It’s NJPAC’s 25th anniversary season. We have so much to celebrate — and so much to look forward to! At this special anniversary Spotlight Gala, we will raise a glass to “The Impossible Dream” come true: The building of a world-class performing arts center in the heart of downtown Newark. That dream became a reality in 1997 and the Arts Center quickly became the city’s crown jewel, a place that brought joy and inspiration to so many. Since then, NJPAC has reached almost two million children and families through arts education programs, dramatically fueled Newark’s revitalization, and brought incredible artists to New Jersey. This year saw the launch of ambitious initiatives that will deliver on the Arts Center’s mission for decades to come:

The Cooperman Family Arts Education and Community Center will be a new home for our arts training programs, and initiatives designed for everyone from babies to older adults. Our film and TV production studio will bring jobs and a new focus on Newark as a city of the arts. The redevelopment of our campus will create a whole neighborhood of homes, shops, restaurants and arts venues around our theaters. The redesign of Chambers Plaza will make it a welcoming space for outdoor gatherings 12 months a year. Join us to salute everything that NJPAC is — and all it will become.

 gala performance 

the possible dream:
25th anniversary celebration

An evening of New Jersey’s stars performing with young talents from NJPAC’s Arts Education programs and the Berklee College of Music, with musical direction by Ray Chew!


 founders award 2022 honorees 

Honoring the Chambers Family for their inspiring philanthropy and extraordinary commitment to the City of Newark, NJPAC, and Women@NJPAC.

The Chambers Family
Ray and Patti Chambers
Christine and Mike Gilfillan
Michael and Tina Chambers
Jennifer and Mercel Chambers

 gala 2022 chair 

Mindy A. Cohen

Community Leader and Philanthropist

 schedule of events 

5:30PM  Cocktails
6:45PM  Gourmet Dinner
8:00PM  25th Anniversary Gala Concert & Founders Award Ceremony
9:30PM  Dessert Extravaganza, Dancing & Special Delights

attire | dress to the nines


Your continued generosity and enthusiasm will sustain us as we look forward to the next chapter in the Art Center’s history as our doors reopen to the community.

For more information, please contact Women@NJPAC at women@njpac.org or call Sarah Rosen, Managing Director at 973.297.5806.


 generously sponsored by 

Lead Sponsor

underwriter sponsor
The MCJ Amelior Foundation

spotlight sponsor
Mindy A. Cohen and
David J. Bershad

vice chairs
Toby and Leon G. Cooperman
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield
of New Jersey
Merck & Co., Inc.
Arthur F. Ryan
Tanenbaum Keale, LLP
Nina and Ted Wells
Windels Marx

platinum sponsor
Gibbons, P.C.

gold sponsors
American Express
Audible, Inc
Bank of America
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence E. Bathgate, II
CastleOak Securities, L.P.
Elberon Development Group
The Fidelco Group, Randi and Marc E. Berson
The Griffinger Family
Steven M. Goldman
Harris Blitzer Sports Entertainment/The Philadelphia 76ERS
Joan and William Hickey
The Honorable Thomas H. Kean
William and Paula Marino
NJM Insurance Group
Rutgers University – Newark
RWJBarnabas Health
The Smart Family Foundation/David S. Stone, Esq., Stone & Magnanini
Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch
Turner Construction Company
The Walsh Family

silver sponsors
Bloomberg Philanthropies
BNY Mellon
Boston Consulting Group
Community Foundation of New Jersey
Edison Properties Newark Foundation
Greenberg Traurig LLP
Jones Lang Lasalle, Inc.
Mazars, USA
McCarter & English, LLP
Seyfarth Shaw
Simon Quick Advisors
Tata Consultancy Services
United Airlines
Finn and Kim Wentworth
Josh Weston

Check out our 2022 Gala Journal!