Jewel In The Crown Event Raises Money For Visual Arts Center

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SUMMIT — Arts Patrons from throughout the tri-state area on gathered Saturday night to celebrate Visual Arts Center of New Jersey’s Jewel in the Crown spring benefit.

The event was inspired by the current exhibition Erasing Borders 2010: Contemporary Art of the Indian Diaspora, which focuses on the outstanding work of Indo-American artists. Jewel in the Crown was a tremendous success raising $105,000 for education and outreach programs that serve diverse communities throughout the tri-state region. The event welcomed 150 of the region’s prominent cultural, corporate and philanthropic leaders for cocktails, dining, a 50/50 raffle and performances by Infin8, NYC’s premier South Asian-fusion dance troupe.

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Co-Chairs for the event were Art Center Trustees Rasika Reddy of Summit and Patricia A. Bell of South Orange.  “This is the first time the Visual Arts Center has held a large-scale multicultural themed event.  This memorable evening was the result of the vision of the event committee and the hard work of the Art Center staff. Guests enjoyed the high quality, authentic Indian food by IPS Group and the entertainment by Infin8 Dance Company. The success of the evening beautifully illustrates how accepting our community and the Art Center is to diverse cultures found throughout New Jersey.” said Rasika Reddy. Co-chair Patricia A. Bell commented, “This party was an intimate affair that brought our community together in a fun and festive environment. Guests danced through to the end of the night and left wanting more.”

Left to Right: Trustee Jenny Reinhardt (Summit), Trustee Eliza Zachary (Summit), Event Co-Chair and Trustee Patricia A. Bell (South Orange), Event Co-Chair and Trustee Rasika Reddy (Summit), Trustee Jim Welch (Summit), Honorary Trustee Sally Abbott (Chatham)

Left to Right: Daniel Lalonde, President and CEO of Louis Vuitton North America and his wife Visual Arts Center of New Jersey Trustee Yvonne Lalonde (Florham Park) pose with a vintage Louis Vuitton Truck on display at the event that was commissioned by Maharaja Jagatjit Singh; one of Louis Vuitton’s biggest customers in the late 19th century and India’s most highly decorated Maharaja.

Performance still of Infin8, NYC’s premier South Asian-fusion dance troupe.


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