Our founder is being recognized for her outstanding career at a ceremony later this year—and she's in good company, too.

By Zee Krstic
June 11, 2019
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Martha has always shared fond memories of what it was like growing up in Nutley, New Jersey, a suburb just about 15 miles away from New York City, and now she'll have the opportunity to share her pride for her home state in a much bigger way. This year, our founder will be inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame and will be honored at a ceremony in Asbury Park in October, according to the New Jersey Herald.

At a speaking event to unveil new honorees this week, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy shared that Martha has already been long considered a Hall of Fame member. She was originally nominated for the distinction back in 2011, but wasn't able to attend the ceremonies at that time; this year, however, she'll finally cement her place among the ranks of artists, athletes, leaders, and beloved New Jersey natives who have made the Garden State (and the world!) proud. Martha long credits her childhood in Nutley as being the catalyst to her adventures as an avid do-it-yourself champion; in her childhood home, Big Martha taught her daughter to sew, cook, garden, and repair just about anything. Martha has frequently returned to New Jersey in her travels, and while she left the state to attend Barnard College in New York City, her family still has roots in the Garden State.

Martha is one of 19 inductees this year; her class includes Olympic gold medalist Laurie Hernandez, who graced the Rio Olympics in 2016 as part of the American gymnastics squad known as the "Final Five." Other inductees include Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin, who grew up in Bayonne, and Seinfeld actor Jason Alexander of Livingston. You can view a full list of this year's nominees and those honored in the past by heading to the Hall of Fame's website.

How did Martha earn her place on the list? A public vote factors into who is selected for the honor of being inducted into the Hall of Fame, according to the Herald, which means her fellow New Jerseyans played a part in giving her the honor. Martha and her class of honorees will be officially inducted on October 27 at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park. You'll be able to buy tickets and attend the event if you're in the area; the Herald reports that ticket sales will benefit a Hall of Fame museum being built in East Rutherford in 2020. Head to the organization's website for more information and to keep an eye on when tickets will be released.

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