Steven Van Zandt, The Four Seasons, Gloria Gaynor, Steve Forbes, Carli Lloyd, and Buddy Valastro were just a few of the inductees of this year’s 10th anniversary New Jersey Hall of Fame induction ceremony held May 6th at the Paramount Theatre on Asbury Park’s boardwalk.
The evening, hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, was a mix of inspiration and acknowledgment of success stories right here in the Garden State. We heard the history and stories behind each Class of 2017 inductee (told by a fellow NJ Hall of Famer), followed by a heartfelt acceptance speech.
New Jersey Hall of Fame Honors Greatness in New Jersey
The New Jersey Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization created in 2008 to tell the story and honor New Jersey’s legends on their path to extraordinary greatness. The organization honors the accomplishments of Garden State citizens who have overcome every imaginable obstacle and challenge to achieve success. They have survived war, overcome the bleakness of poverty, conquered fear and disability and rebounded from untold rejections and failure. Their stories offer boundless hope and inspiration for millions of New Jerseyans.
The New Jersey Hall of Fame kicked off in 2008 with an inaugural class consisting of some of the most well-known NJ residents including Buzz Aldrin, Clara Barton, Yogi Berra, Bill Bradley, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Malcolm Forbes, Gen. Robert Wood Johnson III, Vince Lombardi, Toni Morrison, Norman Schwarzkopf, Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, Meryl Streep and Harriet Tubman.
New Jersey Hall of Fame Mobile Musuem
The New Jersey Hall of Fame Mobile Museum is a mobile museum built to share the stories of true greatness in New Jersey in an easily accessible format that comes to you. Every year, the Mobile Museum welcomes thousands of visitors in communities across the Garden State to share the power of images, artifacts, film and a suite of interactive tools, and tell the story of New Jersey’s leaders and legends.
The 53-foot double-expandable trailer is transformed on location to 850 square feet of stunning exhibition space, and is available for school, non-profit, corporate or private events to bring a fun little piece of New Jersey history to your guests. NJ Hall of Fame Mobile Museum was designed by Hall of Fame inductee, celebrated architect and designer, Michael Graves, and Ralph Appelbaum Associates, renowned planner and designer of museum exhibitions.
The work of the New Jersey Hall of Fame, and its flagship New Jersey Hall of Fame Mobile Museum is made possible through the generosity of corporate sponsorships and countless others who believe in their essential mission. NJHOF is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and contributions are fully tax deductible. To learn more about the Museum or make a contribution, please visit njhalloffame.org.