Class Of 2016 Includes Connie Chunk, Kelly Ripa & NFL Legend Rosey Grier
The 2017 New Jersey Hall of Fame induction ceremony – which honors the 2016 class of inductees – is May 7 at the Convention Hall on the Asbury Park Boardwalk.
There will be 15 people inducted at the event, which is open to the public (see below for ticket prices). The inductees are from television, sports, the performing arts, public service and two other categories.
The 2016 class is:
- 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, former President and General Manager of the WNBA New York Liberty Carol Blazejowski, heavyweight boxer Chuck Wepner, and NFL Pro-bowler Rosey Grier.
- UNSUNG HERO: To be announced.
“Induction into the New Jersey Hall of Fame is the highest civilian honor that our State can bestow on someone,” said John Keegan, Chairman Emeritus of the NJHOF Foundation Board.
“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.”
Tickets to attend the Hall of Fame ceremony, and the preceding red carpet arrival, are $30-40 for each.
The NJHOF honors citizens who have made invaluable contributions to society, the State of New Jersey, and the world. Since 2008, more than 100 notable individuals and groups have been inducted into this Hall of Fame.