Camden mayors past and present, youthful entertainers, and community activists are among 13 Camdenites who will be honored at a Camden Hall of Fame gala Friday evening.
The event is being sponsored by the Camden District Council Collaborative Board, a coalition of citywide volunteer boards that works on quality of life issues.
The gala’s proceeds (tickets are $75 per person) will benefit the DCCB’s Youth Campaign for Safe and Healthy Living, set up last year to raise funds for health-related programs. Once the gala money is collected, the DCCB leaders will decide what projects to start, said facilitator Angel Osorio.
The group does have three areas it would like to tackle: safe places to play, extracurricular activities, and access to nutritive food options.
“We are expecting most of the proceeds to go to improving the conditions of one park per district and bringing programming to each one,” Osorio wrote in an e-mail.
Camden Mayor Dana L. Redd is scheduled to be at the gala to receive her award, as are former mayors Gwendolyn Faison and Al Pierce.
The awards recognize individuals, living or dead, “who have made valuable contributions to society, overcome obstacles, and reached great milestones over their lifetime,” according to the news release. The DCCB hopes to make the Hall of Fame gala and induction ceremony an annual event.
Here is the list of Camdenites to be honored Friday:
World Renowned Poet & Journalist
Activist, Actress, Model, & Entertainer
Former City Councilman & NJ State Assemblyman
Aaron McCargo Jr.
Professional Chef Host of “Big Daddy’s House” – On The Food Network
The Tarantini Family
Creators of the Famous Panzarotti
Dana L. Redd
Mayor of the City of Camden & Former State Senator
Inventor of the Drive In Movie Theatre
Game Show Host & Television Personality
Father Michael Doyle
Community Advocate Priest at Sacred Heart Church of Waterfront South
Former Mayor of the City of Camden
Clarence E. Kehner
Songwriter & Composer
Owner of Vincent’s Barber Shop Family Business For Over 80 Years