June 11, 2018

John Johnson Automotive Group in Budd Lake donates vehicle to raise funds for new Centenary University baseball complex

Centenary University recently raffled off a new vehicle donated by John Johnson Automotive Group in Budd Lake to raise funds for a new baseball complex on the Hackettstown campus. The state-of-the-art field, dubbed “Our Diamond of Dreams,” will be home to the Centenary Cyclones, and will be available for use by local high schools and recreation leagues.

The winners of the new vehicle are Rochelle Makela-Goodman and Robert Goodman of Princeton. Makela-Goodman is a 1997 Centenary graduate and member of the University’s Board of Trustees.

The fundraising effort has generated significant support from donors including John Johnson, who has demonstrated a deep commitment to organizations that benefit young people and the local community. “Centenary University is incredibly grateful to John Johnson for his generous donation,” said David P. Haney, president of Centenary University. “Through his continued interest in Centenary, he has also opened up connections for us with Atlantic Health and other organizations. We look forward to working together with John to build a stronger University and a stronger community.”

To contribute to Our Diamond of Dreams or to explore naming opportunities, go to alumni.centenaryuniversity.edu/give-to-centenary/baseball-complex/ or call Tracey Thompson, vice president for advancement, at (908) 852-1400, ext. 2387.


Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary University’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix provides an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world. The University’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township. The Centenary University School of Professional Studies offers degree programs at two locations, Parsippany and Edison, as well as online and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.


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