Record-Breaking Fundraiser - Nonprofit State Theatre Benefit Raises $765,000; Highest Grossing Gala in State Theatre’s 25 Year History

The 2014 State Theatre Benefit Gala, featuring Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons in concert, raised over $765,000 for the nonprofit performing arts center, making it the the highest-grossing fundraiser in the theater's 25 year history.

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New Brunswick, NJ (PRWEB) May 20, 2014

On May 17, 2014 the State Theatre Benefit Gala, featuring Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons in concert, raised over $765,000 for the nonprofit performing arts center, a 24% increase over last year. The culminating event for the State Theatre’s 25th anniversary season, this year’s Gala was the highest-grossing fundraiser in its 25-year history. Proceeds from the Benefit Gala—which was a sold out event for both gala tickets as well as concert only tickets—support the State Theatre’s acclaimed artistic and educational programs.

“We are extremely proud to say that because of the outstanding honorees, an enthusiastic volunteer gala committee, and our featured performer, the State Theatre had its most successful fundraiser ever,” commented Warren R. Zimmerman, Chairman of the State Theatre Board of Trustees.

This year’s gala concert featured a performance by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. A true American legend, Frankie Valli performed classics such as “Walk Like A Man,” “Big Girls Don't Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “December ‘63 – Oh What A Night,” and “Can't Take My Eyes Off of You.”

The State Theatre Benefit Gala 2014 recognized four honorees this year—Corporate honoree, Boraie Development; Silver Anniversary honoree, Johnson & Johnson; and Leadership in the Arts honorees, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation and the J. Seward Johnson, Sr. 1963 Charitable Trust.

“Consistent with the commitment in Our Credo to support the communities in which we live and work, we’re truly proud of our 25 year partnership with the historic State Theatre, which is a cornerstone of the arts community here in New Jersey,” said Dominic Caruso, Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Johnson & Johnson.

“On behalf of the Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation, I would like to express our Foundation’s sincere appreciation for the honor of being the recipients of the Leadership in the Arts Award. We are proud of the State Theatre for bringing such world-class entertainment to New Brunswick, which surely makes our NJ community a better place to live,” said Laura Zagoren Baron, President of The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.

“Boraie Development LLC is proud to be one of the honorees alongside Johnson & Johnson, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, and the J. Seward Trust. All of the aforementioned have given decades of investment and hope to the City of New Brunswick and as this year’s Corporate Honoree we are humbled to be following such great community leaders,” said Wasseem Boraie, Vice President, Boraie Development.

“The J. Seward Johnson, Sr. 1963 Charitable Trust’s historic participation with the State Theatre has been particularly rewarding, as expressed by the Theatre’s innovative, exciting and diverse presentations, which continue to bring enjoyment to all,” said Robert Campbell, former Trustee of J. Seward Johnson, Sr. 1963 Charitable Trust.

More than 520 patrons attended the Black-Tie Dinner Dance at New Brunswick’s The Heldrich Hotel. Among the attendees were community, arts, business, and civic leaders from central New Jersey and around the state. In addition to the concert, Gala festivities included a dinner reception, a silent auction with over 90 items, open bars, dessert bars, dancing, an educational scotch tasting provided by William Grant & Sons, and live music.

“We thank the entire Gala Committee for their hard work and dedication in making this year’s event successful,” commented Gala Co-Chairs Douglas and Diane Garback, Prudential – The Garback Agency. “Every committee member brought a special set of skills to the table and the result was the most successful gala in the State Theatre’s 25 year history.”

The State Theatre Benefit Gala 2014 committee included (Trustee/Gala Co-Chair) Doug Garback of Manasquan; (Gala Co-Chair) Diane Garback of Manasquan; (Trustee/Gala Vice-Chair) Scott Fergang of Ramsey; (Gala Vice-Chair) Richard T. McDonald of Millstone Township; (Trustee) Henry D. Bignell of Woodbridge; (Trustee) Ann H. Asbaty of Randolph; Lisa Berlin of Highland Park; (Trustee) Sam Boraie of New Brunswick; Mary Agnes Brodowski of Yardley, PA; Henry A. Dombrowski of Annadale; Cathy Gombas of East Brunswick; (Trustee) Jacqueline Hancock-Pena of Perth Amboy; Eileen Harkins of New Brunswick; (Trustee) Bill Herman of Clifton; Carolyn and Dave Horn of Skillman; Charles and Ruth Larsson of Cranbury; (Trustee) Caryl Mackin-Wagner of Williamstown; (Trustee) Andrew J. Markey of Basking Ridge; Jeff and Theresa Moeller of North Haledon; Patrick and Mary Ellen Morris of Somerset; (Trustee) Sherard Murphy of Piscataway; (Trustee) Susan Podlogar of Flemington; John Reissner of Tinton Falls; Frank Santiago of Hillside; Maggie Stavrianidis of Somerset; (Trustee) Peter Stavrianidis of Somerset; and (Trustee) Robin Suydam of Somerset.

The Emerald Gala Sponsors included: Efrem B. Dlugacz/Scott Sweeney, Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, and Caryl Mackin-Wagner and Michael Wagner.

Diamond Gala Sponsors included: CIGNA and Insigniam.

Platinum Gala Sponsors included American Benefits Consulting; Boost Technologies, LLC; Boraie Development LLC; Robert and Joan Campbell; Russell and Stephanie Deyo; John J. Heldrich; Andrew J. and Betty Markey; Mercer; NASCO; RBC Wealth Management; and Trion.

State Theatre, a premier nonprofit venue for the performing arts and entertainment. The theater exists to enrich people’s lives, contribute to a vital urban environment, and build future audiences by presenting the finest performing artists and entertainers and fostering lifetime appreciation for the performing arts through education. The State Theatre’s programs are made possible, in part, by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals. The Heldrich is the official hotel of the State Theatre. Magic 98.3 is the official radio station of the State Theatre. The Star-Ledger is the official newspaper of the State Theatre. United is the official airline of the State Theatre.

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State Theatre Gala Honorees. Photo by Mary B. Photography & Design.


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Frankie Valli with Susan (State Theatre Trustee and Vice President, Global Compensation & Performance at Johnson & Johnson) and Brent Podloger. Photo by Mary B. Photography & Design.


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State Theatre Gala Co-Chairs Douglas and Diane Garback. Photo by Mary B. Photography & Design.


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