The Bergen Federation grew out of the old Bergen Caucus. The Caucus met once each year to determine which council would run the hospitality room at the State Convention. The idea for creating the Federation came from Past State Deputy Tony Zally, who as a state officer, visited various Chapters and Federations throughout the state. Seeing how other Chapters and Federations worked, he assembled a group of Bergen County District Deputies consisting of Ralph Gifuni, Bob Hatler, John Hoffman, and Joseph McHale to create the foundation for the Bergen Federation.
On March 19, 1982, a vote was taken to create the Bergen Federation. Two months later, on May 19, the first set of By-Laws was adopted. Ralph Gifuni was named as the First President of the Federation.
Since its inception, the Federation has grown from an organization that just handled booking rooms and running a hospitality suite at the convention, into an organization that spearheads projects in Bergen County and fund-raises for worthy causes. The twice-monthly masses at the Paramus Veterans Home has been revitalized, and the highly successful Archdiocesan Pride in Our Priests Program continues to be a strong Bergen program each year. The annual Golf Outings, trips to New Jersey Devil Hockey Games, and New York Yankee Baseball Games have raised thousands of dollars for charitable giving to causes within the county, the state, and the country. As the Federation looks towards the future, it looks to continue these and other projects as well in order to promote unity among the 41 member councils of Bergen County.
During this time, the Federation has evolved into a key organization in the New Jersey State Council. Its 41 member councils representing nearly 9000 Knights has been fortunate to send a delegate to the Supreme Convention each year.