25th West Orange Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Dinner Set for Oct. 14
WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Dinner will be held on Oct. 14, 2021, at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, 350 Pleasant Valley Way, beginning at 6:00 pm. A cocktail reception will be held from 6:00 - 7:00 pm with dinner at 7:00.
The evening was organized by the West Orange Athletic Hall of Fame, with volunteer assistance from West Orange High School Principal Hayden Moore, Wrestling/Baseball Coach Stephan Zichella, Girls Volleyball/Boys Volleyball Coach Jackie Cruz, Assistant Principal and Hall of Fame Co-President Louis DellaPia, and teacher and Student Council Advisor Catherine Connors. Although the West Orange Athletic Hall of Fame is an independent organization that is not funded by or part of the West Orange School District, positively impacting communication to the West Orange community is an important goal during 2021-22.
As the program described, "In October of 1987, a group of West Orange residents had a vision, one that would honor the legacies of West Orange athletics as a way to pay tribute to the heroes of the past and encourage the current and future youths of the town to strive for their full potential as athletes and citizens.
It is from this vision that the West Orange Athletic Hall of Fame Committee was formed. And one year after the committee’s inception, they celebrated their first Induction Dinner. Tonight, we are gathered here to continue the tradition which was started over 30 years ago. It is our way of formally recognizing the excellence and achievements of these former athletes who have graced our fields and our courts with the spirit that has made us all proud to be a part of West Orange."