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The State Theatre 2016 Benefit Gala was Nothing "Short" of a Success!

On Saturday, April 30, 2016, the State Theatre celebrated another great year for the performing arts in central New Jersey with our annual Benefit Gala. This year’s Gala featured an incredible performance from Martin Short, who kept the audience in stitches with his stories and portrayal of characters he has made famous, such as Ed Grimley and Franck from the Father of the Bride movies. A highlight from the performance was a hilarious Jiminy Glick interview with New Brunswick’s Mayor Jim Cahill, who received lots of applause for holding his own with the legendary comedian.

The State Theatre Gala is an annual event—the biggest fundraiser that we hold each season. This year’s event raised an incredible $574,839 to support the Theatre’s acclaimed artistic and educational programs. The Silent Auction featured almost 70 items, including vacations, jewelry, sports and performance tickets, and much more! This year’s Wine Pull featured “Wines from Around the World” and included 180 bottles of wine, ranging in value from $30-$182 per bottle.

At this year’s Gala, we were privileged to show our support of individuals and organizations that have shown dedication and commitment to the performing arts and to the State Theatre for many years. Our 2016 awards were given to Aon Hewitt (Corporate honoree), Joan and Robert Campbell (Patron honorees), and Greater Media New Jersey (Leadership in the Arts honoree). We are so grateful for their continued support of the State Theatre and their devotion to keeping the performing arts thriving.

We send a big thank you to each individual or organization that supported the Gala by attending the event and performance, donating to our Silent Auction and Wine Pull, purchasing 50/50 tickets, etc.

And lastly but most importantly, we send our sincere gratitude and thanks to the entire Gala Committee and Board of Trustees for their incredible support and dedication to making this event a resounding success.

With Our Deepest Thanks,
The Benefit Gala Co-Chairs and Vice-Chairs,
and the State Theatre Staff and Volunteers

2016 Benefit Gala Honorees
Aon Hewitt
Corporate Award     
Joan and Robert Campbell
Patron Award
Greater Media New Jersey
Leadership in the Arts Award

Benefit Gala Co-Chairs
Brent Podlogar, TCNJ
Susan Podlogar
, Johnson & Johnson

Benefit Gala Vice-Chairs
Jacqueline Hancock-Pena, Investors Bank
Scott Fergang,
RBC Wealth Management

2016 Gala Committee
Dee Abedraboh
Lisa Berlin
Madiha Boraie
Cathy Gombas
Eileen Harkins
Dan Henrickson
Bill Herman
Carolyn and Dave Horn
Ernie W. Knewitz
Curt Lang

Andrew J. Markey
Richard T. McDonald
Mary Ellen Morris
Karen Needham
Linda Piscadlo
John Reissner
Peter Stavrianidis, Ph.D
   and Maggie Stavrianidis
Jennifer Zimmer

Emerald Partners:
Aon Hewitt
Joan and Robert Campbell
Greater Media New Jersey
Johnson & Johnson

Platinum Partners:
American Benefits Consulting, An Alliant Insurance Services Company
Russell and Stephanie Deyo

Scroll through our Flickr slideshow below!
State theatre benefit gala 2016
New Jersey State Council on the Arts The Heldrich The Star-Ledger Magic 98.3 United Airlines