” she said, her bright pink lipstick and striped blouse picking up the blush tones on her nails and the roses behind her. “It means very much to me.”

“And I’m going to get my gitchi ya-ya da-das by telling you that if it wasn’t for Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles and Labelle, I would not be sitting here tonight. Studying music has been a very important part to me. Being the music and arts ambassador for the city of Trenton means more.”

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