The Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce Foundation has established the Hunterdon County Business Hall of Fame to honor current and past business leaders, businesses and organizations, who have made important contributions to the community. The first class of Hall of Fame laureates will be honored during an induction ceremony at the Ryland Inn on September 14th.
“The Hunterdon County Business Hall of Fame will bring a spotlight to those that have demonstrated exceptional leadership, innovation, ethics and vision,” said Foundation Board Member Rosemary Fellner, Chief Marketing Officer with Unity Bank. “Hunterdon County has a rich history of business and industry and we hope to share and preserve these great stories. Part of the Foundation’s mission is to inspire entrepreneurs and one way we can do that is to recognize the many successful leaders we are fortunate to have in the business community.”
The Business Hall of Fame will have a permanent display at the Foundation, in the historic Reading-Large House in Flemington. A traveling kiosk for the Hall of Fame will be exhibited throughout the county at businesses, public locations and schools. The kiosk will share videos featuring honorees and their contributions to Hunterdon County.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. at the Ryland Inn, 115 Old Highway 28, Whitehouse Station. Tickets are $200 each for the fundraising event, which will also include a silent auction with donated items from local artists available. Sponsorships are also available ranging from $500 to $5,000. The event is black tie optional with hors d’oeuvres, elegant serving stations, beverages and dessert provided. For more information, please contact the Foundation at (908) 782-7115 or visit www.hunterdon-chamber.org.
The Foundation Board annually will select inductees to the Hall of Fame in several categories. The 2017 inductees and the honor they will receive are:
· Custom Alloy: Pioneer Award – a business established 100 or more years ago that brought growth, prestige and new industry to early Hunterdon County;
· Peter G. Verniero, former New Jersey Supreme Court Justice and Attorney General; and the Creter Family, Flemington Granite and Architectural Supply: Distinguished Leader – individuals that have enhanced the community, fostered business and community partnership through their leadership, courageous thought and entrepreneurial spirit;
· ShopRite of Hunterdon County: Contemporary Award – a commercial, for-profit business established less than 100 years ago currently operating and based in Hunterdon County that brings economic growth, prosperity and innovation to the community; and
· George Large and Edwin Large; and Red Mill Museum Village: Essence of Hunterdon – an organization or individual that has enhanced the community, fostered business and community partnership through leadership, courageous thought and entrepreneurial spirit.
“The Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the Hunterdon County Business Hall of Fame and the inaugural inductees for 2017,” said Chris Phelan, Chamber Foundation President. “The mission and goal of the Hunterdon County Business Hall of Fame and the Chamber Foundation is to support the growth of business and entrepreneurism in Hunterdon County. The Hunterdon County Business Hall of Fame will be inspirational based on the inductees individual legacies and contributions to the County business community. I think it will be a great tool to fuel momentum as we strive for economic growth in Hunterdon County.”
The mission of the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce Foundation is to effectively focus the skills and resources of the Greater Hunterdon County business community and advance the interests of the Hunterdon County business community through business resources, economic & workforce development, leadership development, tourism, philanthropy, and the promotion of civic, educational, cultural and economic interests of the region. The Foundation recently has purchased the Historic Large House located in Flemington and is undergoing a massive restoration to establish the Unity Bank Center for Business & Entrepreneurship.