New Jersey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to be Held at Asbury Park's Iconic Convention Hall on November 13, 2014

ASBURY PARK, N.J., Oct. 28, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The New Jersey Hall of Fame announces the 7th Annual "Red Carpet" Induction Ceremony to be held at the Asbury Park Convention Hall on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 7:00 PM. The event will honor 12 of New Jersey's most distinguished citizens as new inductees into the New Jersey Hall of Fame family, including: Brian Williams, Governor James Florio, Alice Waters, and The Shirelles.

NJHOF New Inductee James Gandolfini

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There will be a special tribute to new inductee James Gandolfini from David Chase, the creator of The Sopranos, and several cast members from the celebrated show, including Vincent Curatola, who will also serve as the evening's Master of Ceremonies. Additionally, #1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben, a New Jerseyan himself, will have the honor of inducting legendary writer Dorothy Parker.

"This year's NJHOF Induction Ceremony will be our best one yet, featuring live musical performances, moving tributes, and plenty of special surprises," stated Bart Oates, Chair of the Board of Commissioners and former New York Giant.

"We wanted an upbeat awards show with an emphasis on music, which is why we brought the show to Asbury Park this year," said Gail Gordon, Vice Chair of the Hall of Fame Commission and the event's co chair. John Graham, Gordon's co-chair added, "We expect a great turnout of over 1,000 people, including special guests, sponsors, and members of the media. The event is anticipated to raise over $200,000 for the educational mission of the New Jersey Hall of Fame."

Established in 2006 by the NJ Legislature, the New Jersey Hall of Fame honors New Jerseyans who have made invaluable contributions to society and the world, helping to inspire state pride in the young people of New Jersey through powerful local role models. The organization selects inductees based on five categories: Arts & Letters, Enterprise, Performance Arts, Public Service and Sports.

Since 2008, some 70 notable New Jerseyans from 15 fields of human endeavor have been inducted including: Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Woodrow Wilson, Jack Nicholson, Bruce Springsteen, Meryl Streep, Tony Bennett, Martha Stewart, Whitney Houston, and Yogi Berra.

The ceremony will keep with the "taste of the shore" theme, offering food stations reflecting the best of Jersey Shore food and beverages to be sampled by sponsors and guests. There will also be an opportunity for attendees to meet this year's inductees and celebrity guests.

Induction Ceremony tickets and premium sponsorship packages are available through Performance Only tickets are $50 plus fees and are on sale via Ticketmaster or the Stone Pony box office in Asbury Park.

For more information on the 2014 Red Carpet Induction Ceremony, please contact Karen Geisel at or 518.421.3435.

About the New Jersey Hall of Fame

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

CONTACT: Karen Geisel 518.421.3435

Source:NJ Hall of Fame