State Theatre Honors Colonia Residents Sharon and Louis Cyktor at the 2015 Benefit Gala on May 16

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State Theatre will honor Colonia residents Sharon and Louis Cyktor with the State Theatre Patron Award at the 2015 State Theatre Benefit Gala on Saturday, May 16, 2015 featuring Beach Boy founder Brian Wilson in concert.

State Theatre will honor Colonia residents Sharon and Louis Cyktor with the State Theatre Patron Award at the 2015 State Theatre Benefit Gala on Saturday, May 16, 2015 featuring Beach Boy founder Brian Wilson in concert.

“Words cannot express our gratitude for this wonderful couple who have given so much through the years,” said Anna Marie Gewirtz, State Theatre Vice President of Development & Strategic Partnerships “We applaud them for their dedication and generosity.”

Married for 35 years, Sharon and Lou Cyktor have been generous donors to the State Theatre as well as many other charities in New Jersey. Sharon Cyktor joined the State Theatre Board of Trustees in 2013. A former flight attendant for American Airlines, Sharon served as the Eastern Division Representative for the Association of Professional Flight Attendants. In Fort Lauderdale she was named as one of the Women of the Year, and one of the Women of Style and Substance because of her charitable contributions. She served as President of STAR of Covenant House, Treasurer of PACERS and was a board member of numerous charities.

Lou Cyktor, a World War II veteran, purchased Fords Corner Deli and Liquor Store after his service. Later, Lou became a real estate broker and started Wick Real Estate. He realized that building was another avenue he wished to pursue and founded Wick Companies. He created numerous housing developments, and then decided that collecting rental income would be his next step. He assembled numerous properties and put together The Cyktor Building, Tano Mall, Wick Shopping Plaza, Wick Corporate Center, and Baywick Shopping Plaza along with more housing projects. After over 60 years as founder and CEO of Wick Companies, Lou sold his company and with Sharon took over the ownership and operation of Fords Corner LLC. He has served as President of the Lions Club in Fords, NJ and as a former Chairman of the Woodbridge Planning Board.

Gala Information
The Gala festivities begin at 5pm at The Heldrich Hotel and the performance will begin at 6pm. In addition to the concert, Gala guests will enjoy a reception, dinner with reserved seating, open bar, dancing, and live entertainment. The Benefit Gala, the State Theatre’s biggest annual event, underwrites the State Theatre’s artistically acclaimed programming and nationally recognized education programs. A portion of each ticket price represents a tax-deductible contribution to the State Theatre. Concert tickets range from $55-$150. For concert only tickets, call 732-246-SHOW (7469). Benefit Gala tickets are $700. For Benefit Gala tickets please call 732-247-7200, ext. 543.

The State Theatre’s Corporate Honoree award will be presented to Investors Bank and the Exemplary Leadership Honoree will be Warren R. Zimmerman (State Theatre Chairman 2010-14 and recent Interim President & CEO).

The 2015 Benefit Gala Co-Chairs are Brent (TCNJ) and Susan Podlogar (Johnson & Johnson, State Theatre Trustee) with support from Vice-Chairs Scott Fergang (State Theatre Vice Chairman) of RBC Wealth Management and Jacqueline Hancock-Pena (State Theatre Trustee) of Investors Bank.

About the Gala Artist
Beach Boys co-founder, Brian Wilson, is one of popular music’s most deeply revered figures and the main creative force behind some of the most cherished recordings in rock history. His classic songs include “Surfer Girl,” “In My Room,” “I Get Around,” “Don’t Worry Baby,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “God Only Knows,” “Sloop John B,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “California Girls,” and “Good Vibrations”...just to name a handful of the more than two dozen Top 40 hits Brian co-wrote, arranged, produced, and performed with his family band, The Beach Boys.

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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