Gala Raises $100,000 to Support NJ Child Abuse Prevention Programs

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NEW BRUNSWICK – Prevent Child Abuse-New Jersey gathered citizens across the state to join together at the organization’s Annual Charity Gala at the Newark Museum on April 19. Nearly $100,000 was raised to support the organization’s evidence-based prevention programs across New Jersey.

Dr. Randal Pinkett, Chairman and CEO of BCT Partners, was honored for his unwavering commitment to healthy child development and to supporting PCANJ. Dr. Pinkett, winner of the first year’s “Apprentice” reality show with Donald Trump, leads BCT Partners, a management, technology, and policy consulting firm in Newark. He has served as the Master of Ceremonies for Prevent Child Abuse-New Jersey’s annual event for the last five years.

The event kicked off with exclusive tours of the Ballantine House, originally built in 1885, which now includes a suite of “House & Home” galleries with period pieces spread throughout. The event also featured a special guest performance by the Newark Boys Choir and the Barat Foundation’s Creation Nation, as well as a performance by speed-painting artist Tim Decker. Both of Mr. Decker’s paintings were auctioned off during the evening in support of Prevent Child Abuse-New Jersey. Keith Smith, a survivor of childhood sexual assault, spoke to a captivated audience of the need for parental vigilance and outlined a series of steps every person can take to protect their children from sexual abuse.

Corporate sponsors for the event included Prudential, Sudler Foundation, PNC Wealth Management, Wolff & Samson PC, The Bernknopf Group, Pepsi-Cola, Inglesino, Pearlman, Wyciskala & Taylor, LLC, WithumSmith+Brown PC, PSE&G, Sovereign Santander, NJ Natural Gas, ASL Interpreter Referral Service, US Retirement Partners, and Pink Dahlia.

For more information on how you can become involved to prevent child abuse and neglect, visit or call 1-800-CHILDREN.

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