State Theatre New Jersey


State Theatre New Jersey 2017 Benefit Gala

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Featured performance by Audra McDonald

Audra McDonald is unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry as both a singer and an actress. She is the recipient of a record-breaking six Tony Awards®, two Grammy Awards®, and an Emmy Award®. Her Tony®-winning performances include roles in Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. Now, see her live in concert as she performs hits from Broadway and the great American songbook.

The full Gala event includes a pre-performance cocktail reception, ticket to see Audra McDonald, and post-performance dinner dance with fabulous auctions, 50/50, live dance band, food, and open bar.

Send in the response form today to reserve your place for the Gala!

Interested in Concert-Only Tickets? Order here »

Black Tie Preferred


American Benefits Consulting

Corporate Award

Susan and Brent Podlogar

Patron Award

Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios and the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders

Leadership in the Arts Award

Benefit Gala co-chairs

Scott Fergang, RBC Wealth Management
Barbra Fergang

Benefit Gala Vice-Chairs

Linda Piscadlo, Johnson & Johnson
Matt Taylor, Moody’s Investors Service
Tracy Taylor, Plymouth Rock Management Company of New Jersey

Corporate Co-Chair


Bradd M. Chignoli, Senior Vice President – National Accounts, MetLife


Shideh Sedgh Bina, Founding Partner, Insigniam


2017 Gala Committee

Dee Abedraboh
Lisa Berlin
Hiam Boraie
Meredith Bzdak
Michael Bzdak
Bradd M. Chignoli
Cathy Gombas
Craig Guiffre
Eileen Harkins
Bill Herman
Gabriel Lavigne

Richard T. McDonald
Donna Miyamoto
Karen Needham
John Reissner
Maggie Stavrianidis
Kateryna Synyak
Wendy Wiebalk
Melanie Willoughby
Jennifer Zimmer

Reception and Dinner Dance at The Heldrich Hotel
Individual Tickets $700

Corporate Partner, Underwriter, and Patron Table opportunities available.  Click here for more information or contact Alisson Canavera at 732-247-7200, ext. 543.

Seating for this year’s Gala is very limited, and we expect to sell out early! To reserve your spot for the Gala, please print out a copy of the response form and mail or email it to: State Theatre New Jersey 2017 Benefit Gala, 40 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 or


Emerald Partners

American Benefits Consulting



diamond Partner



Joan and Bob Campbell


Platinum Partners

Ernst & Young, LLP

Susan and Brent Podlogar


Other Ways You Can Support Our Annual Benefit Gala

Donate a unique item or experience to the Silent Auction

Each year, our Gala Silent Auction includes a multitude of unique items and experiences that our Gala guests and online bidding community can bid on to win. If you’d like to make a donation to our Silent Auction, please fill out the Silent Auction form  and submit it with your item to State Theatre New Jersey. Any submissions must be received by The State before May 8, 2017.

Purchase an ad in the 2017 Gala Spotlight Journal

The Gala Spotlight Journal is an 8.5” x 11” glossy, bound keepsake distributed to all Gala Concert attendees, and is also viewable online (see below). This is a great way to showcase your business to approximately 1,800 Gala Concert patrons, including 450 of the state’s key leaders in business, government, and philanthropy, or a fabulous way to send a special message to the Gala Honorees, Committee or State Theatre New Jersey. Please fill out the Spotlight Journal form and submit it as soon as possible to All ad contracts and artwork must be received by The State before April 21, 2017 in the form of a PDF or JPG file.

The 2016 Benefit Gala Spotlight Journal — Published April 30, 2016

Photos from the 2016 Benefit Gala

State Theatre Benefit Gala 2016

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