MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 29: Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets talks to Betty Wold Johnson, mother of New York Jets owner Woody Johnson prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins on December 29, 2013 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Jets defeated the Dolphins 20-7.
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The NJPAC in Newark announced that it received a $20 million donation from the late Betty Wold Johnson, mother of Woody and Christopher.

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The New York Jets proudly wore a BWJ patch for the entirety of the 2020 NFL season. Betty Wold Johnson, the matriarch of the Johnson & Johnson family, died last May at 99.

Her death prompted an outpouring of love from former players and individuals associated with the Johnson family and Jets organization. Now, her legacy continues.

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark announced on Tuesday that Betty Wold Johnson donated $20 million, the largest in its history.


Betty Wold Johnson, the mother of Jets chairman Woody and vice-chairman Christopher, was a philanthropist at heart. She continuously donated to the arts as well as education and healthcare initiatives over her fruitful life.

Eric Allen of the Jets official website described Johnson as a “renowned philanthropist and long-time contributor to arts, education and healthcare initiatives throughout the New Jersey and New York regions. She was described as ‘a staunch supporter of her sons and their passions’ who ‘used to refer to Jets players as her grandchildren.’”

Johnson donated $11 million to the NJPAC in 2008 as well.

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“Mrs. Johnson was a remarkable woman – we will not see her like again,” NJPAC President and CEO John Schreiber said, adding that the late philanthropist had a “mighty spirit and a big heart.”

“NJPAC is proud to be part of her lasting legacy,” Schreiber said.

Betty Wold’s son, Woody, recently announced that he’d back in the country after serving as the United States’ Ambassador to the United Kingdom since 2017.

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