California Hall of Fame - California MuseumCelebrities and non-celebrities alike descended on Sacramento’s Memorial Auditorium last Thursday, December 8, for the California Museum’s annual California Hall of Fame Ceremony. Now in its sixth year, the California Hall of Fame honors the achievements of exemplary Californians. Each year’s inductees are celebrated at the Hall of Fame Ceremony, and then receive a spot in the Museum’s year-long exhibit of the same name.

The 2011 ceremony, with the increase in scale due to the move to Memorial Auditorium, marked the first year that seats were made available to the public. Through a special “Hall of Fame” membership, the general public could purchase a ticket to the event along with a year-long museum membership.

The evening of the ceremony, attendees watched as this year’s inductees arrived with their guests and entered via the red carpet. The event, broadcast on Comcast’s own network, was emceed by journalist Lisa Ling and Mayor Kevin Johnson. Honored were Buzz Aldrin, The Beach Boys, Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, Father Gregory Boyle, Doris and Donald Fisher, Magic Johnson, Ed Roberts, Carlos Santana, Amy Tan, and Justice Roger Traynor, many of whom gave inspiring acceptance speeches, reminding the crowd of the importance of pursuing your passions and giving back.

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Written by Assistant Editor, Alison Kranz


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