Statement on the Passing of NJ Hall of Fame Member Yogi Berra

Today New Jersey mourns the loss of a neighbor and friend who loved like he lived—with a great and giving heart. While much of the world rightly celebrates Yogi Berra as a giant of the sport he loved, Montclair and his millions of Garden State admirers will know him as a champion for human dignity and the right of every child to learn. Yogi Berra changed lives.

In 2008, Yogi’s induction speech as a member of the inaugural class of the New Jersey Hall of Fame was a simple reminder of his greatest single virtue—humility.

New Jersey Hall of Fame Annual Message for 2015

Board Members & Family of Supporters:

2014 was the NJHOF’s most productive year yet, and we are very excited as we look forward to 2015 and beyond.

The Mobile Museum reached an important milestone in 2014 by attracting more than 100,000 visitors since its launch.

In the process, the mobile has generated extensive positive publicity for our home state and has instilled a sense of pride in all four corners of New Jersey.

We are keeping our expenses low, and at $3 per visitor, we are operating one of the most cost-effective museums in the state.

The first state hall of fame mobile in the nation is also regarded now by industry professionals as one of the more successful mobile museums of any kind in the country, as defined by total visitor count.

Just about every one of our corporate sponsors has renewed their sponsorship for 2015, and $350,000 has been raised in donations and commitments in the last six months of the year.

The 2014 NJHOF Induction Ceremony was a success.

Bruce Springsteen made his third appearance at a NJHOF Induction Ceremony, and several noteworthy personalities participated in this year’s event including many of the Soprano cast members who paid tribute to the late James Gandolfini.

The NJHOF salutes the other  amazing men and women who were inducted this past year whose storied lives earned them a place in our 2014 Class, and we look forward to inducting another stellar class in 2015.

The NJHOF professional team continues to expand with the addition of a new media relations and social media consultant.

Princeton Strategic Communications, one of the more prominent media consultants in the state of New Jersey, has already helped the NJHOF to create a first-rate website in 2014.

The NJHOF’s social media presence and engagement is also growing by the day, thanks in large measure to the talented team at PSC.

The NJHOF is also pleased to announce the addition of Lisa Fielding, one of Johnson & Johnson’s lead communication consultants.

Lisa will be collaborating with the NJHOF’s corporate sponsors and will help to organize their respective mobile tours.

Lisa will also be working closely with the staff at PSC on everything social media and media relations centric, and will continue to publish the NJHOF newsletter. Lisa is already making her mark!

The NJHOF welcomes New Jersey Manufacturers as the most recent prestigious organization to join our growing roster of sponsors.

NJM will join the Regional Council of Carpenters, CCT and PSEG as a title sponsor of the mobile museum.

The NJHOF will continue to secure corporate sponsors and one of our main areas of focus in 2015 will be to make sure the NJHOF is on sound financial footing for the foreseeable future.

The NJHOF will also be collaborating  closely with world renowned architect Michael Graves, designer Ralph Appelbaum and Lynch Associates to retrofit and create the next generation mobile museum.

A capital campaign will commence in 2015 and once the necessary funds are secured, the mobile will undergo a transformation that will result in a mobile experience that is more interactive and immersive, and one that will appeal to children and adults of all ages.

The NJHOF/NJEA Educational Plan is gaining momentum and has several elements that will help to educate our children and remind them they should strive for excellence in any walk of life of their choosing.

Our annual NJEA sponsored Essay Program is entering its 8th year, and thousands of essays have been written to date.

The one hundred page NJEA-authored Curriculum Plan will be redistributed to every public school teacher in NJ, and testimonial letters from educators and students that are being received continue to reassure the NJHOF leadership that our efforts are making a difference in the lives of countless students.

The Legacy Project interviews of all living inductees will continue in earnest in 2015.

The inspiring Governor Kean interview will be available soon on the newly-created NJHOF website screening room, and many more will follow in the years to come.

The NJHOF and NJEA will also unveil soon an annual Scholarship Program that will recognize two deserving seniors every year who exemplify the best of the best.

NJHOF Inductee Hometown Celebrations, a Student Voting Campaign, and a formalized docent program will also round our exciting and high impact educational plan in 2015.

The NJHOF continues to make best efforts to bring the concept of a permanent  museum to reality.

We are exploring with state officials the long-term viability of siting the permanent museum at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, and the NJHOF leadership continues to look for other suitable host sites throughout the state, as well as funding.

The Rock and Roll HOF held 10 induction ceremonies before their state-of- the-art museum was built, and we will certainly strive to do all we can to create a permanent museum in less time.

Perhaps the best accomplishment of all in 2014 was that the NJHOF continues to be a  bipartisan team effort attracting volunteers from all over our great state.

We have a lot yet to accomplish, but we sincerely thank everyone who has brought the NJHOF to this point.

Our supporters are an elite group of New Jerseyans who believe in New Jersey’s future, and believe that it’s a worthwhile mission to preserve our state’s rich heritage and inspire the next generation of leaders.

Together we are going to build an institution that will last for the ages, and one that will have an immeasurable impact on the pride of New Jerseyans.

We look forward to collaborating with you for many years to come as we further the NJHOF mission.


Steve Edwards
John Keegan
Bart Oates
Wayne Hasenbalg

A Red Carpet Invitation

The Board of Commissioners and the Foundation Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Hall of Fame invite you to join them on the Red Carpet for the 7th Annual Red Carpet Induction Ceremony, November 13 at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park, New Jersey. We invite you to consider becoming a sponsor or purchasing one of the premium packages.

Standard Induction Ceremony tickets may be purchased online for $50 plus additional fees from Ticketmaster. Tickets may also be purchased at the Stone Pony box office for an additional $3 fee. The Stone Pony is located at 913 Ocean Avenue in Asbury Park, N.J., at the corner of Second and Ocean.

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New Jersey Hall of Fame Class of 2014 Announced

Induction ceremony slated for this November 13 at the Asbury Park Convention Center

East Rutherford | July 31, 2014 – The New Jersey Hall of Fame’s Board of Commissioners today announced a new class of inductees for 2014. Since 2008, some 80 greats from 15 fields of human endeavor have been inducted including Bruce Springsteen, Buzz Aldrin, Toni Morrison, Thomas Edison, Jon Bon Jovi, Jack Nicholson, Susan Sarandon, Frankie Valli, General Norman Schwarzkopf, Tony Bennett, Queen Latifah, Carl Lewis and Yogi Berra.

New Jersey Hall of Fame Commission Chairman Bart Oates notes, “The New Jersey Hall of Fame honors citizens who have made invaluable contributions to society and the world beyond. Recognizing these great New Jerseyans in such a distinguished and visible way brings this honor directly to our schools, and reinforces the message to children that they can and should strive for excellence in any endeavor of their choosing.”

New Jersey Hall of Fame’s Mobile Museum is the first such mobile hall of fame museum in the nation. Launched last summer, it has visited all corners of the state visiting schools, community events, and corporate celebrations. It offers a dramatic multimedia exhibition utilizing artifacts, images, film and interactive elements to help visitors explore the ways the Hall’s inductees have changed New Jersey and the world: as leaders in their professions and as voices for the voiceless – often against overwhelming odds.

In addition to the Class of 2014 listed below, three recent inductees unable to attend their ceremonies are invited to be officially inducted this year as well: Bill Parcells, Alan Alda, and the E Street Band.

Meet the Class of 2014 Inductees

Arts & LettersArts & Letters

Dorothy Parker

Dorothy ParkerLong Branch (1893-1967)
From growing up in an unhappy childhood, she rose to fame as an acclaimed writer and founding member of Algonquin Round Table. She was also nominated for two Academy Awards for screenwriting.

Brian Williams

Brian WilliamsRidgewood, Middletown (1959- )
Succeeding Tom Brokaw as anchor of NBC Nightly News, he is also the managing editor of the program.


Howard Katz

Howard KatzLivingston (1949- )
Katz is the Senior Vice President of Broadcasting and Media Operations for the NFL, where he oversees the formation of the schedule and selects the prime time games. He has been Senior Vice President of ESPN and President of ABC Sports. Sports Illustrated named him one of the NFL’s biggest power brokers.

Alice Waters

Alice WatersChatham (1944-)
Influential chef who attracted national attention for promoting food education in schools and for being a leading advocate of a stimulus package that works to give every child in the public school system a healthy breakfast and lunch.

Performance ArtsPerformance Arts

Dizzy Gillespie

Dizzy GillespieEnglewood (1917-1993)
In addition to being a renowned jazz trumpet player, he was also a bandleader, singer, composer and teacher. He pioneered Afro-Cuban jazz and has won several Grammy Awards.

James Gandolfini

James GandolfiniWestwood, Park Ridge (1961-2013)
The Rutgers-educated actor won three Emmy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and one Golden Globe for Best Actor for his role as Tony Soprano in HBO’s The Sopranos. He also produced a documentary about the Iraq War and another about PTSD in veterans from 1861 to 2010.

The Shirelles

The ShirellesPassaic (1958- )
The originators of the Girl Group Sound of the fifties and sixties, the Shirelles became rock and roll’s first female super group. Their string of hits is legendary and their influence undeniable.

Public ServicePublic Service

James Florio

James FlorioCamden, Metuchen (1937- )
As a Congressman and Governor, Florio was noted for his environmental record, including authorship of the Superfund law to clean up the nation’s most polluted sites. He was also the winner of a John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.

Peter J. McGuire

Peter J. McGuireCamden (1852-1906)
The founder of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America in 1881, McGuire was the driving force behind the adoption of Labor Day as a national holiday in 1894. He was also a prominent figure in the struggle for the five-day, 40-hour work week.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Elizabeth Cady StantonTenafly (1850- 1902)
Activist, abolitionist and a leading figure in the early women’s rights movement, she helped organize the first women’s rights convention, became the first president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association and co-authored History of Woman Suffrage.


Patrick Ewing

Patrick EwingEnglewood Cliffs (1962- )
Voted by ESPN the 16th greatest college basketball player of all time, he led Georgetown to the 1985 NCAA championship and was College Player of the Year. He was with the NY Knicks for 15 of his 17 NBA seasons and an 11-time All Star. In 1996 he was voted one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. He was also a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist (1984 & 1992).

The 2014 Unsung Hero Award

Maud Dahme

Maude DahmeFlemington (1935- )
Born in the Netherlands, she was one of the Dutch “hidden children,” survived the Holocaust, and came to the United States at the age of 14. She serves on the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Educations, and served on the State Board of Education from 1983–2007, including five years as president. A Holocaust Commission award is named in her honor, and she now devotes her time to Holocaust/Genocide education and guiding groups to Holocaust sites.

About the New Jersey Hall of Fame | The New Jersey Hall of Fame (NJHOF) honors citizens who have made invaluable contributions to society and the world beyond. Since 2008, some 80 notable people from 15 fields of human endeavor have been inducted including: Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Jack Nicholson, Susan Sarandon, Toni Morrison, Buzz Aldrin, Frankie Valli, General Norman Schwarzkopf, Tony Bennett, Queen Latifah, Carl Lewis and Yogi Berra.

The Hall of Fame reinforces the message to children that they can and should strive for excellence in any endeavor of their choosing. By presenting significant and powerful role models and teaching young people about the voting process, the Hall of Fame is a source of learning, inspiration and hope for children. The New Jersey Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization with two collaborating boards working jointly: the New Jersey Hall of Fame Board of Commissioners, administered by the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority, and the New Jersey Hall of Fame Foundation Board of Trustees. For more information on the NJHOF and a full list of the inductees, go to

Bart Oates
Chairman, NJ Hall of Fame Board of Commissioners
New Jersey Hall of Fame
T: (201) 460-4021

New Jersey Hall of Fame Essay Contest announces winners

The New Jersey Hall of Fame was thrilled with the great response to its annual essay contest. Several hundred well-constructed essays arrived and selecting a winner was difficult for the panel of judges. Entries were divided into two age categories: Intermediate (grades 4 through 8) and High School (grades 9-12). Each winning student gets an NJHOF Mobile Museum visit for his or her school.

The Intermediate winner is Kyra Fischer, a fourth grader at Parkway Elementary in Mt. Laurel. She wrote about Meghan Vizzard, a 14-year old who started Cozies4Chemo, an organization which makes blankets for cancer patients.

The High School winner is Scott Berger, a junior at Pascack Hills High School, who write about his Biology teacher Dr. Martin Edelberg.

Meet the Inductee Class of 2013

2013 Inductees

Front row (left to right): Joetta Clark Diggs, Cissy Houston, Dionne Warwick, Kathleen DiChiara (the Unsung Hero Award recipient as founder of Community FoodBank of New Jersey), Bunny Jenkins (Grover Cleveland), Bobbi Brown | Back row (left to right): Governor Tom Kean, Ray Chambers, Joe Piscopo, J. Seward Johnson, Jr., Dave Howell (Grover Cleveland), Billy and Vincent Cream (“Jersey Joe” Walcott).