Eleven alumni from top-rated Millburn High School, ranging from the Class of 1950 to the Class of 2002, were enshrined on Saturday, May 7th, as the newest members of the Millburn High School Athletic Hall of Fame. From left to right are: Pablo Eisenberg, Dave Graziano, Brian Kirk, Steve Michels, John McGinley, Renee Cassese; bottom row, Laura Shippee Hart, Gregg Lemkau, Tara Murphy, Justin Siegel, Jordan Maleh and Jim Connelly, Sportswrite and Photographer from The Item of Millburn & Short Hills. Read the full article from The Item of Millburn & Short Hills.
Among the inductees was TV and movie actor, John C. McGinley from the Class of 1978, who flew in from California to visit his family and his Alma Matter. Before he was a Hollywood star, John, was a three-year Varsity letter winner in football, boys winter track and boys spring track at MHS. John’s love for his teenage son Max, drives his passion for the causes he supports and champions – the Special Olympics and the Global Downs Syndrome Foundation. You can also follow the facebook page for GDS. McGinley’s speech to the crowd of over 100 guests for the event was largely about his passion to help people with special needs, and how his coaches and teamates gave him the comeraderie and support to face the challenges of raising his son Max.
John has not been back to Millburn High for many years, but he has been active, volunteering as a long-distance judge for the Millburn Film Fest the last two years. Seen here with the two women who invented and co-chair the event since its inception five years ago, are Alyssa Russo, Salesperson at Towne Realty Group and Short Hills resident, Lynn Farscht. Towne Realty Group has contributed over $9,000 to the Film Fest over the last few years as sponsors of the event, and over $10,000 to graduating seniors with their annual scholarship fund. They were also contributors to the Hall of Fame event and many other programs for both sports and the arts at many of the local schools in Millburn & Short Hills.