Yogi Berra receives the award from David Kaplan Credits: Alexandra Lubischer
The Livingston Rotary's Service Awards Dinner was held Tuesday night in Livingston. Credits: Alexandra Lubischer
Berra and his wife Carmen, center, with David Kaplan, Bunnie Ratner, Lou LaSalle, and Livingston Rotary President Jeanne Parke. Credits: Alexandra Lubischer
LaSalle and Livingston Mayor Stephen Santola Credits: Alexandra Lubischer
Berra accepts the award Credits: Alexandra Lubischer
Ratner and Brian Boyle Credits: Alexandra Lubischer
Ratner accepts her award Credits: Alexandra Lubischer
Hall of Famer Yogi Berra, Ratner, LaSalle Honored by Livingston Rotary
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 • 7:13am
LIVINGSTON, NJ - “It ain’t over till its over,” is one of the most famous quotes by America’s most-quoted man, Hall of Fame Baseball Player Yogi Berra. The Rotary Club of Livingston Foundation honored Berra, Community Activist
Bunnie Ratner and Vice President of External Affairs at St. Barnabas Medical Center, Louis LaSalle, on Tuesday night.
The goal of the Rotary Club is to honor individuals who have been role models and who have shown leadership positions, commented the President of the Livingston Rotary Club, Jeanne Parke. Parke said the honorees are individuals who have not only accomplished goals, but have also given back to other
“This is overwhelming,” said Ratner, a well-respected community activist in the Livingston community, with an
extremely varied resume of achievements that include 9-11 memorials and stating foundations for foster children. “The Rotary Club itself is very very diverse in its activities and that’s what I am, so I feel like I can join them."
LaSalle, introduced by Livingston Mayor Stephen Santola, has been vital in forming a corporate alliance between St. Barnabas Medical Center and the community. He additionally has been in support of many other Essex County programs such as “Save the Turtle Back Zoo.”
However, it was the beloved Berra who stole the show. He was humble as he accepted the 3rd Annual New Jersey Citizenship Award.
David Kaplan, who is the director of the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center at Montclair State University was the master of ceremonies for the event. He presented the award to Berra and the former Yankee graciously accepted it.