NJPAC goes Hollywood

Our can-do volunteers get the star treatment. Bravo!


Volunteers may be acclaimed for their supporting roles, but they were the stars of NJPAC’s Hollywood-themed Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on May 8.


“NJPAC Volunteers Shine Bright” declared the program, which was emceed by NJPAC musical theater Teaching Artist Daryl Stewart and featured the rhythms of Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens. The annual event in Prudential Hall lobby called for a Tinsel Town setting, with flowers, speeches, tributes, feathered boas, and no winning-envelope mishaps.


This year’s Oscar-worthy “performers” were Doris Revis, recipient of the Dena F. Lowenbach Volunteer of the Year Award, and Shirlene Wonzer, who was honored by Guest Services staff with the Kandice Dickinson Award.


The biggest surprise was saved for Ginny Bowers Coleman, Director of the Office of Volunteer Services and a nearly 17-year employee of NJPAC, who was crowned with a tiara by her co-worker friends and formally recognized for her motivational, inspiring, spirited, caring and professional qualities. “And that’s just the short list,” quipped Marsha Bonner, Assistant Vice President of Human Resources.


“There’s never a dull moment when Ginny’s in the house,” Bonner added, before presenting her with an engraved plaque. “We are more than fortunate to have her on the NJPAC team.”


Other guest speakers included Dena Lowenbach – NJPAC’s founding volunteer and a Trustee of the Women’s Association of NJPAC, which presents the dinner – and NJPAC Board Member Michael Griffinger. “(Volunteers) help carry out the mission here, which has so many aspects: diversity, entertainment and community,” Griffinger told attendees.


NJPAC President and CEO John Schreiber was joined by Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka in a taped greeting. Both commended the more than 250 volunteers and interns that comprise NJPAC’s small army of ambassadors and emphasized the importance of volunteerism to the life of the city.


May 16, 2017