Citizens to be inducted into new RPS Hall of Fame

Dinner Saturday, tickets at the door

“Our two districts can help each other, even if we want to kill each other on the football field,” said Jill Ericksen, Rockford Education Foundation (REF) board member and organizer of the new Rockford Public Schools Hall of Fame. REF members from the Grandville School District helped organizing Rockford’s new RPS Hall of Fame.

A monument which bears the names of the first inductees was installed Tuesday, September 28 at Rockford High School. Patten Monument built the column, a nearly four-ton India jet black granite work which arrived to Long Beach, California via ocean freighter. The raw stone was held up in customs, nearly causing a delay.

The new recognition program is 14 months in the making and recognizes Rockford graduates or citizens in four categories. A ribbon cutting for the monument takes place this Friday at 4 p.m. at the high school.

The dinner honoring the inductees will be Saturday at the school and will be a “roaming dinner party” with a variety of food from Bostwick Lake Inn, Jonny B’z, Grill One Eleven and the Grist Mill/Honey Creek Inn.

Local celebrities will MC the event. “It won’t be like a sit-down dinner. You can roam around and sample all the restaurants,” Ericksen stated.

Inductees are ten people, all with incredible stories of accomplishments in different fields.

“We have people coming from all over the country,” Ericksen said. One Rockford graduate negotiates world peace between countries, another has invented flexible cement. All are worthy of the recognition.

The dinner is open to the public and tickets are available at the door or at rockfordschools.org/ref (click events page), $50 adults, $20 students. Appetizers will be served beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Inductees will be added every other year, and a form for candidates will be provided at the dinner.

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