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Save the Date - Kool and the Gang

State Theatre New Jersey 2018 Benefit Gala

Saturday, May 12, 2018

  • 5pm — Cocktails and Hors d'Oeuvres, The Heldrich Hotel
  • 6pm — Performance by Kool & The Gang, State Theatre New Jersey
  • Followed by Dinner, Dancing, and Silent Auction, The Heldrich Hotel

The full Gala event includes a pre-performance cocktail reception, ticket to the performance by two-time Grammy Award® winners Kool & The Gang, and post-performance Dinner Dance with fabulous auctions, 50/50, live dance band, food, and open bars. Black Tie Preferred. To reserve your place for this special evening please send your response form  in today!

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Betty Wold Johnson

Leadership in the Arts Award

Bank of America

Corporate Award

Douglas and Diane Garback
The Garback Agency

Patron Award

Benefit Gala co-chairs

John S. Fitzgerald, Magyar Bank
John Reissner, Magyar Bank

Benefit Gala Vice-Chairs

Linda Piscadlo, Retired, Johnson & Johnson
Matt Taylor, Moody’s Investors Service
Tracy Taylor, Plymouth Rock Management Company of New Jersey

Corporate Co-Chairs

Craig J. Guiffre, Executive Vice President & Managing Director

Timothy J. Brown, Senior Vice President, Life & Income Funding Solutions


2018 Benefit Gala Committee

Dee Abedraboh, Investors Bank
Tina Ahmadi, Investors Bank
Lisa Berlin, Johnson & Johnson
Hiam Boraie, Boraie Development
Cathy Gombas, Johnson & Johnson
Eileen Harkins, Retired, Johnson & Johnson
Bill Herman, Real Estate Management

Gurdon & Heather Hornor, Wyllow Bend Farm
Gabriel Lavigne, UBS Financial Services
Richard T. McDonald, Johnson & Johnson
Donna Miyamoto, Retired, Johnson & Johnson
Salvatore Romano, Dir. Emeritus, Magyar Bank 
Maggie Stavrianidis, Elementis Global

Emerald Partners

American Benefits Consulting



DIAMOND Partners


Johnson & Johnson


Platinum Partners

Bank of America
Magyar Bank

Reception and Dinner Dance at The Heldrich Hotel
Individual Tickets $700

Corporate Partner, Underwriter, and Patron Table opportunities available.  Click here for more information or contact the Development Department at 732-247-7200 ext. 512 or  

Seating for the Gala is limited, and we expect to sell out early! To reserve your spot for the Gala, please mail or email the response form to: State Theatre New Jersey, 2018 Benefit Gala, 40 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 or

Other Ways You Can Support Our Annual Benefit Gala

Purchase an ad in the 2018 Gala Spotlight Journal

The Gala Spotlight Journal is a 8.5” x 11” glossy, bound keepsake distributed to all Gala Concert attendees, and is also viewable online (see below). This is a great way to showcase your business to approximately 1,800 Gala Concert patrons, including 450 of the state’s key leaders in business, government, and philanthropy, and a fabulous way to send a special message to the Gala Honorees, Committee, or State Theatre New Jersey. Please fill out the Spotlight Journal form and submit it as soon as possible to All ad contracts and artwork must be received by the State Theatre before April 20, 2018 in the form of a PDF or JPG file.

Donate a unique item or experience to the Silent Auction

Each year, our Gala Silent Auction includes a multitude of unique items and experiences that our Gala guests and online bidding community can bid on to win. If you’d like to make a donation to our Silent Auction, please fill out the Silent Auction form and submit it with your item to State Theatre New Jersey. Any submissions must be received by the State Theatre before May 7, 2018. 

Gala proceeds help State Theatre New Jersey provide arts education for 35,000 students, teachers, and families each year and support the excellence of our world-class mainstage programs. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law; the non tax-deductible portion of each ticket is valued at approximately $250.

The 2017 Benefit Gala Spotlight Journal — Published May 13, 2017

Photos from the 2017 Benefit Gala

Audra McDonald: State Theatre New Jersey Benefit Gala 2017

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