At a tribute gala, the New Jersey Legislative Black Caucus Foundation, the New Jersey Legislative Black Caucus, and Rutgers University Newark thanked retired Senator Ron Rice for his many years as a leader and mentor.
Over 300 distinguished guests came together to share personal experiences and memories with Senator Rice and his family at the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hall on the campus of Rutgers Newark. The event, on December 3, 2022, included elected officials and civil rights leaders from across the state. The highlight of the event was the announcement of the Senator Ron L. Rice Endowed Scholarship Fund and the $50,000 check presented to the honoree for the fund. The New Jersey Legislative Black Caucus Chair, Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter, and the New Jersey Legislative Black Caucus Foundation Chair, Assemblywoman Angela McKnight, served as co-chairs of the gala.