To celebrate the event, Mr. Leonard invited many NJ dignitaries to a groundbreaking ceremony and feted them with champagne flutes filled with milk. In keeping with his homestyle approach, there was a small pen with baby cows under control of handlers. They were allowed to mingle with the attendees.
Present to congratulate him were: US Senator Bob Menendez, NJ senator Joe Lagana, County Executive Jim Tedesco and Mayor Rich LaBarbiera among many others. Each gave a short welcome address.