New Jersey Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2016
The New Jersey Hall of Fame announced the 15 newest inductees to be honored at this year’s Induction Ceremony on May 7, 2017, at Convention Hall in Asbury Park. The Class of 2016 includes:
- ARTS & LETTERS: Author Carol Higgins Clark and news anchor Connie Chung.
- ENTERPRISE: Businessman Alfred Koeppe and founder of NY Waterway Arthur Imperatore, Sr.
- PERFORMING ARTS: Singer, composer, actress, entertainer, and publisher Connie Francis, actress and TV personality Kelly Ripa, actor Ray Liotta, pop-rock musician Tommy James, and rapper Wyclef Jean of The Fugees.
- PUBLIC SERVICE: Non-denominational spiritual teacher and activist Peace Pilgrim and United States Army officer Philip Kearny.
- SPORTS: Professional soccer midfielder Carli Lloyd, Olympian and basketball Hall of Famer Carol Blazejowski, heavyweight boxer Chuck Wepner, and NFL Pro-bowler Rosey Grier.
- UNSUNG HERO: To be announced in April.
All living inductees are expected to attend the 2016 Induction Ceremony; a friend or family member will represent inductees who have passed. The New Jersey Hall of Fame may select additional inductees based on their availability for the ceremony.
John Keegan, Chairman Emeritus of the NJHOF Foundation Board said:
Induction into the New Jersey Hall of Fame is the highest civilian honor that our State can bestow on someone. It’s a celebration of New Jersey and its greatest achievers, and a recognition of role models for our next generation. This is New Jersey’s version of the Academy Awards, so attendees can expect some surprise celebrity appearances."
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