2021 Spotlight Gala @ Home Journal

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A VIRTUAL GALA

CELEBRATING

NJPAC AND ITS

ARTS EDUCATION

PROGRAMS!

women@

PERFECT HARMONY

SATURDAY

10·02·2021

TUNE IN

NJ PBS @ 7PM

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WELCOME!

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mission The New Jersey

Performing Arts Center,

by celebrating diversity,

shall be America’s foremost

urban presenter of arts and

entertainment, a creative

and effective leader in arts

education for children,

a convener of useful and

enlightening civic engagement

events, and a catalyst for

economic development in

its home city of Newark.

4 Welcome from

John Schreiber and

Faith Taylor

6 Spotlight Gala @ Home

Sponsors

9 Welcome from the

Spotlight Gala @ Home

co-chairs

12 Letter from New Jersey

Senator Cory A. Booker

13 Letter from Senate

President Pro Tempore

M. Teresa Ruiz

14 Letter from Governor

Philip D. Murphy

15 Letter from Newark

Mayor Ras J. Baraka

16 Heavenly Harmony—

Meet Your Host,

Kelli O’Hara!

17 Sing, Sing A Song...

Tonight’s Performers

24 2021 Founders Award:

Toby and Leon Cooperman

and the Cooperman Family

34 A Year Like No Other -

Women@NJPAC

42 The Future is Bright

44 From New Virtual Vistas

to Full Theaters

46 Finding Their Voices,

Virtually

55 History of Spotlight

Gala Honorees

60 Women@NJPAC Board

of Trustees

63 Production Credits

CONTENTS

advertisers

Prudential.......................................................8

The MCJ Amelior Foundation.............10

PSEG................................................................11

PwC................................................................20

Chubb Corporation.................................21

Mindy Cohen and

David Bershad....................................22

Nina Mitchell Wells, Esq. and

Theodore V. Wells Jr. ........................23

Merck Foundation...................................30

Rutgers University - Newark................31

Arthur F. Ryan............................................32

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Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield

of New Jersey......................................38

Bank of America......................................39

Audible.........................................................40

Panasonic Corporation

of North America.................................41

Mario J. Gabelli and

Regina M. Pitaro.................................48

A. Michael and Ruth C. Lipper...........49

Mazars USA, LLP.....................................50

NJ PBS............................................................51

Gibbons, P.C. ............................................ 52

Shelley and Steven Einhorn................52

Meg and Howard Jacobs...................53

RWJBarnabas Health............................54

NJM Insurance Group...........................58

ADP................................................................58

Genova Burns...........................................59

Advanced Parking Concepts ............ 62

Atlantic, Tomorrow’s Office.................64

Elberon Development Co. ...................65

BD...................................................................66

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Arts Education, NJPAC ..........................67


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“ Here’s to you, here’s

to the power of the

arts — and here’s to

an amazing season

to come.”

WELCOME

FROM THE PRESIDENT AND CEO

A year ago, NJPAC hosted its first virtual Spotlight Gala @ Home.

It was something we’d never attempted before; we’d only just begun

to offer our concerts, community programs, summer camps and arts

training workshops digitally. How much we’ve learned in a year!

And one of the lessons was this: We can still host one phenomenal

party, even when all the guests are attending from their own living

rooms! Sharing our biggest and best show of the year with everyone

in New Jersey (and beyond!) virtually is such an exciting way to

highlight the Arts Center’s unique ability to bring diverse, world-class

artists together for a show that’s always greater than the sum of its

parts. It’s something we’ve learned from the incredible performers

showcased this evening: Voices raised together in harmony can make

the most inspiring songs! As we celebrate the start of a new season,

the ebbing of the pandemic and the return of live performances

at NJPAC and everywhere, we thank all of you, our marvelous

supporters, audiences and friends, who worked in harmony with us

to keep the performing arts alive through one of the most challenging

years we’ve known. Here’s to you, here’s to the power of the arts —

and here’s to an amazing season to come.

John Schreiber

WELCOME

FROM THE

PRESIDENT OF

WOMEN@NJPAC

Gathering communities

together, amplifying the voices

of women and girls, sharing

our inspiration and our passion

for building a better world:

This is what the Arts Center’s

“sisterhood for good,” Women@

NJPAC, does best. Tonight, we’re

thrilled to have you join us in

pursuing all those goals by

supporting the work of the Arts

Center with our annual Spotlight

Gala. So many people who

visit NJPAC to see their favorite

artists perform don’t realize

how much more this anchor

cultural institution does: From

music and literacy classes for

preschoolers, to pre-professional

programs for young women

musicians, to discussions about

social justice movements, plus

hundreds of free performances

in libraries, churches and parks,

NJPAC brings the power of the

performing arts to everyone

in our community. Tonight’s

celebration advances all that

good work. I hope you enjoy

the songs and stories you’ll hear

tonight even more, knowing that

this wonderful concert is making

a difference in the lives of so

many of our neighbors.

“ I hope you enjoy the

songs and stories you’ll

hear tonight even more,

knowing that this

wonderful concert is

making a difference in

the lives of so many of

our neighbors.”

Faith Taylor

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2021

PERFECT HARMONY

lead sponsors

underwriter

The MCJ Amelior Foundation

hometown heroes (aka vice chairs)

Mindy Cohen and

David Bershad

Arthur F. Ryan

Toby and Leon G.

Cooperman

Nina Mitchell Wells, Esq. and

Theodore V. Wells, Jr.

platinum channel

surfer dinner

committee

Gibbons, P.C.

gold

live-streamer

dinner committee

ADP

American Express

Atlantic, Tomorrow’s

Office

Bank of America

Chubb Corporation

Shelley and

Steven Einhorn

Mario Gabelli and

Regina Pitaro

NJM Insurance Group

RWJBarnabas Health

silver remote

controller

Bloomberg

Philanthropies

BNY Mellon

Boston Consulting Group

Cognizant

Alma DeMetropolis

The Fidelco Group /

Randi and

Marc E. Berson

Greenberg Traurig LLP

William and Joan Hickey

The Honorable

Thomas H. Kean

William J. and

Paula Marino

McCarter & English, LLP

PNC Bank, N. A.

Seyfarth & Shaw

The Smart Family

Foundation/

David S. Stone, Esq.,

Stone & Magnanini

SP+

Structure Tone

Wells Fargo Foundation

platinum

advocates

Charles C. Anderson

Sandy Bernhardt

Evelyn and

Stephen Colbert

Elberon Development Co.

Steven M. Goldman, Esq.

Mazars USA, LLP

Faith and Gary Taylor

TD Bank

Valley Bank

gold advocates

Deborah and Joseph

Belfatto

Bleema and William

Bershad

Mary Kay Strangfeld

Mark and Jane Wilf

Family Foundation

silver advocates

Audrey Bartner

Patricia L. Capawana

Veronica M. Goldberg

Zenola Harper, Esq.

KPMG

Margarethe and

Mark Laurenzi

Nicole Wescoe

advocates

Susan and David Bloom

Ann and Stan Borowiec

Marcia Wilson Brown, Esq.

Sherri-Ann Butterfield

Edmund Hajim

Obi Imegwu

Tammye and

David Jones

Judith M. Lieberman

Ferlanda Fox Nixon and

Milford Nixon

Christine Pearson

Arnold and

Sandy Peinado

Richard W. Roper

Schenck, Price,

Smith & King, LLP

full-page ad

sponsors

Audible

Meg and

Howard Jacobs

A. Michael and

Ruth C. Lipper

Mazars USA, LLP

Panasonic Corporation

of North America

Rutgers University -

Newark

half-page ad

sponsors

Genova Burns

in-kind donations

Advanced Parking

Concepts

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Marcus Samuelsson

official

media sponsor

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Teachers Village

Charter School Development

New Jersey

Performing Arts

Center

Prudential

Tower &

Military Park

Committed to Newark for more than 140 years,

we continue to see the promise of prosperity.

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whose philanthropy has set the stage for this, the next step in

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“The most direct route

to happiness is in service

to others.”

— Matthieu Ricard

congratulations

to Toby, Lee and the

Cooperman Family.

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SING, SING A SONG...

Tonight’s Performers

HEAVENLY HARMONY

Meet your host, Kelli O’Hara!

Stage and screen star Kelli O’Hara is one

of Broadway’s greatest leading ladies.

Her portrayal of Anna

Leonowens in The King

and I garnered her

the 2015 Tony Award

for Best Leading

Actress in a Musical.

Kelli’s many other

memorable moments

on Broadway include

her appearances

in Kiss Me Kate,

The Bridges of

Madison County,

Nice Work If You Can

Get It, South Pacific,

The Pajama Game

and The Light in the

Piazza — each a Tonynominated

performance.

In 2015, she made her

Metropolitan Opera

debut in Lehar’s

The Merry Widow

opposite Renee Fleming.

She was awarded the

prestigious Drama

League’s Distinguished

Achievement in Musical

Theatre Award in 2019.

Kelli also received an

Kelli O’Hara, one

of Broadway’s most

honored actresses,

kicks off the Gala.

Emmy nomination for

her portrayal of Katie

Bonner in the hit web

series The Accidental

Wolf. Other film and

television credits

include Netflix’s

13 Reasons Why,

Sex & The City 2,

Martin Scorsese’s

The Key to Reserva,

Showtime’s Master of

Sex, The Good Fight,

Blue Bloods and the

animated series

Car Talk. Kelli is

currently shooting

HBO’s new series, The

Gilded Age, alongside

Christine Baranski

and Cynthia Nixon.

BOBBY McFERRIN

BOBBY McFERRIN is a 10-time GRAMMY®

Award winner who has blurred the

distinction between pop music and fine art,

while goofing around barefoot in the world’s

finest concert halls, exploring uncharted

vocal territory, and inspiring a whole new

generation of a cappella singers and

beatboxers. His latest album, spirityouall,

is a bluesy, feel-good recording, an

unexpected move from the music-industry

rebel who single-handedly redefined

the role of the human voice with his

a cappella hit “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,”

his improvising choir Voicestra and his

legendary solo vocal performances.

“I try not to ‘perform’ onstage,” says Bobby.

“I try to sing the way I sing in my kitchen,

because I just can’t help myself. I want

audiences to leave the theater and sing in

their own kitchens the next morning. I want

to bring audiences into the incredible feeling

of joy and freedom I get when I sing.”

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SING, SING A SONG... Tonight’s Performers

THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER NATURALLY 7

Beginning with its

first performances

in the early 1970s,

THE MANHATTAN

TRANSFER has

become a cornerstone

of contemporary

music, known for its

amazing harmony

and versatility,

incorporating pop,

jazz, R&B, rock ’n’ roll,

swing, symphonic

and a cappella.

The group made its

recording debut with

a self-titled album in

1975. Originally an

East Coast cult act, the

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TAKE 6

The quintessential a cappella group, TAKE 6 — Claude McKnight, Mark

Kibble, Joel Kibble, Dave Thomas, Alvin Chea and Khristian Dentley —

has been heralded by Quincy Jones as the “baddest vocal cats on the

planet!” Their six virtuosic voices united in crystal clear harmony, against

a backdrop of syncopated rhythms, innovative arrangements and funky

grooves, bubble into an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B and pop.

The multi-platinum selling sextet has toured across the globe and is

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NATURALLY 7

is more than a tightly

orchestrated collection

of great singers. They

transform their voices

into actual human

instruments, effortlessly

producing music of

any genre. Their sonic

mastery was on full

display in a series

of unforgettable

performances on

The World’s Best TV

show, which premiered

on CBS immediately

following Super Bowl

LIII. Hosted by James

Corden, the show

named Naturally 7 the

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UNDER THE STREETLAMP

UNDER THE

STREETLAMP,

established in 2009

by members of the

Chicago company

of the Tony Awardwinning

musical

Jersey Boys, is a

fraternity of gifted

performers who

breathe new life into

doo wop, Motown,

and old time rock

’n’ roll with their

unique blend of tight

harmonies and slick

dance moves. After

their run with Jersey

Boys ended in 2010,

the founding members

spent the next year

cultivating new takes

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We would like to salute the

Cooperman

Family

for this well

deserved honor

and also salute

the NJPAC team for their

amazing efforts

during this

challenging

year.

Mindy Cohen and

David Bershad

Congratulations

to the Cooperman

Family for their

incredible philanthropy

& tremendous impact

on New Jerseyans

and so many others!

We extend sincere and

heartfelt appreciation for

your incredible generosity

and leadership.

Nina and Ted Wells


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toby and leon cooperman

& the cooperman family

building a legacy

OF GENEROSITY

Top

LEON COOPERMAN — founder and chairman of Omega

Advisors, and former Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs Asset

Management — is a financier par excellence, an executive, an

extraordinary philanthropist and a fighter for what he believes is

right. He’s also a father and a grandfather, the founder of a clan

raised to work hard and, most importantly, to give back.

father was a plumber. As a child,

Lee attended public schools; as

a teen, he took jobs ranging from

fixing tires to serving as a movie

theater usher. Lee attended Hunter

College in New York, becoming the

first in his family to get a degree. He

met his wife of more than 50 years,

Toby, at Hunter, in French class.

After graduating, he attended

Columbia Business School, where

he discovered the value-investing

strategy that would guide him

through the rest of his career. He

graduated in 1967, and, with student

debt and responsibility for a young

family heavy on his shoulders,

he started at Goldman Sachs the

next day. In less than ten years,

he was named partner in charge

of research. For the decade after

that, he was named to Institutional

Investor’s All-America Research

Team for portfolio strategy. He rose

to become CEO at Goldman Sachs

Asset Management.

Left: The Cooperman Family —

including, from left, Wayne and

Jodi Cooperman, Toby and Leon

Cooperman, and Wayne and

Jodi’s children Kyra and

Courtney — visit the NJPAC

campus. Top: NJPAC President

and CEO John Schreiber with

Toby and Leon. Middle: Toby and

Leon Cooperman at home during

the Spotlight Gala @ Home

filming. Below: Leon Cooperman

takes the stage for a conversation

at the Arts Center.

In so many ways, Leon, know to

his friends as Lee, embodies the

American dream, and works to

make that dream come true for

others. Lee, his wife Toby and

all his family have long been

supporters of the Arts Center,

and we honor them tonight for

that history of support, and for

their foundational gift toward an

exciting expansion of NJPAC’s

campus, the new Cooperman

Family Arts Education and

Community Center, which will

open across Center Street from

the Arts Center’s theaters in 2024.

The son of Polish immigrants,

Lee grew up in a one-bedroom

apartment in the South Bronx. His

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The Cooperman Family Arts Education and Community Center on the NJPAC campus,

made possible by a founding gift from the family, is slated to open in 2024. This new

building on Center Street will be a purpose-built home for the Arts Center’s many

existing arts training programs in dance, hip hop arts and culture, jazz and

instrumental music. It will also offer arts programs for preschoolers, seniors and

adults; a forum for free community engagement programs; space for the creation of

new arts education programs and arts integration initiatives; and professional

rehearsal studios for the creation of new work.

After 25 years at Goldman, he left

to start his own firm, the hedge fund

Omega Investors. Lee, famous for

his 12-hour work days, became

“the James Brown of hedge funds —

the hardest working man in

the industry,” as his friend, and

Seabreeze Partners Management

founder Doug Kass, told CNBC.

At Omega, he had more than $3

billion in assets under management,

much of it his own funds. His insights

into the market yielded remarkable

returns for his investors until 2018,

when he converted Omega into

a family office.

From a boy of the South Bronx to

a billionaire: Lee’s life story is a

real-life Horatio Alger tale. (And he

is in fact a member of the Horatio

Alger Association, which strives to

help young people advance through

scholarships and education.)

But where Alger would have ended

the narrative with his plucky hero

achieving his wildest dreams, that’s

only the first part of Lee’s story.

Toby, a teacher who worked as a

learning disabilities specialist at

the ELLC, a special needs school

in Chatham, for many years, had

already devoted her career to

helping others. When their good

fortune allowed them to lend a

helping hand to those in need,

philanthropy became a shared

passion for both Toby and Lee.

In 2010, they signed the Giving

Pledge, joining the group of

billionaires, formed by Bill Gates

and Warren Buffet, who commit to

giving the majority of their wealth

to charitable concerns. “It was

written in the Talmud that ‘A man’s

net worth is measured not by what

he earns, but rather what he gives

away,’ ” Toby and Lee noted in an

open letter declaring their intention

to join the group.

Both before and after they signed

the Pledge, the Cooperman family’s

generosity has been extraordinary.

While their philanthropy has

prioritized education, health, the

arts and Jewish life, the Cooperman

family has advanced innumerable

efforts – the JCC and Daughters of

Israel, among others.

After founding Omega

Advisors, Cooperman

became known as

“the James Brown of

hedge funds — the

hardest working man

in the industry.”

They supported their alma

mater, Hunter College, with tens

of millions in scholarships to

current students, and funding

for a new library. They presented

Columbia Business School with

millions towards a new campus —

plus more for an endowed chair

in economics, and funding for

need-based scholarships.

They funded the Cooperman

Family Pavilion at Saint Barnabas

Medical Center in Livingston,

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and supported the Damon Runyon

Cancer Research Foundation.

Their recent gift to Jewish Services

for the Developmentally

Disabled helped fund its new

headquarters building.

They established the Cooperman

College Scholars program,

which offers not just academic

scholarships but funding for books

and computers, plus counseling

and support, to ensure that

students from Essex County could

go to college and succeed there.

Toby and Lee have shared their

philanthropic spirit with their whole

family, who are now also engaged

in finding new ways of helping.

Among many other charitable

projects, their son, Wayne, and

his wife Jodi, joined Toby and Lee

in establishing The Cooperman

Family Fund for a Jewish Future at

the Jewish Community Foundation

of MetroWest in New Jersey, which

supports mitzvah projects, Birthright

Israel trips and camp for Jewish

youngsters. Their other son, Michael,

is the founder and principal of

PlusFish Philanthropy, which designs

and funds science and capacity

building to protect the fisheries

of the developing nations of the

tropics, an essential food supply for

hundreds of millions of people.

And a whole new generation of

Coopermans — their grandchildren,

Kyra, Courtney and Asher — are

poised to join the family’s efforts.

At NJPAC, the Cooperman

family’s philanthropy has been

transformative. Loyal supporters of

Toby and Lee

have shared their

philanthropic spirit

with their whole family,

who are now also

engaged in finding new

ways of advancing the

wellbeing of others.

the Arts Center since they attended

their first NJPAC Spotlight Gala in

1997, they contributed every year

to its programs, and in 2004, they

established an endowed fund to

support the Arts Center’s beloved

Kwanzaa Family Festival, making

this annual community celebration

possible in perpetuity. Lee served on

the NJPAC Board of Directors, and

to this day serves as an advisor to

the Board’s Investment Committee.

Lee even brings hundreds of New

Jersey’s executives and thought

leaders together at NJPAC several

times each season when he

personally hosts Conversations

with Cooperman, a series of talks

with CEOs, politicians and other

national leaders, at NJPAC.

In 2019, the Cooperman Family

made a foundational gift toward the

next step in NJPAC’s evolution as an

anchor cultural institution —

a brand-new facility on the

Arts Center campus to house its

arts education and community

engagement programs and more.

Above: Leon, center, chats with David M. Rubenstein, Co-Founder & Co-Executive

Chairmen of The Carlyle Group, left, and NJPAC’s John Schreiber, right, at one of the

much-anticipated discussions of business and finance he hosts at the Arts Center,

Conversations with Cooperman. Below: Toby and Leon have become regulars at NJPAC’s

Spotlight Gala celebrations, having attended the very first event in 1997.

The Cooperman Family Arts

Education and Community Center

will be a new, purpose-built home

for NJPAC’s extensive performing

arts education initiatives, which

serve tens of thousands of children

and families every year. The Center

will also be a site for bringing

the arts to the entire Newark

community, through free community

engagement programming, new arts

and wellness initiatives, interactions

between professional artists and

the community, and community

arts group performances. High-tech

digital classrooms, rehearsal space

for professional arts groups, and

arts education programming for

children, preschoolers, seniors

and others will keep the Cooperman

Center open and bustling seven

days a week, bringing new life

and energy to Newark’s downtown

arts and education district.

We celebrate the Cooperman

family for their myriad good works,

their passion for philanthropy,

and especially, for their

transformational impact on NJPAC.

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congratulations

to the

Cooperman Family

on this

well-earned honor.

Let’s bridge the

distance with our voices.

The human voice has the power to bridge great distances.

Tanenbaum Keale LLP is proud to sponsor 2021’s Women@NJPAC

Spotlight Gala @ Home, a night of (virtual) performances. We

embrace NJPAC’s ongoing mission to bring arts education, civic

engagement and economic development to the community, all while

creating one-of-a-kind experiences to keep us in perfect harmony,

even when we’re apart.

thank you

for decades of generosity

towards NJPAC.

cheers

to NJPAC’s reopening

and the

resilience it took

to get there!

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A YEAR LIKE NO OTHER

Women@NJPAC grew in

new directions throughout

an extraordinary season

Even as NJPAC’s theaters remained closed for

more than a year, Women@NJPAC’s unquenchable

“sisterhood for good” branched out into new

directions to fulfill its mission to inspire and educate

women and girls, celebrate the voices of women

and bolster NJPAC’s many programs for children

and families.

In Fall 2020, Women@NJPAC’s first-ever virtual

celebration, the Spotlight Gala @ Home, brought

the organization together to host a much-needed

fundraising event that brought in more than

$1.8 million to support the Arts Center. Broadway

legend Brian Stokes Mitchell starred in and hosted

the hour-long concert portion of the evening, the

first to be shared with all of New Jersey as a free

broadcast on NJ PBS.

December brought the Women@NJPAC Annual

Meeting — or, as outgoing President Marcia Wilson

Brown dubbed it, “our Women@NJPAC Zoom

Hollywood Squares annual meeting” — which

included a Leading Ladies panel discussion with

the team behind the newly created New Jersey Arts

and Culture Recovery Fund: Evelyn McGee Colbert,

President of Montclair Film; Sharnita Johnson of the

Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; Ann Marie Miller of

Art Pride New Jersey; and Allison Tratner, Executive

Director of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

@

In March 2021, the third annual Women@NJPAC

Gathering of Givers event was held. This time, the

celebration of the impact of women in philanthropy

was a virtual event devoted to examining the role

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Andrea Jung, former CEO of Avon

and current President and CEO of

Grameen America, was one of the

women philanthropists featured

at the Women@NJPAC Gathering

of Givers, to mark International

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women will play

in reinventing the

post-COVID-19 world.

Speakers included

Lara Abrash, Chairman

and CEO of Deloitte

& Touche and Joanne

Lin, a principal at

Newark Venture

Partners. The gathering

also brought together

leaders from the

worlds of philanthropy,

art, and activism

like fayemi shakur,

Arts and Cultural

Affairs Director in the

City of Newark and

Salamishah Tillet,

Founding Director,

The New Arts Justice

Initiative at Express

Newark who shared

how art is transforming

our public square.

Later that month,

Women@NJPAC

supported the Arts

Center’s robust lineup

of social justice

programming by

hosting She Did That:

Black Women in the

Workplace, a part

of the PSEG True

“ We’re going into the future with

a new energy and a new name.

We’re still hosting fantastic events,

still fundraising, but we’re also

committed to programming, to

developing community gatherings

and engaging women around

ideas of community-building.”

Women@NJPAC supported the Arts Center’s social justice

programming by hosting She Did That: Black Women in the

Workplace, a part of the PSEG True Diversity Film Series.

— Sarah Rosen

Diversity Film Series,

which highlighted

the growing impact

of African American

women executives and

entrepreneurs — and

the barriers they face

in making their mark in

corporate America.

In May 2021, the

Women@NJPAC

Spring Luncheon

blossomed again, after

a year’s hiatus, as a

virtual event. The event

brought a talk from

iconic fashion designer

Norma Kamali, who

inspired all to age with

“purpose and power.”

Broadway’s leading

lady, Laura Benanti,

hosted the event —

and acclaimed jazz

violinist Regina Carter

performed.

June brought the

launch of Women

Leaders @ Work, a

new series of Women@

NJPAC virtual events,

co-sponsored by

Executive Women

of New Jersey, that

explored the impact

of businesswomen

who are advancing

enterprises large

and small. The first

event in the series,

focused on women

taking leadership

roles on corporate

and nonprofit

boards, challenging

the “old boys club”

of these powerful

organizations.

While Women@NJPAC

will eventually return

to hosting in-person

events, the group’s

new focus on uplifting

all women, and its

widened scope as a

programmer, are here

to stay. This evolution

is one that Women@

NJPAC Managing

Director Sarah Rosen

feels is a natural

extension of the

group’s mission.

“Women hold up half

the sky,” she says.

“We’re charged with

being multitaskers, and

women shine and rise

to the occasion, over

and over again.”

As does Women@

NJPAC.

HAIL AND FAREWELL

A leadership change at

Women@NJPAC

Of all the changes at the Arts Center over

the year, one of the most bittersweet was

the end of Marcia Wilson Brown’s tenure

as President of Women@NJPAC, after four

years leading the organization. Brown, Vice

Chancellor for External and Governmental

Relations at Rutgers-Newark, stepped down

from her Women@NJPAC post at the end

of 2020. In August 2021, Marcia also retired

from her position at Rutgers University - Newark.

“She is a unique and effective and remarkable

community leader, and she is one of a handful

of people I will turn to whenever I have a

problem I can’t figure out,” John Schreiber said,

praising Brown at the Women@NJPAC Annual

Meeting in December, the last event over

which she presided.

Executive and educator Faith Taylor became

president in January 2021. The former first

Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer

at Wyndham Worldwide, Taylor was teaching

at the Feliciano School of Business at Montclair

State University when she took on the

leadership of Women@NJPAC — and shortly

thereafter, she stepped into another new role,

as the Environmental, Social, Governance

Leader at Tesla.

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The Arts Move Us!

Newark Working Kitchens, in collaboration with local

restaurants, has delivered more than one million meals

to residents in need — sustaining and strengthening

the neighborhood anchors that are powering our

city’s comeback.

Newark Working Kitchens needs your support now

more than ever.

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Thank you to our supporters.

Panasonic is a proud sponsor of NJPAC since its inaugural season

in 1997. We’re committed to supporting our Newark, NJ community

and our partnership with NJPAC is a natural extension of that

social impact work.

As we emerge from these challenging times, we are excited to

see the arts community thrive once again. We continue to stand in

support of Newark’s artists, performers, and cultural ambassadors

and look forward to an unforgettable season of rich performances

and entertainment. Thank you NJPAC!

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wer Facade

THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT

NJPAC announced plans

to expand its campus —

and transform Newark’s

downtown

AC ARTS AND EDUCATION DISTRICT

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AFTER YEARS OF WORKSHOPPING AND PLANNING,

the Arts Center has unveiled the next phase of its evolution —

two projects that will change the landscape of its downtown

Newark neighborhood.

In 2024, the Arts Center plans to

open the new Cooperman Family

Arts Education and Community

Center. This project’s development

was launched by an extraordinary

$20 million gift from Toby and Leon

Cooperman and the Cooperman

family, tonight’s Founders Award

honorees.

The Cooperman Center will be a

purpose-built home for NJPAC’s

arts education and community

engagement programs. This new

building will house classrooms and

a fully-functioning black box theater

for student performances, and

spaces for community engagement

programs such as film screenings

and panel discussions.

But the Center will also offer so

much more, including an initiative

The Cooperman

Center will create

an environment

where new

methods of

teaching the arts

are developed,

tested and shared,

both in-person

and digitally.

to develop new arts education

and arts integration programs.

A whole floor of the Center will be

devoted to professional rehearsal

spaces, where visiting artists and

performance groups can come

to rehearse and develop new

work — while interacting with NJPAC

students and the community.

“The Cooperman Center will be

where all are invited to create —

where staff and teaching artists

can invent curricula and pedagogy

grounded in trauma-informed care,

where artists can create work that

is responsive to our community,

where students find their voice

through art-making and where

elders can celebrate and reflect

on Newark’s rich artistic history,”

says Chelsea Keys, NJPAC’s

Director of Special Projects.

There will even be a children’s arts

reading room, curated in conjunction

with the Newark Public Library,

which features books written

specifically for youngsters about

artists in all genres.

A new series of programs created

around the idea of marrying the

performing arts with wellbeing —

think art therapy classes, or

dance movement workshops

that include presentations by

nutritionists — will also be offered

at the Cooperman Center.

Simultaneously, NJPAC will redevelop

the portion of its campus on the

other side of Center Street, creating

a vibrant new neighborhood of

low-rise and high-rise multifamily

buildings, retail establishments,

restaurants and cultural spaces.

This project will transform an area

that is now a parking lot into an

exciting work-live-play destination.

“Contributing to the ongoing

revitalization of Newark’s downtown

has always been central to the

Arts Center’s mission as the city’s

anchor cultural institution,” says

John Schreiber, NJPAC’s President

and CEO. “This plan will bring a

thoughtful, curated mix of residential

buildings, retail environments and

cultural resources to our campus.”

The development will include a

pedestrian-friendly extension

of Mulberry Street, across what

is now NJPAC’s Lot A parking

area. A simultaneous redesign of

NJPAC’s Eastern facade will create

a welcoming additional entryway

to the Arts Center.

NJPAC has partnered with

developers Center Street Owners,

led by L+M Development Partners,

to complete the project. L+M has

developed other sites in downtown

Newark including Walker House

and the Hahne & Co. building.

Prudential Impact & Responsible

Investments is a partner in the

project as well.

World-renowned restaurateur and

entrepreneur Marcus Samuelsson,

whose Newark restaurant, Marcus

B&P, has become a highlight of the

city’s dining scene, is also engaged

in the project. The centerpiece of the

new neighborhood will be a food

hall — similar to Boston’s Faneuil

Hall, but on a smaller scale —

curated by Samuelsson. Celebrated

architectural firm Skidmore, Owings

& Merrill (SOM) has been engaged

to design these new facets of

NJPAC’s campus.

NJPAC staff spent months meeting with

community groups across Newark, to

learn the needs of the city’s children,

senior citizens and young people.

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The Arts Center

welcomed in-person

audiences back in

Summer 2021. Rap

legend Rakim (left)

was among the artists

who drew joyful

crowds to the Horizon

Foundation Sounds of

the City outdoor concert

series. And comedian Vic

DiBitetto (far right) was

the first artist to appear,

post-pandemic, in front

of an in-person audience

in an NJPAC theater.

FROM NEW VIRTUAL VISTAS

TO FULL THEATERS

After a year and a half of exploring

digital programming, the Arts Center

reopens with a season of stars

For NJPAC and its audiences, the

future has never looked brighter.

In Fall 2021, the Arts Center will

welcome audiences back for a full,

in-person season of performances

of everything from jazz to doowop,

fado to R&B, with world-class artists

including Chaka Khan, Chris Botti,

Frankie Valli, Mariza and more

appearing on its stages.

This exciting season follows the

successful relaunch of the Horizon

Foundation Sounds of the City

outdoor concert series this summer.

These free concerts, a tradition

in Newark, were a chance for

the community to reunite and

remember how exciting watching

an artist perform in person can be.

Thousands greeted performers like

legendary rapper Rakim, reggae

fusion band Third World and Arts

Center favorite Felix Hernandez at

the weekly series.

The Arts Center’s reopening officially

kicked off on June 26, when

comedian Vic DiBitetto stepped

onto the Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch

Stage in the Victoria Theater in front

a packed, if socially-distanced,

house — the first performer to

appear before a live audience at

the Arts Center in 15 months.

This thrilling return to live

performance follows a year in which

NJPAC grew into a powerhouse

of digital content. The Arts Center

programmers began by producing

virtual events for NJPAC members

and ticket buyers almost as soon

as its theaters closed — and then

expanded its work into sharing that

programming with audiences and

organizations across the country.

Last Fall, when the Arts Center was

able to produce a full slate of jazz

content through the TD Bank Jazz

Series, it offered that content for

free to other organizations that

shared its mission of growing new

audiences for “America’s classical

music.” The Jazz Standard, one of

New York City’s largest jazz clubs,

as well as the State Theater in New

Brunswick, Montclair’s Jazz House

Kids, and the Cape May-based

Exit Zero Jazz Festival, all offered

NJPAC’s virtual programs.

During the 2020 holiday season,

NJPAC took its virtual programming

even further, launching its Hip

Hop Nutcracker on an extended

nationwide virtual tour. This

production, which marries

Tchaikovsky’s beloved holiday

music to athletic hip hop dance, has

been a staple of NJPAC’s December

programming. During the virtual

tour, a filmed version was presented

virtually by arts centers coast-tocoast,

including Lincoln Center,

The Kennedy Center, Miami’s Arsht

Center, Cleveland’s Playhouse

Square and the Los Angeles Music

Center. More than 200 scheduled

“streams” of the production were

shown in 74 markets over the course

of the tour, reaching more than

100,000 viewers.

The Arts Center’s social justice

programming, launched in response

to the murder of George Floyd,

included many online events that

resonated with audiences far and

wide. One example: A screening

of Good Trouble, a documentary

about Representative John Lewis

of Georgia, the Congressman

and activist, paired with a panel

discussion about his legacy was

shared virtually with more than

60 cultural organizations. More

than 12,000 viewers participated.

“This is now part of our

organizational mission, and one

that will only grow,” says David

Rodriguez, NJPAC’s Executive

Producer, who spearheaded the

Arts Center’s digital expansion.

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FINDING THEIR VOICES, VIRTUALLY

All year long, NJPAC brought the life-enhancing

power of the performing arts to students

From virtual band practice to online

collaborations between poets and

musicians, NJPAC’s arts education

program grew and expanded online

throughout the past year.

Saturday arts training initiatives,

including the long-running Wells

Fargo Jazz For Teens program,

Hip Hop Arts and Culture classes,

and programs in drama and

musical theater, reached students

virtually through Zoom meetings,

Google Meets and a host of

other online platforms. In the Mix,

an online gathering for students,

was developed as a free virtual

clubhouse where students of all

art forms drive conversations

about climate change, social

justice, arts activism and other

issues. The Arts Center’s new

Creative Coaching program paired

faculty with a small cohort of

students to help them achieve their

goals outside of the classroom.

City Verses, NJPAC and Rutgers-

Newark’s multi-pronged initiative in

celebration of the tradition of making

performances that blend jazz music

and poetry — supported by a grant

from the Mellon Foundation — grew

to include summer camp programs,

virtual community performances, and

in-school programs delivered as a

video content series that was created

and shared with schools, so poetry

and jazz faculty could conduct

lessons online. After about every

third lesson, a flurry of recorded

tracks — words and music —were

synchronized by NJPAC Director of

Jazz Instruction Mark Gross, Jazz

Co-Artistic Lead Alvester Garnett,

and Dr. Rigoberto González, head

of the Rutgers graduate creative

writing program, to illustrate what

a collaborative performance looks

and sounds like.

“And it worked,” Gross says of the

virtual residencies. “The schools loved

it. The students loved it. The success

of the program allowed us to grow

the program from the four schools

we began with to, in the Fall 2020

semester, six schools.”

Summer camps remained virtual

this year, and tuition was significantly

reduced.

“We didn’t want to keep families and

students from participating in the

arts because of cost, a cornerstone

of NJPAC Arts Education is to remove

as many barriers to participation as

possible” says Jennifer Tsukayama,

Vice President of Arts Education,

who adds that the morning session

of one Summer program was $75 for

a month-long camp.

In-person arts education programs

will resume in Fall 2021 — but a

handful of NJPAC’s students got

an early opportunity to return

to making art live, when those

participating in the Hip Hop

Arts and Culture and City Verses

programs were invited to perform

at NJPAC’s Horizon Foundation

Sounds of the City summer concert

series, as the opening act for hip

hop legend Rakim. It was the first

in-person event for NJPAC students

since the pandemic began.

“And it was joyous,” says Rosa

Hyde, NJPAC’s Director of Arts

Education Performances & Special

Event Operations.

“When I went to the rehearsal, all I

could think was: I am so excited to

play music with real humans again

for the first time in a year and half!”

exulted Lili M., a 14-year-old pianist

from Cranford who took part in

the City Verses summer camp and

performed at the July event.

Sheikia Norris — NJPAC’s Director

of Hip Hop Education Programs,

better known to her students by

her hip hop name, Purple Haze —

notes the rehearsals for this Sounds

of the City appearance were the first

times her students had been together

since they went on a field trip to hip

hop venues in New York City

on March 9, 2020.

“Several times [at the event] I found

myself crying, I was just so happy —

to see them all, to be alive to witness

this after last year,” she recalls.

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to Toby and Lee and the

Cooperman Family and thank

you for all that you do for NJPAC

and New Jersey!

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Arts Education program.

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Center’s 2021 Women@NJPAC

Spotlight Gala.

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The Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation, Wyncote Foundation and Fuel Merchants Association of New Jersey.


Congratulations

To tonight’s honorees

Toby & Leon G. Cooperman

and the Cooperman Family

Proud to support the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and

Women@NJPAC

Toby and Leon

and their children

are people we respect

for the investments

they have made to

the community —

each has had a

positive impact on

tens of thousands

of lives.

Congratulations

Congratulations to

Toby and Lee

and the Cooperman Family

for an honor

very well deserved.

Shelley and Steve Einhorn

to the Coopermans

and Cheers to NJPAC!

With thanks from

Meg & Howard Jacobs

and their family


wjbh.org

RWJBarnabas Health

proudly supports the

Women@NJPAC

and congratulates the

Founders Award honorees,

Toby and Leon G. Cooperman,

and the entire Cooperman Family.

Clara Maass Medical Center

Community Medical Center

Jersey City Medical Center

Monmouth Medical Center and

The Unterberg Children’s Hospital

Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and

Children’s Hospital of New Jersey

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and

The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset

Saint Barnabas Medical Center

RWJBarnabas Health Behavioral Health Center

Children’s Specialized Hospital

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

FOUNDERS AWARD

for commitment to

njpac, newark & the arts

The Founders Award — named in honor of Raymond and

Patricia Chambers, Arthur and Patricia Ryan, and Roy

and Diana Vagelos, champions of the New Jersey Performing

Arts Center since its earliest days — honors an individual

or institution whose achievements and service advance

NJPAC’s core mission:

Revitalizing our home city

of Newark and improving the

lives of it citizens; sustaining

New Jersey’s cultural

community with diverse

programming that engages

audiences from all across the

state; and providing an

education, in the arts and in

citizenship, to children in

Greater Newark and beyond.

The award recognizes a

profound generosity of spirit, a

thoughtful approach to

philanthropy, and a love of the

arts and of the city of Newark.

Honoring

individuals

whose

achievements

and service

advance

njpac’s

mission.

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history of

spotlight

gala

HONOREES

Ralph A. LaRossa, and Ralph Izzo, 2019 Honorees

1997

The Chambers Award:

Raymond and

Patricia Chambers

The Vagelos Award:

Dr. P. Roy Vagelos and

Diana Vagelos

1998

The Chambers Award:

Allen and Joan Bildner

The Vagelos Award:

The Star-Ledger and

Susan and

Donald Newhouse

1999

The Chambers Award:

The Lewis Katz Family

The Vagelos Award:

AT&T and

Richard Martin

2000

The Chambers Award:

The Honorable

Thomas H. Kean

The Vagelos Award:

CIT and Albert Gamper

2001

The Chambers Award:

Betty Wold Johnson

and Douglas Bushnell

The Vagelos Award:

PSE&G, E. James Ferland

and Alfred Koeppe

2002

The Chambers Award:

Josh and Judy Weston

The Ryan Award:

Arthur and Patricia Ryan

The Vagelos Award:

Verizon and

Dennis Bone

2003

The Chambers Award:

Victor Parsonnet

The Ryan Award:

Lore and Eric Ross

The Vagelos Award:

Wachovia Corporation

and Reginald E. Davis

2004

The Chambers Award:

Michael R.

Griffinger, Esq.

The Ryan Award:

Arlene and Leonard

Lieberman

The Vagelos Award:

American Express

Company and

Edward Gilligan

2005

The Chambers Award:

Ruth and

A. Michael Lipper

The Ryan Award:

Savion Glover

The Vagelos Award:

Sills Cummis & Gross

and Clive Cummis

2006

The Chambers Award:

Morris and Charlotte

Tanenbaum

The Ryan Award:

Mary Sue Sweeney Price

and Clement Price

The Vagelos Award:

ADP and

Arthur Weinbach

2007

10 th Anniversary

The Chambers Award:

The Chambers Family

The Ryan Award:

The Ryan Family

The Vagelos Award:

The Vagelos Family

2008

The Chambers Award:

Leon G. and Toby

Cooperman

The Ryan Award:

Barbara Bell Coleman

and The Honorable

Claude Coleman

The Vagelos Award:

Horizon Blue Cross Blue

Shield of New Jersey

and William Marino

2009

The Chambers Award:

Marc E. Berson

The Ryan Award:

Nina Mitchell Wells, Esq.

and Theodore V. Wells,

Jr., Esq.

The Vagelos Award:

Merck & Co., Inc. and

J. Chris Scalet

2010

The Chambers Award:

Rose and John Cali

The Ryan Award:

Donald A. Robinson, Esq.

The Vagelos Award:

Prudential Financial and

John R. Strangfeld

2011

The Chambers Award:

Mary Ellen and

Robert C. Waggoner

The Ryan Award:

Trish Morris-Yamba and

Dr. A. Zachary Yamba

The Vagelos Award:

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

and James E. (Jes) Staley

2012

The Chambers Award:

Walter and Judy Shipley

The Ryan Award:

Alfred C. Koeppe

The Vagelos Award:

PwC and Robert E.

Moritz

2013

The Chambers Award:

Veronica M. Goldberg

The Ryan Award:

Cephas Bowles

The Vagelos Award:

Gibbons P.C. and

Patrick C. Dunican, Jr.,

Esq.

2014

The Chambers Award:

William J. and

Paula Marino

The Ryan Award:

Lawrence P. Goldman

The Vagelos Award:

The Chubb

Corporation and

Harold L. Morrison, Jr.

2015

The Chambers Award:

Nicolas Berggruen and

Ron Beit

The Ryan Award:

Robert and Patricia

Curvin

The Vagelos Award:

United Airlines and

Oscar Munoz

2016

The Chambers Award:

Stephen P. Holmes

and Wyndham

Worldwide

The Ryan Award:

Victor L. Davson

The Vagelos Award:

Robert H. Doherty and

Bank of America

2017

20 th Anniversary

The Founders Award:

Don Katz, Founder and

CEO of Audible

2018

The Founders Award:

Barry H. Ostrowsky,

President and CEO

of RWJBarnabas

Health

2019

The Founders Award:

Ralph Izzo,

Chairman, President and

Chief Executive Officer

Public Service Enterprise

Group

Ralph A. LaRossa,

President and Chief

Operating Officer,

PSEG Power

2020

The Founders Award:

Thomas H. Kean,

Former Governor of

New Jersey

Philip D. Murphy,

Governor of New Jersey

Tammy Snyder Murphy,

First Lady of New Jersey

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WOMEN@NJPAC

Women@NJPAC Board of Trustees 2021

PRESIDENT

Faith Taylor

Environmental, Social,

Governance Leader

Tesla

CO-EXECUTIVE

VICE PRESIDENTS

Margarethe Laurenzi

Chief Philanthropic Officer

Community Foundation

of New Jersey

Sonia Luaces

Partner

PwC LLP

VICE PRESIDENTS

Deborah Q. Belfatto

Community Leader and

Philanthropist

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Mindy A. Cohen

Community Leader and

Philanthropist

Suzanne M. Spero

Executive Director

The MCJ Amelior Foundation

TREASURER

Lisa Osofsky

Partner, Private Client Services

Practice Leader

Mazars USA, LLP

SECRETARY

Christine Pearson

Community Leader and

Philanthropist

IMMEDIATE PAST

PRESIDENT

Marcia Wilson Brown, Esq.

Retired Vice Chancellor

for External and

Governmental Relations

Rutgers University – Newark

Farah N. Ansari

Partner

Schenck, Price, Smith &

King, LLP

Rana Peterson Barclay

Community Leader and

Philanthropist

Audrey Bartner

Community Leader and

Philanthropist

Adenah Bayoh

Owner/Managing Member

Foya Foods, LLC

Sherri-Ann P. Butterfield,

Ph.D

Executive Vice Chancellor

Rutgers University – Newark

Patricia L. Capawana

Retired Vice President

Executive Events

Prudential Financial

Alejandra Ceja

Executive Director

Panasonic Foundation

Panasonic Corporation

of North America

Patricia A. Chambers* **

Community Leader and

Philanthropist; Chair

Lambert Bridge Winery

Sally Chubb* **

Community Leader and

Philanthropist

Mary Lynn Clark

Retired President

Wyndham Vacation Rentals

Barbara Bell Coleman**

President

BBC Associates, LLC

Michellene Davis, Esq.

President and CEO

National Medical

Fellowships, Inc.

Antoinette Ellis-Williams

Chairperson and Professor

Department of Women’s

and Gender Studies

NJCU

Catherine J. Flynn

Partner

Flynn Watts Law

Christine C. Gilfillan

President

The MCJ Amelior Foundation

Tenagne Girma-Jeffries

Founder and CEO

The Cultivation Group

Aisha Glover

Vice President

Center for Urban Innovation

Audible

Veronica M. Goldberg* **

Community Leader and

Philanthropist

Shané Harris

President

The Prudential Financial

Foundation

Zenola Harper, Esq.

Vice President

Litigation, Labor &

Employment

Horizon BCBS of New Jersey

Tammye T. Jones

Community Leader and

Philanthropist

Sheila F. Klehm**

Managing Director

Wealth Management

UBS Financial Services Inc.

Ruth C. Lipper**

Community Leader and

Philanthropist

Dena F. Lowenbach**

Community Leader and

Philanthropist

Marlie Massena

Senior Brand Planner

Jellyfish

Gabriella E. Morris, Esq.*

Senior Vice President

The UNICEF Bridge Fund,

U.S. Fund for UNICEF

Ferlanda Fox Nixon, Esq.

Chief of Policy and

Government Affairs

African American Chamber

of Commerce of New Jersey

and Editor, TAPinto Denville

Lori Spoon

Senior Vice President

Global Head of Customer

& Broker Engagement

Berkshire Hathaway

Specialty Insurance

Mary Kay Strangfeld**

Community Leader and

Philanthropist

Mikki Taylor

President, Satin Doll

Productions, Inc.

Editor-at-Large, ESSENCE

Magazine

Diana T. Vagelos* **

Community Leader and

Philanthropist

Nina Mitchell Wells, Esq.

Former Secretary of State

State of New Jersey

Nicole D. Wescoe

Regional President

Whole Foods Market

Northeast Region

*Founding Member

**Trustee Emerita

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Women@NJPAC

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS oct—dec 2021

babyface

nov 21

sarah

brightman

nov 27

oct 30

frankie valli and

the four seasons

nov 19–20

oct 2021

Thu Oct 14 7:30PM Boney James

Fri Oct 15 8PM Havasi

Fri Oct 15 7:30PM Tierney Sutton & Ann Hampton Callaway — In Technicolor

Sun Oct 17 7PM Los Tigres del Norte

Fri Oct 22 7:30PM Parsons Dance

Fri Oct 22 8PM 90’s All-Star Dance Concert

featuring Robin S., CeCe Peniston, Black Sheep, Ten City,

Lumidee, George Lamond, Lisette Melendez, Aly-Us,

Nardo Ranks, Marshall Jefferson, Strafe,

Rochelle Fleming and Boriqua Posse

Sat Oct 23 8PM Ledisi with special guests Musiq Soulchild & Kenyon Dixon

Fri Oct 29 8PM Gilberto Santa Rosa

Sat Oct 30 2PM Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows TM Part 1 In Concert

with the NJSO

nov 2021

Fri Nov 5 8PM John Waite

Fri Nov 19 8PM Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons

Sat Nov 20 8PM Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons

Sun Nov 21 7PM Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds

Fri Nov 26 8PM Thanksgiving Comedy Fest

with Earthquake, Luenell, Capone, Smokey

and hosted by Tony Rock

Sat Nov 27 8PM Sarah Brightman — A Christmas Symphony

Sat Nov 27 8 & 10PM Chris Distefano

TD James Moody Jazz Festival

Fri Nov 5 6 & 8:30PM Django Festival Allstars featuring Samson Schmitt,

Ludovic Beier, Pierre Blanchard, Doudou Cuillerier

& Antonio Licusati

Sat Nov 6 6PM Jazz Vespers: Buster Williams

Sat Nov 6 7PM Nimbus Dance

Sat Nov 6 8PM Chaka Khan with special guest Leela James

Sun Nov 7 2PM WBGO Kids Jazz: Don Braden Septet

Thu Nov 11 7:30PM Christian McBride’s The Movement Revisited:

A Musical Portrait of Four Icons

Fri Nov 12 7PM Divine Sass: Lillias White Sings Sarah Vaughan

Fri Nov 12 8PM Chris Botti

Sat Nov 13 8PM Dianne Reeves plus Artemis featuring Renee Rosnes,

Anat Cohen, Ingrid Jensen, Nicole Glover,

Noriko Ueda and Allison Miller

Sat Nov 13 2PM The WBGO Story: Bright Moments from Newark

to the World

Sun Nov 14 11AM & 1PM Dorthaan’s Place: Cyrus Chestnut

Sun Nov 14 3PM Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition

Sun Nov 21 3 & 7PM Maria Schneider Orchestra

dec 2021

Wed Dec 1 7:30PM Neil deGrasse Tyson —

The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries

Fri Dec 3 7:30PM The Princess Bride — An Inconceivable Evening

with Cary Elwes

Sat Dec 4 7PM Richard Thompson

Tue Dec 7 8PM Earth, Wind & Fire

Wed Dec 8 8PM Earth, Wind & Fire

Thu Dec 9 7:30PM Jane Lynch — A Swingin’ Little Christmas! Live in Concert

Fri Dec 10 7 & 9:30PM Kathleen Madigan — Do You Have Any Ranch? Tour

Sat Dec 11 3PM The Nutcracker — State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine

Sun Dec 12 3PM Greg Gutfeld: The Plus Tour with special guest Tom Shillue

Wed Dec 15 7:30PM Mannheim Steamroller — Christmas

Sat Dec 18 2 & 8PM The Hip Hop Nutcracker with MC Kurtis Blow

Fri Dec 31 10AM & 2PM Paw Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure

Sun Jan 2 10AM & 2PM Paw Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure

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