Volunteers Dinner 2013
A Big Hand
NJPAC’s volunteers flex serious muscle. They unselfishly dedicate their time and talent to keep the Arts Center’s departments running in harmony and that’s why each year we ask them to take a bow.
Volunteers are “The Heart and Soul of NJPAC,” which, fittingly, was also the title of this year’s Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, presented annually by the Women’s Association of NJPAC. The festivities, held in the Prudential Hall lobby, included the presentation of the Kandice Dickinson Award to Adilah Quddus of Newark and the Dena F. Lowenbach Volunteer of the Year Award to Mary Lou Lunin of Westfield. Many other volunteers were honored with Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Lifetime Achievement Awards, based on the number of hours they devoted to NJPAC.
Speakers included Ginny Bowers Coleman, Director of Volunteer Services; Dena F. Lowenbach, Trustee of the Women’s Association of NJPAC and John Schreiber, NJPAC President and CEO. Carlos Lejnieks, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson & Union Counties, described the rewards of volunteerism.
“Service is an essential part of our community,” he said. “It makes verbal commitments real, it makes buildings come to life, it helps manifest people’s inner goodness. If it’s either being a volunteer mentor to a child or a volunteer at NJPAC, this form of giving back is what will help Newark realize its full potential.”
Musical entertainment during cocktails was provided by young musicians of NJPAC’s Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens, while dinner was accompanied by a performance by pianist Daniel Rufolo.
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