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NJ Ad Club Announces Inductees for Advertising Hall of Fame of New Jersey

#HipNJ spoke with NJ Ad Club President Franco Zito about the 2016 inductees for the Advertising Hall of Fame of New Jersey. Inductees will be honored at a gala awards ceremony at the Highlawn Pavilion in West Orange.

This honor is bestowed annually on professionals who have made significant, lasting contributions to the advertising industry in New Jersey. Criteria used to evaluate if an individual qualifies for the Hall of Fame include the extent to which they have demonstrated creativity and professional integrity.

“Once we get all the nominations in, there is a committee that reviews the submissions,” Zito says. This committee is made up of board members, as well as previous Hall of Fame inductees. The nominees are scored according to a specific criteria, and those with the highest scores across the committee are then chosen to be inducted.

Inductees include Sally Glick, Sobel & Co., LLC; Ed Kessel, Sound Imagination, Inc; Jessica Levin, Seven Degrees Communications, LLC; Tom Marguccio, SCG Advertising & Public Relations and Monica Smith, Marketsmith, Inc..

“I am so excited about this year’s Advertising Hall of Fame Nominees,” Zito says. “The tremendous achievement of these individuals is indicative of the type of talent available in New Jersey and the NJ Ad Club. I congratulate this year’s winners and am humbled by their awesome achievements.”

The NJ Ad Club promotes industry resources, creates a dialogue on issues of importance to the advertising community, helps members develope new skills, and provides opportunities for business relationships with New Jersey-based companies.

“Our goal is to make sure we are recognizing advertising industry in New Jersey for all of its accomplishments, and making sure we have a place where we can network as an industry within the state,” Zito says. “We want to share accomplishments, network, and let people know who we are and what we can do for the industry.”

For more information about the NJ Ad Club, visit their website.

Immaculate Conception High School Gala Dinner Honors Distinguished Bergen County Supporters

The annual Immaculate Conception High School Gala Dinner, “A Night to Shine” took take place on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at the Estate at Florentine Gardens in River Vale. The ICHS community joined together to celebrate this year’s Hall of Fame honorees and to celebrate the next 100 years of ICHS.

The focus of the evening was to honor and showcase outstanding individuals for their commitment to ICHS, inducting them into the Hall of Fame. Inductees included Joseph R. Azzolino, Wanda Huderski ’67, Sister Mary Fidelma Klutkowski, C.S.S.F (posthumously), Stephen and Diane LoIacono, Sister Theresa Mary Martin, C.S.S.F., Joseph and Dorothy Mastropaolo, Sister Marilyn Marie Minter, C.S.S.F., Michael Nardino, Gregory Vasilik, and Tara Lynn Wagner ’90.

The evening introduced the inaugural “Shooting Star” awards. The Shooting Star Award was created to spotlight current ICHS students for their amazing energy, creative spirit, and unwavering commitment to the Felician Core Values. The students who received the award were Seniors Jacqueline Zegler and Alexandra Barbelet, Juniors Jennifer Single and Melissa DeFrancesco, and Sophomores Victoria Veloz-Vicioso and Victoria NiCastro.


“Tonight’s honorees shine forth by living the Felician core values so important to ICHS community. They truly are extraordinary and contribute to the enduring sprit of IC High,” Joseph R. Azzolino, master of ceremonies, said.

As a special surprise, the night’s highest honor, The Centennial Award, was presented to Sister M. Annelle Velivis, C.S.S.F ’60, past ICHS principal and friend of the school.

With an impressive turn-out of over 215 guests, the evening ended with a closing prayer by honoree, Sister Marilyn Minter, and a dance party that welcomed guests and honorees to sing along to We Are Family by Sister Sledge.

“So many people have put heart and soul into ICHS and to honor them as well as our Felician Sisters was just magical. It is heartwarming to know that there are so many kind souls in the world. I feel really blessed and am already looking forward to next year’s gala,” Joseph R. Azzolino, President/Principal, said.

Immaculate Conception High School educates and transforms students into young women of competence, compassion, and commitment in a Catholic Felician-Franciscan tradition of leadership and service. To learn more, head over to their website.

2014 New Jersey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

New Jersey‘s marquee event happened on November 13th at the Asbury Park Convention Hall, and we were there to catch all the VIP action!

#HipNJ‘s Kelly Dillon was on the red carpet with the newest members of the New Jersey Hall of Fame Class of 2014, including inductees Brian Williams of NBC News, former Governor James Florio, and The Shirelles.

“It feels absolutely incredible [to be here],” gushed Williams.  “I just drove up Route 35 from our house down in Ocean County … I was raised 100 yards from Route 35 behind a furniture store in Middletown,  and my whole upbringing is along this stretch.”

Among the honorees was beloved late star of “The Sopranos“, James Gandolfini.  James, who suddenly passed away last year, was celebrated by his Sopranos family, including show creator David Chase; director Timothy Van Patten, Vincent Curatola (John “Johnny Sack” Sacrimoni); Tony Sirico (“Paulie Walnuts” Gualtieri); Aida Turturro (“Janice Soprano“); Vincent Pastore (Salvatore “Big Pussy” Bonpensiero).   James’ wife, Deborah Lin Gandolfini, accepted the honor on his behalf.

“We miss Jimmy so much,” Pastore said.  “it’s very hard for everyone who is here tonight … to show up at an event without him being here.  We were HBO’s Rat Pack.”

Dominic Chianese, who played “Uncle Junior” on the hit series, shared some words about Jim with #HipNJ‘s Lisa Marie Latino at Joe Torre’s Safe-At-Home Foundation Gala, which was also on 11/13:  “James, I loved him so much and I can’t explain it.  I wish I could have been there.  What a great man”.

Other A-listers in Asbury Park included Bruce Springsteen; Class of 2014 inductee Howard KatzNBC Sports legend Dick Ebersol; Dionne Warwick; novelist Harlan CobenLt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg.

For information about the New Jersey Hall of Fame, log onto www.NJHallofFame.org.