Twenty-five years ago, nine women formed a group that blossomed into the Women’s Association of NJPAC, a powerhouse that has generated $52 million for the state’s anchor cultural institution.


The star-studded performance will pay tribute to the Women’s Association of NJPAC’s first Gala and feature the music of Ray Charles, who performed that night.  This one-night-only presentation will be the cornerstone of the year-long celebration and highlight New Jersey Performing Arts Center as the state’s leading performing arts center.


This festive fundraiser will not only be the party of the year in New Jersey – but will renew our commitment to support a thriving Arts Center for the next generation.


5:30 pm – Cocktails

7:00 pm – Dinner

8:30 pm – Performance & Award Ceremony

10:00 pm – Dessert Extravaganza and After Party


Festive Black Tie Attire


Founders Award 2019 Honorees


For Commitment to NJPAC, Newark and the Arts

Ralph Izzo
Chairman, President and CEO, PSEG
Ralph LaRossa
President and Chief Operating Officer, PSEG Power

Gala Co-Chairs:

Mindy A. Cohen
Vice President, Women’s Association of NJPAC
Debbie Dyson
President, ADP National Account Services

Marcus Samuelsson

Award-Winning Chef, Restaurateur, Author, and Co-Owner of Red Rooster Harlem and Marcus B&P


Lead Sponsor





The MCJ Amelior Foundation

Live Entertainment &
Media Sponsor

Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield of New Jersey


Vice Chairs
Mindy Cohen and David Bershad
Toby and Leon G. Cooperman
RWJBarnabas Health
Arthur F. Ryan
Tanenbaum Keale, LLP
Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch

Dinner Committee

Gibbons P.C.

American Express
Bank of America
Elberon Development Co.
Paula and Bill Marino
Merck & Co., Inc.
NJM Insurance Group
Rutgers University – Newark
Nina Mitchell Wells and Theodore V. Wells, Jr.

Official Airline of the Spotlight Gala 2019