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 A signature program of Founders Commission, DIAMONDS Hall of Fame (DHOF) is an annual recognition bestowed upon exemplary brands and people who are native to the Rockford, Illinois, region. DHOF honorees represent individuals and entities that have made an indelible mark on the world from their contributions to business, arts and entertainment, and sports arenas. Eligible to living and past legends native to Boone, Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago counties, DIAMONDS Hall of Fame honorees will be recognized as part of the annual DIAMONDS storytelling gala.


Nominations can be submitted year-round and will be collected by Founders Commission, which determines the annual DIAMONDS Hall of Fame ballot. After a ballot is confirmed by Founders Commission, it will be unveiled for public vote to help determine that year's Hall of Fame class. 


 Candidates must have strong ties to the Rockford region (Boone, Ogle, Stephenson or Winnebago counties) through birth, residence, or the lasting influences of her/his impact in one of the three DHOF categories (business, arts and entertainment, and sports). Nominees must have: 

  • Made significant and enduring global contributions to her/his field(s) or specific career focus 

  • Elevated or affirmed the status of her/his field(s) and helped expand and open new opportunities for others in society to thrive in their respective field(s) 

  • Served as an inspiration for others through her/his actions and behaviors 

  • Maintained ties to the Rockford region (Boone, Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago counties) 

Candidate nominees are judged on the above criteria and advanced to the ballot based on merit, not endorsement. There is no guarantee that a nominee will make a given year’s public DHOF candidate ballot, but nominees will remain on the nominee list for future ballot consideration. The DHOF 2024 official ballot will be unveiled publicly by Founders Commission in February 2024 (subject to change).


Thank you for your nomination!

For more information about the DIAMONDS Hall of Fame, email

DIAMONDS Hall of Fame is a signature Founders Commission program. All rights reserved.

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